Companies Take State Money, Fall Short on Jobs

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Tallahassee, Florida - October 26, 2011 -

The Department of Economic Opportunity released the names of six companies it says received state incentive money to create jobs but didn't deliver as many jobs as promised. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel reported that nearly $40 million has been paid in incentives to companies that have fallen short of promised job creation by 3,600 jobs. Almost all of the incentive packages were negotiated a few years ago, when Charlie Crist was governor. On Monday evening, the papers reported that DEO had released the names of companies that have come up short. Jabil Circuit has created about 2,600 of the 3,260 jobs it was supposed to have created under a 2008 incentive package, and Piper Aircraft has created only 203 of a promised 454 jobs in the time frame in which they were promised, the papers reported. A Kaplan University office in Orange County got $2 million to create 750 jobs but only created 500 and a Manatee County company called Mustang Vacuum Systems created 26 jobs instead of the 125 it promised in 2009 to get a $540,000 incentive. One company, Gartner, Inc., was paid $1.2 million from 2009 to 2011 to create 400 jobs, but appears not to have been credited with any, the Sentinel papers reported. The state is re-negotiating terms with the companies. Nearly all of the incentive deals were approved by the previous administration, with only one of the companies having dealt with current Gov. Rick Scott, the papers said.

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