Cary consulting firm shifting HQ to Florida, commits to creating 150 jobs

Consulting firm BlueLine Associates is shifting its headquarters from Cary to Tampa, Fla., where it has committed to creating 150 new jobs.

Despite the move, BlueLine CEO Rocky Silvestri said the company remains committed to keeping its office in Cary, where it employs more than 15 workers.

“Nobody is going to lose their jobs,” said Silvestri. But, he added, the focus of the company’s future growth will be in Tampa, although he does expect that the company will add sales and business development personnel in Cary as well.

BlueLine currently has about 50 employees and 25 contractors company-wide.

In announcing the move Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a prepared statement that Florida competed for the headquarters site with North Carolina and Louisiana. The announcement said the jobs being created in Florida will pay an average of $71,909 annually.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that the pitch to lure BlueLine to Tampa included $900,000 in incentives from Florida and local governments.

“Our clients are demanding that we be more price-competitive,” Silvestri said. “With the incentives that Florida gave us, we are able to provide our services at a lower cost.”

North Carolina didn’t offer any incentives, Silvestri said.

Silvestri said that the privately held company’s revenue rose by about 30 percent in 2016 and “our projected growth this year is much higher than 30 percent.”

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