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02 Nov 2012
Global Technology Company Chooses to Expand in Melbourne - (PDF Download)
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Global Technology Company Chooses to Expand
in Melbourne

Plans to Create 115 Jobs by End of 2013

Brevard County, Fla. (November 2, 2012) – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) is pleased to announce that Nuance Communications, a Burlington, Mass.-based technology company specializing in voice and language solutions, will expand its operations in Melbourne.

In the initiative originally known as Project Speak, Nuance plans to create 115 new jobs at its present location at 3984 Pepsi Cola Drive in Melbourne. The company will also make additional capital investments in its facility to support the expansion. At full employment, Nuance Communications’ total projected economic impact will reach nearly $9.5 million.

“Melbourne provides Nuance with a strong foundation to expand our business,” said Pat Cinalli, vice president at Nuance’s Brevard facility. “We are pleased to be able to leverage an extensive, talented work force in the region and to continue our long, successful history in Melbourne.”

The EDC worked closely with the company to demonstrate the competitive advantages of a Brevard County expansion and identified ways in which the company could reduce costs. The EDC also assisted Nuance Communications in obtaining state and local incentives that were required to improve the operating cost structure to move the expansion forward in Melbourne. 

“For companies like Nuance Communications that have footprints in many states and countries, corporate expansions are highly competitive projects. We are delighted that Nuance Communications has chosen to expand on the Space Coast, a location that uniquely blends a highly skilled workforce and a competitive cost structure. We look forward to the company’s continued growth and success on the Space Coast,” said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.

The company considered sites in at least two other locations before ultimately choosing the Space Coast. The EDC and its project partners at the City of Melbourne, Brevard County, Brevard Workforce and Enterprise Florida, worked collaboratively to successfully bring this expansion to Brevard County.

“Nuance Communications has been a natural fit for Florida’s business community as well as Brevard County’s, making a positive economic impact through the delivery of its products and services,” said Gray Swoope, president and CEO of Enterprise Florida Inc., the state’s principal economic development organization. “The company’s choice to expand in Melbourne, adding more jobs, demonstrates Florida’s success in retaining progressive organizations that help to keep the state competitive.”

Nuance Communications expects to complete its expansion by the fourth quarter of 2013.


About the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, supporting efforts of Space Coast military installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high tech companies.  The EDC is a private, not-for-profit coalition whose stakeholders are business leaders committed to the economic growth and stability of Florida’s Space Coast. Visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org.

About Nuance Communications, Inc.
Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.
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