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Science Software Developer Azalea Health To Open Gainesville, Florida, Operation Center

Area Development Online News Desk (02/21/2014)
Science software developer Azalea Health plans to open an operation center at the University of Florida’s Innovation Square in Gainesville. The firm is a provider of cloud-based electronic health records and practice management software, and revenue cycle management services.

“We chose the Gainesville area because of the great availability of quality talent coming out of the universities, technical schools, and community colleges, as well as the innovative and supportive community,” said Doug Swords, Chief Financial Officer of Azalea Health. “Azalea looks forward to recruiting a dedicated team of enthusiastic individuals in order to continue the company’s track record of success.”

Governor Rick Scott said, “We are excited that Azalea Health has chosen Gainesville for their expansion. Not only have we created more than 440,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010, but Florida’s unemployment rate is lower than it’s been in five years.”

President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope said, “This expansion is a great addition to Florida’s growing life science sector. Our skilled workforce and strong business climate are two necessary components for the expansion of businesses like Azalea Health, and we will continue to share Florida’s business story to bring more industry leaders like Azalea Health to the state.”

This project was made possible thanks to strong partnerships at the state and local levels. Enterprise Florida, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville Council for Economic Outreach, and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity worked with Azalea to make this expansion possible.

“Azalea Health is a natural fit in the Gainesville area because of the talent that our area develops year after year, but also to grow at the heart of Gainesville’s thriving healthcare industry,” said John Carlson, Chair of the Council for Economic Outreach. “The creation of 10 new jobs, as well as the potential for growth in our area will help bolster our efforts at the retention of our local graduates to live and work in our community.

“We are thrilled that the life sciences industry is growing in Florida and that companies like Azalea Health are taking advantage of our talented workforce and pro-growth tax policies,” said Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “Gainesville is a great city to grow a small business and we look forward to Azalea Health creating jobs for Florida families and investing in our state.”

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