Florida Chamber applauds for relocation to Lee County

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The Hertz Corporation is relocating its headquarters from Park Ridge, New Jersey to the Lee County community of Estero. And the Florida Chamber couldn’t be happier.

“Anytime a Fortune 500 company like Hertz relocates their corporate headquarters, it’s a big deal,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “With Florida building the perfect climate for business, Florida continues to attract businesses to start up or expand their operations, bringing new jobs and opportunities.

The worldwide rental car agency’s decision to bring up to 700 jobs to Florida over the next two years is part of company consolidation efforts following its November 2012, $2.3 billion acquisition of the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group. Also, the company – which noted Gov. Rick Scott and other state leaders assisted in the decision – pointed to Florida’s growth in the rental car market.

“With nationally-recognized educational institutions, an improved business climate, and a high quality of life,” said Wilson, “it’s clear why Hertz leaders have decided to call Florida ‘home.’

Continued Wilson, “As Governor Scott says about efforts to make Florida more competitive, ‘it’s working.’ Hertz’s decision to move their headquarters to Ft. Myers is the latest indicator that Florida is growing more competitive and is poised for more growth and private-sector jobs.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.