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Business Observer Wednesday, Sep. 8, 2010 10 years ago

NFSTC expands, adds 40 jobs

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The National Forensic Science Technology Center opens a Largo facility.

The National Forensic Science Technology Center, which currently employs 55 workers in Pinellas County, will establish a for-profit enterprise in Largo called the Forensic Innovation Center. It will add 40 jobs paying 150% of the county's average wage, a release said.

The center will research, develop, test and evaluate forensic solutions for crimes and threats.

“With this expansion, we'll clarify the different activities the NFSTC will do in the grant and cooperative agreement arena and the contract work the FIC will do in the for-profit sector, raise the bar on innovation and build a 40 person workforce over the next several years,” explained NFSTC CEO Kevin Lothridge.

The expansion will receive financial assistance from the state's Qualified Target Industry (QTI) tax refund program, but a specific dollar amount was not disclosed.

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