Florida is a perfect location for corporate/regional headquarters with job growth of almost 13 percent over the last three years. Florida is home to 15 Fortune 500 corporate headquarters and many other corporate/regional headquarters operations. In May of 2013, Hertz, also a Fortune 500 company, announced relocation of their corporate headquarters to Florida creating at least 700 jobs paying an average of $102,000 a year.
Nearly 100,000 Floridians are employed in more than 3,600 corporate/regional headquarters operations around the state, managing the operations of companies in virtually every business sector. The list includes household names such as NextEra Energy, AutoNation, Office Depot, Ryder System, Harris Corporation and Health Management Systems, and the sector is projected to continue growing, with employment expected to increase by 10.7 percent through 2018.
Florida’s workforce is well-educated, with 34 percent holding an Associate’s degree or higher and more than one-quarter having a Bachelor’s or graduate degree, which may be one reason the state’s workforce ranked third nationally in CNBC’s “Top States for Doing Business” in 2012, and as the #1 state for “Talent Pipeline” in the National Chamber Foundation’s 2012 report on the private sector business climate.
Florida offers corporate/regional headquarters with excellent access to domestic and international markets with 19 major commercial airports, of which at least 12 provide international service. Florida’s outstanding climate, unlimited recreational opportunities and no personal income tax also create a quality of place that is very attractive to many companies and their employees.