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Posted December 15, 2016 | 4:10 PM

Hillsborough County Innovation District Nets 500 Tech Jobs

CareSync expansion is latest success in County's cutting-edge initiative

A new piece of Hillsborough County's burgeoning "Innovation District" recently fell into place as CareSync moved its growing operations to Hidden River Corporate Park, east of the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.

The company, which has created an app and supporting services to connect health-care providers with patients' medical records, plans to have about 500 employees by the end of 2017. That's 150 workers from CareSync's former headquarters in Wesley Chapel, and 350 more people the company has hired or expects to bring on in coming months.

The relocated company fits neatly with plans for the Innovation District, which call for establishing a cohesive economic engine fueled by high-tech businesses and entrepreneurs on more than 12,200 acres anchored by USF, H. Lee Moffit Cancer Center, Busch Gardens, Florida Hospital, and University Mall.

CareSync's business model is precisely the type envisioned by Innovation District backers. The company plans to invest up to $4.5 million in its new Hidden River headquarters, which eventually will swell to 51,000 square feet across several floors.

Local dignitaries gathered on Dec. 14 to dedicate CareSync's new headquarters, and to speak of how the Tampa Bay area has moved to the forefront of desirable locations, nationally, for high-tech businesses. The "I-4 Corridor" between Tampa and Orlando is a hub of activity, and Hillsborough County is reaping the benefits of that energy and investment.

On Dec. 1, the White House announced Tampa/Hillsborough County is one of 20 new TechHire Communities throughout the country. That designation, coupled with a $3.8 million federal grant to train about 1,000 local people, ages 17 through 29, for high-tech jobs, will help supply businesses in the Innovation District and elsewhere with a ready supply of qualified employees.

Hillsborough County is investing $2 million to create a master plan for the Innovation District.

Photo Information: CareSync, which recently moved to Hidden River Corporate Park, is precisely the type of business envisioned by backers of Hillsborough County's Innovation District.