Posted Tuesday, November 5th 2013 @ 2pm by Kim Norman
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Nearly 1200 new jobs are opening up in Hillsborough County, according to a news release from Governor Rick Scott's office.
Scott announced Tuesday that the United Services Automobile Association (USAA), a leading provider of insurance, banking, investment and retirement products and services for the military community and their families, will expand its presence here, creating up to 1,215 new jobs and $164.3 million in capital investment by 2019.
“The expansion of USAA in Hillsborough County will create over 1,200 new jobs for Florida families, meaning 1,200 families will have the opportunity to live their version of the American Dream right here in the Sunshine State. This is great news for Florida families and is another sign that Florida is becoming the number one state for business. With nearly 370,000 jobs created in two and a half years and an unemployment rate below that national average, we know it’s working in Florida,” Scott said.
The release also states USAA currently employs more than 1,800 individuals at its Commerce Park facility in New Tampa, with more than 600 additional employees located throughout the state. Headquartered in San Antonio, the Fortune 500 company also maintains operations in Phoenix, Colorado Springs, Norfolk and the Dallas area.
To accommodate the anticipated growth, Scott's office said USAA will initially lease 50,000 square feet of temporary office space at Lakeview Center in Tampa, with plans to construct a new, 420,000 square foot facility at the Crosstown Center in Brandon by 2015.
Florida has the 3rd largest finance and insurance cluster in the nation.