Florida Governor Rick Scott, Enterprise Florida, the City of Pembroke Pines and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance CEO Council worked closely with Astor & Black officials to attract the company’s headquarters to Pembroke Pines. Astor & Black will create 62 high paying jobs with an average salary in excess of 200% of the local Broward County average wage. The company will be leasing approximately 22,000 square feet of space at the Miami Herald Building located at 2010 NW 150th Avenue, Pembroke Pines, and invest $1.475 million in capital expenditures for construction & renovation, leasehold improvements and purchase of IT software, computer equipment, furniture, fixtures and other equipment over a 3 year period. The state and local incentives from Florida and the City of Pembroke Pines total $554,000 and consist of $434,000 from the Qualified Target Industries Tax Refund Program along with $80,000 from the Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund and $40,000 in a Quick Action Closing Fund Direct Cash Incentive from the City of Pembroke Pines for the hiring of Pembroke Pines residents.
According to Astor & Black Co-CEO Richard Dent, “In support of the company’s sweeping goal of growing to $300M, finding a locale that best supports the aspiration of the brand and a facility that meets the rapidly expanding space needs of the business, was a critical component of the company’s comprehensive growth strategy. The decision to choose Pembroke Pines, Florida and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area as the ultimate location for our headquarters was made easy based on several key decision factors, including but not limited to the enhanced ability to attract world class talent, the access to direct air travel and the quality of the local talent pool in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. The leadership and support of Florida Governor Rick Scott, City of Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance CEO Council Chairman Ray Ferrero, Jr., and many others were critical to the selection of Pembroke Pines, and I am personally grateful for their efforts on our behalf.”
“Astor & Black’s choice of Florida reflects our state’s ability to provide the talent, resources and partnerships that can help progressive companies achieve their business goals,” said Gray Swoope, President & CEO of Enterprise Florida Inc., the state’s principal economic development organization. “We look forward to Astor & Black as a business partner and contributor to Florida’s economic growth.”
Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis said “We are delighted that a leading corporation like Astor & Black has chosen the City of Pembroke Pines as their location of choice. This project exemplifies the dedication of our staff, and the City’s commitment to new and expanding business enterprises. We are grateful to Astor & Black, and look forward to working with them to ensure that they enjoy every possible success in Pembroke Pines.”
According to Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance CEO Council Chairman Ray Ferrero, Jr., “We are so very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with our partners at the City of Pembroke Pines, Enterprise Florida and the Governor’s Office on behalf of Astor & Black. The CEO Council’s mission is to maintain and grow the presence of the more than 150 corporate and international headquarter operations in the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County area that can take advantage of our world class quality of life, transportation access and highly rated business and personal tax climate, and Astor & Black’s decision provides further positive confirmation and ratification of our initiative.” For more information about Astor & Black, please visit www.astorandblack.com.