HealthPlan Services Invests $34.4 Million To Expand Its Tampa, Florida, Operations Center
Area Development Online News Desk (09/19/2013)
HealthPlan Services, a technology, sales, retention and administrative services provider for the insurance and managed care markets, will expand its Tampa, Florida, offices to include a new state-of-the-art 95,689-square-foot facility. The $34.4 million capital investment project is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs in Hillsborough County.
Founded in 1970, HPS currently employs 652 individuals in Hillsborough County, with an additional 119 employees throughout the state. “This expansion strengthens our commitment to provide our clients with the innovative services and high-quality customer support they need to succeed,” said Jeff Bak, HPS President and CEO. “In our search to determine where HPS would expand, we evaluated several states that had strong attributes. A big part of our decision to expand in Florida was the talented workforce in the Tampa Bay area and the tremendous support we received from Governor Scott, the Governor’s team at Enterprise Florida, led by Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, and the Hillsborough County and City of Tampa economic development teams, including the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.”
Gov. Rick Scott said, “We are pleased that HealthPlan Services is expanding in the Tampa Bay community and thrilled that they are going to create more than 1,000 jobs for Florida families by 2018. Florida’s economic turnaround continues and today’s announcement is proof that our efforts to make Florida the top state in the nation for business and families are paying off.”
“More and more, industry leaders like HealthPlan Services are seeing the value, resources and talent that Florida provides, and are establishing and expanding in our state,” said Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, who also serves as president and CEO of Enterprise Florida. “We are thrilled that HPS has found a home in Tampa and is continuing to add high-quality jobs in Florida.”
The project was made possible through a partnership between Enterprise Florida, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Workforce Florida, Inc. and Department of Economic Opportunity.
“We fought hard to keep these jobs in our community,” said David Pizzo, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. Chairman and Market President, West Florida Region for Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company. “This expansion sends a clear message that we are a premier destination for business, and a growing leader in the health and life sciences sector, with government partners that strongly support the creation of new, high-wage jobs in our target industries.”