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Keeping an eye on the high-tech neighbors

By DAVE GUSSOW

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 5, 2001


Florida's high-tech community is beginning to learn who lives in the neighborhood.

For years, it has been difficult to define the state's high-tech sector because so many companies kept low public profiles. That's changing.

In florida.high.tech 2001 magazine, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and the Maddux Report list more than 5,200 companies in 21 counties across Central Florida, including the Tampa Bay area. The list also is supposed to be online soon at www.floridahightech.com.

The council includes economic development groups, the University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida and businesses. Its mission since it began in 1996 is to create an image for the high-tech community.

Randy Berridge, president of the council, called it "the most comprehensive publication ever produced on the Florida High Tech Corridor." It plans to mail more than 30,000 copies of the publication to economic development agencies, businesses and others across the state and country.

Even with the list, it's likely some companies escaped detection. But their neighbors are looking for them.

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