Verizon Communications will build a new business center in Lake Mary that will add 750 jobs in the state of Florida. The company will spend $50 million to build a 200,000 square foot facility that will house administrative jobs that handle finance and accounting for the company. Gov. Rick Scott was on hand for the announcement in Lake Mary on Wednesday.
"We're happy that they're making a big investment of additional capital here, but we want to just thank them for this investment," said Gov. Scott.
The state will hand out $6 million for that investment, as an incentive to bring the jobs here, even though the company already has 10,000 employees in the state. Gov. Scott said it's a quality investment for taxpayers.
"As long as we are getting a great return, we should do it, but we want to recruit more companies to do more business in Florida, and it's working."
Those 750 jobs will not necessarily be available to Florida residents though, according to Verizon's Michelle Robinson. The company will relocate workers here.
"I can't predict what it will be. Our employees are aware of what's happening. They'll be offered opportunities to take positions here. Some will, some won't. It's unpredictable at this point."
Robinson would not answer when asked if the company would have done this expansion without the $6 million in taxpayer money. Verizon will phase those jobs into the new center over the next three years as it is built.