Published: Jan 21, 2014 10:45 AM EST
Updated: Jan 21, 2014 11:09 AM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Commissioners unanimously agreed to pay a tech firm almost $1.5 million.

The state also will kick in $3.47 million. The deal will enable Gartner to build a $20 million office building next to its present South Fort Myers site and add 400 employees by 2019. That will bring Gartner’s total local employment to roughly 1,150 jobs.

Currently, Gartner has a small space in Gateway.

The company says the money could create 600 jobs.  

An economic impact study by Florida Gulf Coast University projects the Gartner project could mean $808,000 in sales taxes by 2020 and $658,000 in annual property tax revenue the same year for state and local government.

The average compensation package for employees is pegged at roughly $54,000 in salary and benefits worth another $9,100 to bring the annual total to about $63,000 per employee.