St. Pete Makes Bid for Second GeekWire HQ

Gorgeous weather, top notch foodie spots, a thriving art community. St. Pete has all the qualities that make it a prime location for a company’s headquarters. Now, the Burg is making a push for GeekWire to enjoy some Vinoy sunrises.

GeekWire is a fast-growing, national technology news site with strong roots in the Seattle region and a large audience of loyal, tech-savvy readers around the globe, who follow the site for breaking news, expert analysis and unique insights into the technology industry.

The company will be establishing a second temporary headquarters (“GeekWire HQ2”) in another North American city, embedding itself in a carefully selected community for at least the month of February to report on its tech scene and assess its chances of becoming the next great North American tech city. GeekWire HQ2 is expected to provide daily media coverage to the selected community.

The Burg is #WaitingOnGeekWire

St. Pete’s pitch centered around its lifestyle perks — like hiking, biking, and beaches — and a young, skilled workforce. Home to several universities, the proposal states “students often fall in love with the area and decide to stay.”

As for the tech industry, St. Pete says entrepreneurs see the Tampa Bay region as “uncharted territory.” The strongest growth is in the financial-tech space, with startups like The Penny Hoarder and Intrinio.

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Written by Brian Bailey


Brian Bailey is the founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Brian is currently the Chief Marketing & Experience Officer for Metro Inclusive Health.