Area Development
BlueWare, Inc., a Michigan-based information technology company, plans to relocate its operations to Melbourne, Florida, as part of a $5 million capital investment expected to create an estimated 190 jobs over the next four years.

BlueWare software, now called BestBond, collects patient information from different systems and merges the information into a common, user-friendly, view of the patient's entire health history. The firm will be developing and writing software, document scanning and developing in areas of robotics, nanotechnology and genomics, as it applies to a patient's medical records.

"After a two-year nationwide search and extensive analysis, BlueWare has chosen to relocate its corporate headquarters to Melbourne due to several factors, including the area's technical talent and strategic east coast location," said Rose Harr, BlueWare president and CEO. "BlueWare holds 10 companies within its corporate family and we look forward to expanding our presence in healthcare, education, and government sectors."

The firm plans to move into a yet-to-be-disclosed location in downtown Melbourne. Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast worked closely with the company to demonstrate the advantages of locating in Brevard County and developed a competitive proposal outlining the tax advantages and skilled labor pool. BlueWare selected Brevard County over two other potential sites primarily due to its skilled labor pool and attractive tax climate, state economic development officials said. In a package of incentives, company was awarded a State of Florida Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund, workforce incentives and participation in the Quick Action Closing Fund to offset the costs of location, employee training, and infrastructure.

"BlueWare's choice to move to Florida is a testament to the strength of our business climate and the result of a common vision for economic growth by local, regional, business and government partners," said Florida Governor Rick Scott.