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Welcome home: Latest companies to establish HQs in Tampa and St. Pete

Veronica Brezina



Downtown St. Petersburg. Photo: Jimmy Fashner.

The Tampa Bay area is ranked one of the top corporate relocations in multiple studies and it is evident by the rapid business activity that’s drawing even more attention to the region’s robust growth.

In a new Florida market report from Berkadia, a leader in the commercial real estate services space, the firm spotlights certain companies that have either established or relocated their headquarters in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

The majority of companies mentioned in the report either moved or were established in the region last year or in early 2022.

In 2021 alone, 94 new companies were added to St. Pete’s pipeline, and 12 projects were announced with nine being relocations, according to the St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation’s data.

According to Berkadia’s report, which references announcements from economic development groups, these were the highlighted companies that relocated their headquarters to Tampa Bay:

Companies that relocated or opened a St. Petersburg HQ

Cathie Wood of ARK Invest. File photo.

Additional companies that made a recent move to St. Pete, but were not included in the report include:

The Code-X executive team (Code-X CEO Darren LaCroix pictured in the center). Photo provided.

Companies that relocated or opened a Tampa HQ

TrustLayer co-founders John Fohr, left, and Vincenzo Acinapura. Photo courtesy of TrustLayer.

A photo of the WaterCube technology from Genesis Systems. Photo provided. 

  • Genesis Systems: An advanced technology company that aims to solve global water scarcity relocated its HQ from Kansas City to Tampa. Its water system – running entirely on green energy and renewables – is the only technology in existence that can provide up to 10 million gallons of water per day with no access to a water source required.
  • A technology firm focused on identity verification opened an office in Tampa., headquartered in McLean, Virginia, provides digital identity credentials to consumers and recently raised $100 million.
  • Manta: Manta, a data lineage company based in Prague, has established its U.S. headquarters in Tampa. “The surge of Tampa’s tech scene is a major reason why we decided to build our team in the hub of top talent,” Manta founder and CEO Tomas Kratky said in a news release. The firm recently raised $13 million in a Series A funding round that was led by Bessemer Venture Partners,, Senovo VC and Credo Ventures. The company has roughly 40 employees in a WeWork space in downtown Tampa.
  • AFC Transport: AFC, a leading freight company, relocated its AFC Logistics division to Tampa. The company is working toward reaching a revenue goal of $300 million in three years, therefore it plans to hire up to 150 employees to accomplish that target.

The list goes on to include QuoteWizard, Signode Industrial Group, SuzukiMarine USA, HSP Group and MRA Capital Partners. The report also lists California-based company Fast, which has now shuttered its operations.

However, the report did not include OPSWAT, Rapid7, Avanade, the $2 billion-plus Microsoft solutions provider, that announced its new Tampa Bay engineering hub will be the first of its kind in the United States, and other firms that have relocated or expanded in Tampa.

Please be aware this story includes information from the EDCs and Berkadia’s report. It does not list every single company that has relocated or become established in the markets as the region’s business climate continues to evolve. 

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