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Tech Firm Drift Opens Tampa, Florida, Operations Complex

Boston-based tech company Drift is expanding and locating its fourth operations center in Tampa, Florida. The project is expected to create 100 new jobs by 2021.

A leading conversational marketing platform, with offices in San Francisco and Seattle, Drift said it plans to hire rapidly in order to meet growing demand as more businesses seek to remove friction from the B2B buying process.

“Our goal at Drift is to provide the best possible experience for our customers. And as we grow to support our customers’ diverse needs, we recognized that we had to expand our footprint and seek out a location with a budding tech scene and a diverse talent pool,” said founder and CEO David Cancel. “Not only does Tampa have access to students from schools like University of South Florida, University of Tampa and Eckerd College, but in the past five years, tech-related jobs in the Tampa Bay area were up 27.6% and the city has been rated as one of the top places to start a career. We’re excited to capitalize on this pipeline of talent and are committed to investing in the future of the Tampa Bay area.”

This project was made possible in strong partnership with the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, SPP, Embarc Collective, and the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council.

“Hot on the heels of our ranking as a top 20 ‘tech town,’ Drift’s announcement to expand in Tampa solidifies the fact that our city is on a roll when it comes to attracting top-notch companies and talent,” said Mayor Jane Castor, City of Tampa. “We are beyond excited Drift has chosen Tampa for the creation of new high-quality jobs and we’re excited for the company’s future here.”

“Drift’s exciting announcement confirms Tampa’s rise in the tech industry,” said Craig Richard, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council. “Our team was pleased to be a part of this project with our valued partners, and we look forward to supporting Drift as it ramps up operations in Tampa.”

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