Published: Jan 08, 2014 10:00 AM EST
Updated: Jan 08, 2014 12:21 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Gartner, the technology research company, is looking to expand and has approached Lee county leaders with their plans. The company, which has an office building in Gateway, currently employs some 600 people. According to Lee county commissioner Larry Kiker, that number could double if the plan goes through. Commissioners will have to vote on whether to offer Gartner up to 1.5 million dollars in financial incentives. If commissioners vote yes, Gartner could decide to move forward with expansion plans. But commissioner Kiker says it will take more than the promise of expansion before the company would get any of that money. He says county officials learned their lesson with VR Labs. That company promised to bring hundreds of jobs to Lee county and was awarded 5 million dollars in economic development incentives, but the jobs never materialized. Kiker says Gartner is an established company and he is glad to see that they want to re-affirm their presence in Lee county. Gartner is expected to make an official announcement later this month.