Information technology company ReliaQuest is creating up to 55 new jobs in an expansion of its corporate headquarters in Tampa, state officials said Friday.
"Every new job puts us closer to our goal of becoming the No. 1 state for job creation," Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. "While ReliaQuest considered other states, they ultimately chose Florida as the best place to expand their business and create new jobs."
ReliaQuest indicated workers will be hired for key roles in the company's round-the-clock security operating center, which provides security solutions for its customers.
ReliaQuest president and CEO Brian Murphy said the company's rapid growth and demand for services caused it to "seriously consider" relocating the operating center to an area more central to its North American customer base.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said the company had offers from at least three other states and was encouraged by some top clients to relocate.
But it chose to stay, expressing confidence in the competitiveness of the area's high-tech workforce. Murphy also happens to serve as this year's chairman of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, a regional tech advocacy group, and recently kicked off a strategic plan to raise the profile of the tech industry in this part of Florida.
"We are committed to expanding our base of operations in Tampa and helping to highlight this region as one of the top information technology sector destinations in the United States," Murphy said. "The support we have received from the city, county and state has been tremendous, and will greatly enhance our ability to attract and retain the world-class talent our organization needs to thrive here."
Job seekers interested in applying are urged to visit the company's career website at reliaquest.com/about-us/careers.
The announcement came a day after Scott visited the Tampa Bay area to celebrate job creation at another company, Jagged Peak in St. Petersburg.