Hertz could bring temporary headquarters to Naples
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NAPLES, Fla.- We now know where and when Hertz is coming to Southwest Florida but there is still plenty of mystery surrounding the corporation’s arrival.
As Hertz leaders begin to lay the ground work for their relocation, city leaders in Naples said they had no idea until Tuesday, they played a role in getting this Fortune 500 company to Southwest Florida.
Naples Chamber of Commerce President Michael Reagen described his Hertz encounter like a scene out of a movie.
“I met with the consultants, they said here is our requirements then I was sworn to secrecy. They did not want to meet with any government officials at all.” Reagen said.
Several months ago, Reagen said a site selecting company came to Collier County with a laundry list of demands for office space and land in North Naples but kept tight lipped about why or who wanted it.
"This is all like a mystery, they're all undercover. I even tried to say "oh what airport did you fly out of?" they wouldn't even give me their last names.” Reagen said.
With the very little information he had, Reagen started scoping out space. But, said it wasn't easy.
“The space in the office buildings they looked at was leased out. Pretend they were interested in x amount of square feet, well 6 weeks later a lot of that was already gone.” Reagen said.
After several talks and visits with the consultants, Reagen says nothing was ever set in stone, no deal was made.
“The last time I saw the consultants they said, well it was nice being with you. You were professional you helped us out a lot we may see each other again we may never see each other.” Reagen said.
He never knew the purpose of those mystery visits until Tuesday and said Hertz moving in, is just the beginning for Southwest Florida.
“Nationwide, other companies are going to go "hm" it's a spotlight on the region, on the area I think it is a win-win for everybody.” Reagen said.
Even though Naples city leaders aren't sure where the temporary headquarters will be, company officials said they'll start moving employees down to the sunshine state in about 6 months.