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Software firm considers Holiday

The growing Palm Harbor company may move to a space it owns on U.S. 19., south of Flora Avenue.

By JENNIFER GOLDBLATT, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 3, 2002


HOLIDAY -- Pasco County soon could get wired up for 450 high-paying high-tech jobs.

Officials from SCC Soft Computer, a Palm Harbor company that develops and services software for the health care industry, said Monday that SCC may move to a space the company principals own in Holiday.

"We're really running out of space in our current facility," said Armin Hakim, the company's vice president of administration.

He said SCC is looking for places near the current office. If the company doesn't find a site soon, it will move to a shopping center in Holiday, at 1210 U.S. 19, just south of Flora Avenue, which would offer about 100,000 square feet of space.

"If we haven't found anything else in a few months, we pretty much have no choice but to move everything" to Holiday, Hakim said.

The move would be a coup for Pasco, where nearly a quarter of all income comes from Social Security checks and unemployment benefits, and the average income is $24,153. SCC offers a median salary of $45,000, and hires 60 to 70 additional workers each year, Hakim said.

SCC's relocation also would fit into an economic development plan suggested to the county nearly two years ago. Bill Fruth, a consultant in Jupiter, advised county leaders to woo companies that serve the health care industry because they offer high-paying jobs, and because about half of the county's service jobs are in the health care industry.

SCC began in 1979 in New York and moved to its current location in 1996, rescuing the mostly vacant Park Avenue shopping center from foreclosure. The company employs 700 workers all over the United States, Poland and Ukraine, and logged $40-million in sales in 2000, according to the company's Web site.

Hakim said the company will decide on a move in February.

The Holiday location is appealing, he said, because it fronts U.S. 19 and would be convenient for SCC employees, most of whom live within 10 miles of the current site. He said he was not aware of any incentives that Pasco County or the state might offer SCC for the move.

-- Jennifer Goldblatt covers business in Pasco County. She can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6229, or toll-free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6229. Her e-mail address is goldblatt@sptimes.com .

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