Easy access, low costs seen as keys to luring tech jobs

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India-based Mindtree Limited decided to open software development centers in the United States because its Fortune 2000 clients here needed more immediate access and support for their digital offerings.

The company chose Gainesville for its first center in large part because of the access to computer science talent coming out of the University of Florida and the low cost of doing business compared with technology hubs in major metropolitan areas.

Now, other companies have taken notice and are considering the Gainesville area for their expansion plans for the same reasons.

As many as 10 prospects from the Fortune 100 to very small companies have sent senior executives to look at Gainesville in recent months, said Erik Sander, director of the Engineering Innovation Institute at the University of Florida.

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