Gov. Scott touts new WWE facility in Central Florida

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Governor Rick Scott joined World Wrestling Entertainment in Orange County Thursday for a major announcement of a new, state-of-the-art training facility in the Orlando area, creating nearly 100 high-wage jobs.

The new, 26,000-square-foot WWE Performance Center is slated to open in the summer of 2013. It will include seven rings, a world-class gym and cutting-edge editing and production facilities.

“This is where we will train the future,” said WWE Executive Vice President Paul Levesque, better known in the ring as “Triple H.”

“WWE is proud to call Central Florida home to the new, state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center,” he added in a statement Thursday. “The creation of this world-class facility, and our continued partnership with Full Sail University, underscores WWE’s commitment to the region and is an investment in our future as we develop the next generation of WWE Superstars.”

WWE currently tapes episodes of its “NXT” live series at Full Sail University, in Winter Park. Full Sail’s president, Garry Jones, was also present for the announcement, as well as Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.

Gov. Scott said the new facility will inject $2.3 million into the state economy.

“Our economy has created nearly 300,000 new private sector jobs in just over two years, meaning that thousands of Florida families now have the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” the governor said in a statement Thursday. “WWE could have chosen anywhere in the world to house this new global performance center, and they chose the Sunshine State. Today’s announcement that WWE will create nearly 100 more jobs for families in Central Florida is further proof that everything we do is geared towards job creation, and it’s working.”

“WWE’s new Global Performance Center will be a vital contributor to Florida’s economic growth through its investment in Orange County and the jobs it will create,” said Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope. “The center is also the result of outstanding support from county and state partners, along with Full Sail University. We’re helping Florida maintain a business-friendly climate that makes our state the perfect home for companies in any business sector.”

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