Florida’s rebranded workforce development system will have a Flagler County flavor to it.
The newly rebranded CareerSource Florida, formerly known as Workforce Florida, has hired Flagler County-based Coastal Cloud to provide technology services to its Expanding Business Engagement initiative. Tim Hale, co-owner of Coastal Cloud, said his firm will “configure and implement” one of the tools CareerSource Florida will use in the initiative. Hale declined to say how much the contract is worth.
Hale said his company will provide cloud computing — i.e., Internet-based — software packages and support for CareerSource Florida through Salesforce.com, a customer relationship management tool. The software will help local workforce development boards track and manage activities with potential employers. The contract is the latest of 25 new clients Coastal Cloud had signed in the year since it announced plans to locate its headquarters in Flagler County.
“It’s a good example of the state selecting a local technology company to provide services across the state,” Hale said. Hale said Coastal Cloud has outpaced its plans to hire 15 employees over the past year and has already added 25 staffers to its workforce. “We are having good success in the marketplace,” he said. “We’re well ahead of what our business plan is.“ Hale said the contract with CareerSource Florida capped a strong first year for the company. “It’s a good birthday present,” he said.
Helga van Eckert, executive director of the Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity, said she is not surprised the company has exceeded expectations. “Coastal Cloud’s success is encouraging, but not unexpected,” she said. “Since the firm opened its doors in Flagler County last year, its reputation for technical expertise and customer service is making it the ‘go-to’ business for Salesforce(.com) in the state."
Van Eckert said the company’s growth is also good news for Flagler County. “From a county perspective, Coastal Cloud’s success ensures a steady workflow and employment opportunities for the resident,” she said.
“Their success is good for Flagler County and the State of Florida.”