Mystery global technology consultancy eyes 210 new Miami jobs
By Ashley Hopkins
An undisclosed global advertising and information technology consultancy might add 210 Miami-Dade jobs averaging $67,000 pay. The choice is here or Toronto.
To win the jobs, the county commission is to vote Nov. 15 on offering the firm $155,400, part of $777,000 it seeks through Florida's Qualified Targeted Industry program, which gives tax breaks once jobs are filled.
The plan has passed the county's Economic Development & Social Services Committee. With full commission OK, the state would provide $621,600 and the county $155,400, or $760 per new job, over eight years.
"It's 210 new, full-time jobs," said Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, the item's sponsor. "That is what we need."
The business, founded in the early 1990s, specializes in traditional and digital global advertising and information technology. It has sites throughout the US, South Asia, Europe and Canada.
Social networking's popularity has grown the business's e-commerce ad agency sector 20% a year, county documents say. The firm aims to expand offices and consolidate workers now spread in three county locations.
The firm says expanding will allow it to add 210 fulltime jobs over five years while retaining its 390 current jobs here. New hires are to average $67,000 in pay, $19,000 in benefits.
If approved, the company says, it plans to spend nearly $4.15 million here for construction and $2.35 million for computer and office equipment.
The Beacon Council economic development team estimates that $6.5 million will generate $188,816 in county revenues over the eight years the firm is eligible for incentives.
The business is considering leasing and renovating 65,000 square feet in an undisclosed site.
"We welcome them with open arms," Ms. Sosa said, "to bring opportunities to this county."
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