Governor Scott and Hertz Break Ground

Herts5Governor Rick Scott, alongside Hertz’s Chairman and CEO Mark Frissora and Lee County Commission Chairman Larry Kiker, today broke ground on the new location of Hertz’s corporate headquarters. Hertz announced in May that their headquarters would relocate from New Jersey to Estero, Florida, creating at least 700 jobs for Florida families.

Governor Scott said, “Hertz chose Florida because of our diverse and highly-skilled workforce, and Lee County in particular because it is a great travel destination with a friendly business climate that will help their company grow. This is a huge win for Florida families, and there is still more work to do to build a diverse economy that will create jobs for future generations, and today’s ground-breaking with Hertz is a huge step in that direction.

“Florida has experienced an incredible economic turnaround with more than 440,000 private sector jobs created in almost three years and an unemployment rate below the national average at 6.7 percent. This month we also announced that tourism has grown 1.7 percent over the same period in 2012. These numbers represent the largest third quarter for visitation in the state’s history.”

Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark P. Frissora said, “On behalf of Hertz, I thank Governor Scott and his team for their efficient and responsive process to make our relocation to Southwest Florida possible. I also thank the county and local communities for their support and warm welcome. As the world’s largest airport car rental brand, it’s a perfect fit to locate our headquarters in Florida, a global tourism epicenter.”

Gray Swoope, President & CEO of Enterprise Florida said, “We knew the Hertz project would bring global attention to Florida, but I don’t think anyone expected how vastly it would change the way the nation looks at Southwest Florida as a potential business location. The reaction to the Hertz relocation has been incredibly positive and it has been has been a topic of conversation throughout our industry since the announcement in May. Companies are looking at Florida more than they ever have and we will continue telling the state’s business story everywhere we go.”

Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said, “What a great day for Florida. Florida is in the midst of a remarkable economic turnaround, with unemployment at a five-year low and more than 60,000 private sector jobs added in the last two months alone. Hertz’s groundbreaking today is the next step in bringing 700 more jobs to Florida families, and it was made possible because this administration supports pro-growth policies.”


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