So long Jersey shore, Hertz relocating headquarters to Florida

Hertz and Scott
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Gov. Rick Scott and rental car giant, Hertz, announced Tuesday the move of the company’s worldwide headquarters to Estero, Florida. Leaving Park Ridge, New Jersey, the move will bring up to 700 jobs over a two-year period, starting later this year.

“It is great news for Florida that Hertz has chosen Lee County to relocate its corporate headquarters. Scott said in a release. “These 700 jobs, along with opportunities for continued growth in Southwest Florida, will make a big impact across the Sunshine State. We are proud to say that Florida is not just a top destination for vacationers, but for growing businesses from all around the world.”

“We have a diverse and highly-skilled workforce, no personal income tax and pro-business attitude,” Scott continued. “We worked closely with Hertz to make this relocation a reality and we look forward to their continued growth in the Sunshine State.”

After acquiring the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Hertz made the decision to consolidate corporate offices to one location. Florida was attractive based on its travel and tourism population positioning the company for long-term growth.

“After our recent business expansion, we have been looking for the right location to blend Hertz and Dollar Thrifty head office employees.  Florida is the center of the U.S. travel and tourism industry – this move enables us to be closer to leisure and business customers, as well as many travel and association partners,” Hertz Chairman and CEO Mark Frissora said in the release.  “As part of this move, we will open off-airport and retail car sales stores on our headquarters campus, which will enable us to experiment with new services and monitor customer satisfaction first hand.”

Hertz and Dollar Thrifty have more employees in Florida than in any other state except California, and Florida rents more cars per capita than any other state, according to the release.

Also on Tuesday, Coca-Cola announced an investment of $2 billion in Florida citrus land, which will bring about 4,000 jobs to the state.

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