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Jabil to move technology operations to Ceridian complex

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St. Pete-based Jabil Circuit will be moving part of its technology operations to the Ceridian building on 34 Street South in the Skyway Marina District.

The bulk of operations will remain at its North St. Pete headquarters for now, despite rumors the company could be planning an entire move.

According to St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell, who represents that district, the tech giant is entering into a short- term lease that will be at least three years and the city and Mayor Rick Kriseman plan to work with the company to ensure the company stays over the long run.

“This is what will really transform the area,” Kornell said.

The Skyway Marina District is undergoing something of a facelift as Kornell heads efforts to revitalize the area in order to attract business. A plan has already been set into motion that includes rezoning to allow more mixed-use development including residential as well as other attractors like better signing and streetscaping.

The space Jabil will rent is about 50,000 square feet.

Kornell said St. Pete College President Dr. William Law has previously told him the school is a “willing partner” in attracting businesses to the area. According to Kornell, Law has expressed willingness to develop curriculum specifically crafted for large businesses that need employees with specific training. However, Kornell points out Jabil was not specifically mentioned in those talks.

“Imagine if we got Jabil there with quality jobs and SPC to provide the education and training,” Kornell said. “And it’s right here in the community.”

Specifics of the deal have not been released yet, but Kornell said he received a phone call from Mayor Rick Kriseman Friday saying it was a done deal.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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