Founded in 1992 by Palm Harbor resident Paul Toomey, Geographic Solutions is a software development firm that specializes in the design and development of custom online solutions for workforce development, labor market information, and unemployment insurance agencies. Since inception, the company has implemented state-of-the-art employment websites that collectively serve millions of job seekers and employers in over 35 states and outlying territories, far surpassing the experience of any other vendor in the industry.
Geographic Solutions’ groundbreaking achievements include the launch of the nation’s first website to provide labor market statistics for public and government use. The company is also credited with launching the nation’s first website designed specifically for career centers, which included tools to assist staff managing individuals benefiting from U.S. Department of Labor public assistance programs. To keep up with changing times, Geographic Solutions has also developed custom mobile applications for its clients, and efficiency tools to streamline the day-to-day business processes of career centers. Another notable company achievement was the development of a modernized online unemployment insurance solution.
“As a Florida-based company, we are proud to partner with the state to make available hundreds of thousands of quality jobs to Florida’s talent pool. Employ Florida helps job seekers find suitable, high-paying jobs that closely match their skills and background.” – Paul Toomey, President of Geographic Solutions
For years, there has been a distinct division between unemployment benefits and workforce development. Geographic Solutions saw the intrinsic value of an ‘integrated’ system, and launched the country’s first combined workforce and unemployment benefits website in Louisiana. The website provides individuals claiming unemployment benefits with labor market information, job search, and training opportunities to help them get back to work at a faster rate. This approach has ensured reliable job search validation, fostered rapid reemployment, lessened the depletion of state unemployment trust funds, and lowered employer taxes.
Florida’s Go-To Resource for Employment
Locally, Geographic Solutions has contributed significantly to Florida’s workforce development endeavors by partnering with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to provide a statewide online job system known as Employ Florida (www.employflorida.com). Since its launch in 2005, the website has successfully linked regional workforce boards and CareerSource centers across the state, making it the most utilized resource for employment in Florida.
Over the past 12 years, Employ Florida has provided job seekers and employers easy access to a complete set of employment tools designed for all levels of computer experience. A virtual ‘one-stop shop,’ the website assists users with résumé creation, training and career exploration, skills assessments, job applications, financial assistance, and more. Employ Florida is also linked to specialty portals designed to target returning veterans, those with disabilities, and other hard-to-serve demographics in their quest to find meaningful employment. To date, Employ Florida is credited with over 1.5 million job placements throughout the state.
Making a Nationwide Impact with Local Talent
Geographic Solutions employs close to 300 professionals throughout the Greater Tampa Bay Area in the fields of software architecture, development, analysis, and project management. A smaller firm by industry standards, the company has been able to develop revolutionary software by attracting and retaining incredible talent. A proud member of Tampa’s technology hub, Geographic Solutions will continue to develop software solutions that have a positive impact on America’s workforce.