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Business Observer Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 11 years ago

Savtira CEO joins Tampa EDC

Roberts joins the organization, which helped his company in August.

TAMPA -- Timothy Roberts, CEO of Savtira Corp., joined the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp.'s board of directors this week, according to a company statement.

The announcement acknowledges that Savtira “used the organization's services” roughly a year ago, when the company was first established in Ybor City. In a release, Roberts says that's why he wanted to join the organization: “The business community in Tampa Bay has served us well and we want to return our appreciation by not only working in the county but working for the county through this avenue,” Roberts says.

No further specifics are included about what Commissioner Al Higginbotham referred to as “package” of resources, given by Hillsborough County to Savtira in August to support its announced plans to hire 265 new employees over 18 months.

Instead, this week's release from Savtira describes the assistance provided by the EDC to local firms as confidential, noting that private investors work in partnership with county and city governments to attract new firms to the area.

Further questions about the incentives Savtira received from the county submitted via email were not answered prior to deadline.

Currently headquartered in Tampa, Savtira's main business offering gives retailers a method for managing the sale of both physical and electronic products through one system. A good example is DVD sales; a client with a vast library of physical movies could connect with Savtira to distribute those films electronically as well, using Savtira's servers. (For more information, see “Building on a Cloud,” April 1.)

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