Hertz's move to Estero: This is a game-changer
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - This is a company any city in America would love to have. Commissioners even coining it the most significant announcement since 1887, when Lee County was established.
"This is a great day for Florida," said Governor Rick Scott.
And a new day for Lee County. Top local and state leaders gathered at Southwest Florida International Airport to make history.
Hertz CEO Mark Frissora announced a new beginning for his company. By 2015, the $10 billion car rental giant will relocate to new headquarters on 34 acres at the southeast corner of U.S. 41 and Williams Road in Estero.
"I'll commit this to you today, Hertz is here to grow with you and we'll be doing that in new and innovative ways," said Frissora.
Ways that Frissora says will generate 700 jobs by the end of next year. And another 1,000 by 2017. The headquarters will include a rental car drop-off area and a new car sales center.
"There's going to be a lot of jobs in IT, lot of jobs in finance," explained Governor Scott.
That many are calling a game-changer for everyone.
"What a grand slam, home run for Lee County and southwest Florida," said Bob Ball, the executive director of Southwest Florida International Airport.
"It is an incredible moment for Lee County and all of the businesses who are here," added Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers.
Two years ago, the governor started negotiations with Frissora. After legislative approval and a combined $19 million incentives package with county commissioners, the deal came to life.
"This is now our home, too," said Frissora. "We will roll up our sleeves and build relationships that will serve and benefit the entire community over the long term."