Governor Rick Scott Announces Golf Channel Expanding Headquarters in Orlando

Expansion will consolidate digital media functions for GolfChannel.com and GolfNow.com

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Golf Channel is expanding its worldwide headquarters in Orlando. The company has consolidated digital media operations for its GolfChannel.com and GolfNow.com sites, creating at least 75 jobs and making a $1.9 million capital investment in Central Florida.

Governor Scott said, “Today’s expansion is great news for Florida families. Florida is the top destination for golf and it only makes sense that the Golf Channel chose Florida for their expansion. We’re working to ensure that a job is available to every Floridian who wants one, and we’ve created more than 333,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010. With Florida continuing to stay below the national average for unemployment, it’s working in Florida.”

Golf Channel operates a cable programming service, as well as digital platforms, devoted exclusively to golf. The company offers its television programming to subscribers located in the U.S. and Canada through cable and satellite operators, and in Japan and other international locations through licensing agreements. Golf Channel programming is currently available in more than 100 million households worldwide.

Golf Channel President Mike McCarley said, “The State of Florida, Metro Orlando area, Mayor Dyer and the City Council have all been excellent partners in our continued success as the fastest-growing television network in the U.S. and building our digital businesses like GolfNow. Orlando, a tent pole in the world of golf and Golf Channel’s home since it was launched by co-founder Arnold Palmer 18 years ago, is a pro-growth and pro-business environment that is ripe with a talented workforce, which has helped Golf Channel deliver world-class, high-quality golf content across all our platforms to a global audience.”

GolfChannel.com and GolfNow.com, operating units of Golf Channel, produce rich digital content, applications and end user experiences tailored to golf enthusiasts around the world. The goal of GolfChannel.com is to inform and entertain end users while improving their golf experience on and off the course, while GolfNow.com is the leading online tee time booking service in the world.

Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida Gray Swoope said, “Florida is the undisputed golf capital of the world and we are thrilled that Golf Channel has chosen to grow in the state. Thanks to Florida’s low corporate tax burden and no personal income tax, high-quality workforce and modern infrastructure, industry-leaders like Golf Channel can be successful and continue growing here.”

Florida is the fourth largest state in the U.S. and the 21st largest economy in the world.The Sunshine State is home to over 2,600 headquarters offices and 15 Fortune 500 corporate headquarters.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said, “Orlando is the world’s most popular destination for golf and is also one of the nation’s epicenters for high-tech jobs and the digital media industry. Golf Channel has been a stakeholder in Orlando for nearly two decades and the new jobs created by this project will continue to further benefit our community.”

The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, City of Orlando, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Workforce Florida and the Department of Economic Opportunity.

President and CEO of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission Rick Weddle said, “Orlando has a strong, vibrant and educated workforce that companies find attractive. We are proud that the Golf Channel has chosen to expand their headquarters in the region as this sends a message to the world about the quality of our workforce, particularly in the digital media and information technology sectors.”

President/CEO of Workforce Florida Inc. Chris Hart IV said, “The Golf Channel’s expansion not only underscores the value of our state’s natural assets, business climate and highly skilled workforce, it also signals the drive of Florida’s economic, workforce and community development partners to make our state the leading destination for business growth. We are excited about the opportunities that will be created through this investment.”

Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, “The Golf Channel’s expansion in Orlando will bring more high-quality jobs for Floridians. This is further evidence that Florida offers the perfect business climate for IT growth, and we look forward to the increased economic activity in the Orlando area due to this expansion.”

Golf Channel has been approved for $450,000 from the state’s Qualified Target Industry (QTI) Tax Refund program and $133,000 from the Quick Action Closing Fund. Both state incentives are performance based. They have also been approved for a $112,500 Quick Response Training Grant from Workforce Florida.

 

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