Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Mobiquity, a leading professional services firm, has selected Gainesville as the site for its expansion and will add 260 jobs over the next three years. Driven by significant company growth and industry demand for its mobile app development expertise, Mobiquity selected Gainesville as the perfect location to expand, leveraging the engineering talent at the University of Florida and in the broader community.
Governor Scott said, “Mobiquity’s decision to expand in Florida and create 260 jobs is great news for our families. Today’s announcement shows that Florida’s STEM workforce continues to rapidly grow. Strong support for STEM fields is enhanced by Florida’s top-notch higher education institutions – like the University of Florida. Florida is the perfect place for businesses to succeed and grow, and for Florida families to be able to live their version of the American Dream.”
The Council for Economic Outreach worked with local and state partners including representatives from the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, Innovation Square, FloridaWorks, the City of Gainesville, Alachua County, and Enterprise Florida, Inc. to show Mobiquity that Gainesville is truly a leading hub for innovation and technology.
“The unique combination of highly educated students, graduates and professionals, and an ideal location, brought us to Gainesville,” said Bill Seibel, founder and CEO of Mobiquity. “The University of Florida provides a rich pool of engineers that will allow us to meet the demand of our clients to create quality, enterprise–class mobile solutions, while generating more jobs right here in the U.S. It is a win/win.”
“The addition of Mobiquity to the Gainesville area is testimony to the outstanding effort of the Council for Economic Outreach in working with so many stakeholders to showcase the talents and potential of Gainesville,” said Gainesville Mayor-Elect Ed Braddy. “The number of jobs created and the economic boon to the city is a further step towards a prosperous community that we want for all of our citizens.”
The Council for Economic Outreach, the designated economic entity for Alachua County, has been working to recruit Mobiquity since December 2012 when the company first decided to expand from its Boston, MA headquarters.
“The dedication to fostering innovation in our thriving community is quickly becoming known throughout the nation and the world,” said John Carlson, chairman of the Council for Economic Outreach. “Keeping our world-class talent produced by our educational institutions has been a main focus in developing our innovation economy, and the recruitment of growing, innovative companies like Mobiquity and the 260 jobs that it plans on creating exemplifies that focus.”
Mobiquity expects the office to be located in Innovation Square, the live/work/play research community being developed on Southwest Second Avenue between the UF campus and downtown Gainesville.
Cammy Abernathy, dean of UF’s College of Engineering, welcomed the announcement.
“In order to compete in today’s global economy, employers like Mobiquity must be able to recruit employees that are not only technically proficient but also those who can also innovate and communicate. Gator Engineering graduates not only have a long standing legacy of professional excellence, they are also trained to think and act as leaders and creative problem solvers,” she said. “We are very proud that the excellence of our students and faculty served as a key ingredient in recruiting Mobiquity to Gainesville. Together with the rest of the community, we extend our warmest welcome.”
Mobiquity plans to replicate their successful model like they have already implemented in Boston, leveraging proven agile processes to keep efficiency and quality high, and costs competitive.
“We are thrilled to welcome an innovator like Mobiquity and support their growth with the amazing talent being produced by the University of Florida,” said Ed Poppell, a representative for UF’s Innovation Square. “We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership as they grow and establish themselves here in the Gainesville community.”
Mobiquity is a leading professional services firm working with the Global 2000 to create engaging enterprise-class mobile solutions and apps that drive business value. Because mobile is in our DNA, clients benefit from how we expertly and effectively blend the three key disciplines that unleash the power and innovation of mobile computing: strategy, user-centered design and core technology. Since inception in 2011, we have worked with more than 140 companies, including CVS, Fidelity Investments, MetLife, the New York Post, Putnam Investments, The Boston Globe and Weight Watchers International. SAP also selected Mobiquity as a partner to help customers develop and implement mobile strategies and applications that optimize investments in SAP enterprise solutions. To learn more, visit www.mobiquityinc.com.
About the Council for Economic Outreach
The Council for Economic Outreach (CEO) is the designated economic development entity for all of Alachua County. CEO’s charge is to assist existing businesses through expansion, to help grow new companies in our community and to attract new opportunities to Alachua County. CEO was the first economic development organization in the state of Florida to earn recognition as an Accredited Economic Development Organization by the American Economic Development Council. Learn more at www.gceo.com.