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Florida Business Continuity Center opens in Winter Haven

March 16, 2010

Winter Haven continues to develop into a high-tech hub. Last week saw the grand opening of the Florida Business Continuity Center, which helps companies recover data and house employees following a disaster. It’s located in the Inland Fiber and Data Technology Park at 199 Avenue B NW, the same building that houses the University of South Florida Polytechnic’s Blue Sky East business accelerator.

“Organizations are wise to prepare early for potential downtime of their primary offices, to insure continuity of daily functions and provide convenient close-proximity, easy-access temporary workspace for their staff,” says Carl Strang III, president, Florida Business Continuity Center. “We’ve had a good response. There’s a real need out there.”

The 250-workstation, 14,000-square-foot Florida Business Continuity Center provides full-service alternate workspace recovery facilities and services in a secure inland location for continuity of business and employee operations.

According to Strang, Winter Haven provides an ideal location, as it is easily accessible from all parts of the state yet away from the risks associated with coastal locations. The city also lies outside the 500-year flood zone and outside the maximum wind-borne-debris areas associated with a land-falling hurricane.

“Having access to this sort of technology and security is a game changer for our efforts to recruit high-tech firms to Winter Haven,” said Jeff Vermeulen, Blue Sky’s business development manager. “To call it unique is an understatement. It’s truly one of a kind. It’s a great recruiting tool to tell potential clients they can be housed in a secure physical building and have their data backed up by state of the art technology.”

The Blue Sky facilities are the first public business technology incubators in Polk County. They focus on attracting and nurturing entrepreneurial businesses by creating a place where USF Poly faculty, staff and students can work with businesses to develop innovative technology. Incubated companies will benefit from the proximity to and resources of a national research university as well as the assets of economic development networks.