Verizon Communications to Open Center of Excellence in Metro Orlando

The Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission announces Verizon Communications plans to establish a “Center of Excellence” which is projected to create up to 750 new jobs over the next three years.

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(L:R) Scott Faris, Metro Orlando EDC Vice Chair, Florida Governor RIck Scott & Tracy Turk, Metro Orlando EDC Business Development Director

“Metro Orlando has been seeing strong growth in the shared services sector and we are pleased to have an industry leader such as Verizon join our region," said Rick Weddle, President and CEO of the Metro Orlando EDC.

Orlando, Fla. (PRWEB) February 14, 2013

Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that Verizon Communications, a Fortune 100 company, will establish a finance and accounting “Center of Excellence” in Lake Mary, Fla., part of the Metro Orlando region. This new facility is projected to create up to 750 new jobs over the next three years. In addition, it will bring a $50 million capital investment to the Metro Orlando region.

Governor Scott said, “Verizon’s choice to locate their Center of Excellence in Lake Mary is great news for Florida families. With the second largest drop in the unemployment rate in the country, this addition of 750 new jobs with Verizon is more proof we have made the right choices over the past two years to keep our economy growing.”

Michelle Robinson, President – Southeast Region for Verizon, shed light on the reason Metro Orlando was chosen for this project.

“We have received a warm welcome from the state and local economic development partners, who aided in our decision process to locate in Metro Orlando,” said Robinson. “The region’s talent pipeline, which is full of finance and accounting graduates, was an integral factor in Verizon choosing to invest in Central Florida.”

This new location will centralize Verizon’s accounting, finance and back office operations. Integrating these departments into one location will help Verizon improve processes, enhance service to internal and external customers and improve career and networking opportunities for employees.

Organizations that partnered to support the Verizon project include the State of Florida, Enterprise Florida, Inc., the City of Lake Mary, Seminole County and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC). Workforce Florida Inc. and the University of Central Florida, Valencia College and Seminole State College also provided assistance.

Seminole County Commission Chairman Bob Dallari said, “Our financial service sector is growing and with great locations, talent and livability, I know more companies will continue to join Verizon in Seminole County.”

Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor added, “Lake Mary is very pleased to have Verizon join our business community. Their decision to locate such a large back office facility in our city is an honor and we welcome the jobs coming with it with open arms.”

Rick Weddle, President and CEO of the Metro Orlando EDC, said, “Metro Orlando has been seeing strong growth in the shared services sector and we are pleased to have an industry leader such as Verizon join our region.”

“It’s a proud day for Florida when we can announce 750 new jobs,” said Secretary of Commerce and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope. “This is a success story not only for that reason but also because it proves the hard work and accomplishments of Enterprise Florida and its partners are growing and diversifying our economy.”

About the Metro Orlando EDC
The Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) is a not-for-profit, private/public partnership. The EDC serves Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties and the City of Orlando in Florida. Since its start in 1977, the EDC, with the support of its community partners, has assisted thousands of companies relocate, expand and grow in the four-county Metro Orlando (Florida) region. This has led to the creation of more than 173,000 jobs; over $9.4 billion in capital investment; and more than 78.8 million square feet of office and industrial space leased or constructed. For more information, visit http://www.OrlandoEDC.com.


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