National defense intelligence company will add up to 40 jobs and invest $3.4 million in new facility

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced today that national defense intelligence company CLI Solutions plans to expand their Tampa operations, creating up to 40 jobs and $3.4 million in capital investment with the construction of a new headquarters facility in 2013.  The positions will include translators, linguists, analysts and engineers.

Governor Scott said, “It was great news when CLI Solutions decided to locate their headquarters in Tampa, and now they have chosen to expand even further in Florida. My top priority is to create a business climate that will create more jobs for Florida’s families. We are striving to make Florida the best place in the world to do business, and Florida’s families deserve the best job opportunities available to help them live the American Dream. It’s great news as we head into the holiday season.”

Founded in 2005, CLI Solutions is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, specializing in linguistic services, human terrain analysis, cultural awareness and language training, strategic communications, intelligence analytical support, operations and program management.  In 2010, the company relocated to its current corporate headquarters in Tampa after securing a major intelligence and analysis support contract with United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), in partnership with SAIC, an American defense company.  They currently employ 49 staff members in Tampa, with additional employees in Kentucky and Washington, DC. Employees are expected receive a salary of more than $60,000 per year.

“CLI Solutions is a valued member of the Hillsborough County business community and we couldn’t be more pleased to share in their success,” said the Hon. Ken Hagan, Chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.  “Their expansion plans underscore our commitment to creating an environment where existing companies can grow and prosper.”

Tampa competed against three alternative sites for the expansion project, including Atlanta, Charlotte and Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  Proximity to MacDill Air Force Base (AFB) and access to an abundant, highly-trained workforce were cited as significant factors in the decision.  MacDill AFB has long been touted by business and community leaders as a critical factor in economic development activities, along with a growing number of related military assets.

“At CLI Solutions, we employ specialists with advanced degrees and experience in the intelligence field,” said Husein Atari, President and CEO.  “Because we hire locally, it is important for us to be based in a strong, defense-oriented community.  We look forward to continuing our growth in Tampa and providing high-paying, stable careers for our retiring service members.”

The company will target military and civilian employees retiring from USCENTCOM and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), as well as those displaced by NASA layoffs on the Space Coast.

“I am proud to see a local small business like CLI Solutions expand and bring millions in private investment to our community,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.  “With 40 new jobs, their success of one more example of high tech and defense companies thriving in Tampa.”

“CLI Solutions illustrates the ability of defense and security companies to flourish in Hillsborough County,” said Rick Homans, President and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.  “Their expansion aligns with our efforts to promote and expand this industry, and provides another compelling reason to retain our military veterans within the local labor force.”

For more information on CLI Solutions, or to apply for available job opportunities, visit the company online at www.clisolutions.com.

About the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (www.TampaEDC.com) is the lead economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace.  Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC drives job creation and capital investment through the recruitment, expansion and retention of economic base businesses in Hillsborough County.

 

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