Mobiquity, a leading professional services firm and mobile application developer, announced Wednesday that it has selected Gainesville for a new expansion effort that will result in 260 new jobs for the area over the next three years.
The business community has been anticipating the announcement for several weeks after the company filed for tax rebates from the city, with the Council for Economic Outreach heavily recruiting Mobiquity since December 2012 when it first announced plans to expand.
The expansion will include an office located in Innovation Square off Southwest Second Avenue that will follow the business model already established in its home office in Boston. Mobiquity selected Gainesville for its access to a highly educated talent pool, as well as its central location.
“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.,” Bill Seibel, Mobiquity’s founder and CEO, said in a news release. “It is a win-win.”
Mobiquity specializes in creating mobile solutions and apps that drive business value through focused mobile strategies, user-centered design and core technology capabilities. It currently works with more than 140 companies, including CVS, Fidelity Investments and Weight Watchers International.
The firm will join a roster of companies including SumTotal Systems, Silver Airways, Mindtree Ltd. and Sears Holdings that have either relocated or expanded to Gainesville during the last few years.
“The dedication to fostering innovation in our thriving community is quickly becoming known throughout the nation and the world,” John Carlson, chairman of the Council for Economic Outreach, said in a news release.
A community celebration welcoming Mobiquity to Gainesville is scheduled for May 8 at 10 a.m. at Ayers Plaza.