Has Mobiquity chosen Gainesville? Answer could come soon
Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:38 p.m.
The announcement that a new company is moving to Innovation Square has been imminent -- for weeks.
The University of Florida News Desk first put out a schedule of news releases on March 29 saying an announcement would come April 4, later amending it to say April 10, which passed with no announcement.
Apparently, the holdup is the Governor's Office. Gov. Rick Scott likes to break good news about job creation. He has been busy on that front this month, releasing news about four companies creating more than 2,000 jobs in Florida.
The Governor's Press Office still was putting information together Thursday afternoon.
Perhaps the announcement will coincide with Friday's unemployment report, as was the case with Scott's visit to Prioria Robotics in Gainesville on Oct. 19.
Spokesmen for UF and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce are not naming names on the record.
A computer science professor at UF casually dropped the name of Mobiquity during an interview this week as if the company's expansion to Gainesville were a foregone conclusion.
Computer science and engineering faculty have been active in economic development efforts to lure companies such as Mindtree and Sears interested in hiring graduates for information technology positions.
Kristin Parran Faulder, a spokeswoman for Mobiquity, said Thursday that the company still is evaluating Gainesville, among other locations.
The Gainesville and Alachua County commissions in January approved tax rebates to Mobiquity of as much as $208,000 each as part of the 20 percent local match required for the state's Qualified Target Industry rebate totaling $2.08 million. The rebate would be given in return for Mobiquity creating 260 jobs over four years if it expands here.
The Massachusetts-based company develops mobile applications and advises companies on their mobile strategies, among their services.
According to its QTI application, Mobiquity is considering five other states.
Anthony Clark is business editor of The Sun. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 338-3171.