August 29, 2019 (Courtesy: Jacksonville Business Journal)
Emtec Inc., a Pennsylvania-based IT consultancy with a large Jacksonville presence, officially announced Thursday that it will move its headquarters to Jacksonville next month.
Emtec Managing Director Doug Goodall told the Business Journal in July that the move was coming as the company readied to launch new divisions, including a cybersecurity division, and double its Jacksonville headcount to 150 over the next two years.
“The need for Cyber Security services is exploding with potential and our strategic digital and cyber partners have uniquely positioned Emtec to make a bold impact out the gate with its cutting-edge managed offerings,” Goodall said Thursday. “Jacksonville offers a sizeable pool of local and veteran talent that will support the launch and success of our cyber security initiatives and continued expansion.”
The company has maintained a large presence in Jacksonville for decades, mainly to service Duval County Public Schools, and has a range of city clients, including the city government and JEA. This helped tip the scales towards Jacksonville when Emtec was exploring options for new headquarters.
“When we started looking at moving our headquarters, we had numerous options available,” CFO Gregory Chandler said. “Not only have the City of Jacksonville and DCPS been great partners for over fifteen years, but when we mentioned our search, the local community rallied around the idea of Jacksonville being our top choice. In addition to the growing economy and talent base, we found the quality of life/low cost of living in Jacksonville and Florida compelling.”
Goodall previously told the Business Journal the company decided on Jacksonville even without incentives, choosing to hit the ground running as soon as possible rather than wait to go through the incentive process.
“The Jacksonville area has seen substantial growth over the last 18 years with market leaders in the areas of manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, technology and transportation all making similar moves or investments in the area to support their growth goals,” said Emtec President Sunil Misra. “We look forward to working more closely with both our public sector clients as well as these market-leading enterprises to help them move the needle and drive tangible value from their IT investments. Also, 220 days of sunshine a year doesn’t hurt.”