Tuesday morning Gov. Rick Scott joined Hertz executives in Estero for the groundbreaking of the new $70 million world headquarters for Hertz.
The new building will be built on Williams Rd. just off U.S. 41 near Coconut Point. Construction of the new headquarters is expected to be completed by 2015.
Shortly after 9 a.m. Gov. Scott addressed the standing room only crowd.
Among those on stage with Scott, were several Southwest Florida legislators. Gov. Scott said the lawmakers on stage with him understand "the most important thing we can do is get our state back to work." He said in October, the private sector in Florida added a record 46,000 jobs.
Scott says part of what’s driving those numbers is businesses like Hertz. He says reason businesses like Hertz want to relocated to Florida, "On top of our great talent, our low taxes, the regulations we've gotten rid of, the fact that we're such a business friendly state - is tourism."
Governor Scott says by the end of this year, Florida will have recorded approximately 95 million tourists. He glanced at Hertz Chairman and CEO Mark Frissora as he joked the people at Hertz want all 95 million tourists to rent Hertz cars.
As he wrapped up his speech, Gov. Scott gave Frissora the Governors Business Ambassador's Award for giving people in Southwest Florida a chance to have a job. The governor also gave Frissora an American flag that was flown over the state capitol when Florida announced those record tourism numbers.
Executive Vice President, Richard Broome, says Hertz wants the building to be a "major attraction for talent."
About 700 people are expected to work inside the 275,000 sq. ft. building. However, 400 of those workers will be hired locally, the other 300 will be made up of existing Hertz employees relocating.
Hertz leaders say their new headquarters will represent the company's global design and rebrand itself as an environmentally friendly company.
"The shape of the building really wraps it around itself and creates two layers of glass," says Vice President of Facilities and Construction Dan Wisk. That design includes "the exterior façade of the building as well as the interior courtyard. So, you have a bright, airy, open place, maximizing daylight"
The company says they wanted a lot of green space on the 34-acre property with an environmentally friendly and sustainable campus.
The building can handle a category five hurricane, and features an open space inside for people to work together.
"It will be something that can be pointed to to say this is what's achievable in this community," Broome said. "And we want to work with you to join us here and bring your families and workers to our community"
One requirement for building in the Estero area is a Mediterranean style. Hertz says it could not accomplish that and meet its sustainable goals. So, the company is filing an administrative amendment with Lee County to make an exception. It does not expect that to hold up any of the construction plans.