Tampa, Fla. – Dec. 12, 2016 – Lukos, LLC, a veteran-owned provider of professional services to the federal government, has announced that it will expand its headquarters in Hillsborough County. The company will add up to 10 new-to-Florida positions by 2017 in roles including project managers and financial analysts. The new jobs will pay an average annual wage of at least $72,000.
“Tampa has the access we need to the military and technology communities,” said Garth Arevalo, Lukos CEO. “We started our business in Tampa and thanks to connections to MacDill Air Force Base and the growing technology ecosystem, we have even more opportunities to expand here.”
Lukos specializes in supporting federal government acquisition programs, delivering technical, engineering, and healthcare advice, training and operations support, logistics planning, and maximizing human performance. The company’s expansion was spurred by a new project that will deliver a mobile application for combat trauma care training to Defense Health Agencies and military users worldwide.
“Florida is home to more than 3,000 headquarters offices and Lukos is a fantastic addition to that strong foundation of business leaders,” said Mike Grissom, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Florida’s pro-business climate, low taxes, and large and diverse workforce make it the premier location in the nation for companies to locate their headquarters operations.”
Lukos is investing $10,000 in its new headquarters, to be located at 109 N. Brush St., Suite 400 in Tampa.
“Lukos’ expansion announcement is great news for both veteran and civilian job seekers in Tampa,” said Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “Florida veterans bring invaluable skills to our state’s competitive labor force, and I am proud of this veteran-owned company’s success.”
The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.
“Lukos could have made the decision to locate these jobs elsewhere, but they chose to create them in Tampa,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa. “That speaks volumes about Tampa’s attractiveness to innovative, high-growth local companies, who are finding the support they need to successfully expand here.”
“Lukos is a fine example of the kind of innovative, veteran-owned companies that we will work hard to retain and support in Hillsborough County,” said the Hon. Stacy White, Chair of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. “Three other states competed for this expansion and offered attractive package to tempt Lukos to leave. We are very glad they chose to stay here and bring more jobs to our community.”
Lukos was recently awarded a $3.8m two-year prime contract in support of the Defense Health Agency’s efforts to create a new knowledge and learning system utilizing a mobile application that aims to both lower preventable casualties on the battlefield and create a ready medical force for the future. The project, known as the Medical Content Delivery Service (MCDS), will host a centralized repository for a vast variety of Department of Defense medical knowledge and learning content and will be published both online and to individually owned mobile devices.
The MCDS software platforms are scheduled for initial operational capability release in early spring 2017.
“We are a powerful military community,” said Ken Atwater, Ph.D., chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and president of Hillsborough Community College. “By supporting Lukos’ expansion, Tampa and Hillsborough County are demonstrating our commitment to helping local veteran entrepreneurs succeed. We are excited about Lukos’ future and look forward to assisting Garth and his team as they continue to grow.”
Individuals interested in open job opportunities may refer to the company’s website at http://lukos.com/
Lukos delivers professional services to the Federal Government. Our core focus areas include support to acquisition programs, technical and engineering advice, training and operations support, logistics planning, maximizing human performance, and healthcare advice. Lukos principals have decades of experience working with special operations forces, acquisition program offices, and major joint commands.
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses. EFI launched “Florida – The Future is Here” to promote the state as the nation’s premier business destination.
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation works to develop and sustain a thriving economy through the attraction, expansion and retention of high-wage jobs and capital investment in Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace. Our efforts are focused on growing locally established companies as well as recruiting corporate headquarters and regional operations in targeted industry sectors including Defense & Security, Distribution & Logistics, Financial & Professional Services, Information Technology, Life Sciences, and Manufacturing.
The EDC exists because of the generous support of more than 100 corporations, the Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough County, and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. To learn more, visit www.tampaedc.com.