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August 29, 2019

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly 500 New Jobs for Jacksonville at EFI Board Meeting

Jacksonville, Fla. (August 28, 2019) – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that SoFi Lending Corporation and SS&C Technologies will create nearly 500 jobs in the Jacksonville area. The announcement was made at the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors quarterly meeting in Jacksonville. The Governor, who also serves as Chairman of the Board, outlined his priorities for Enterprise Florida for recruiting businesses in the financial services industry.

“It is my privilege to announce that SoFi and SS&C Technologies, two San Francisco-based firms, will be creating almost 500 jobs for Duval County,” said Governor DeSantis. “Jacksonville has become a hub for the financial services industry and, today, I had the pleasure to meet with EFI’s Board of Directors to discuss how we can continue to ensure Florida is top of mind when these businesses are looking to relocate. My administration continues to make it a priority to recruit businesses in the financial, technology and banking sectors.”

“As SoFi grows, we knew we needed to expand our real estate footprint to maintain our top-tier level of support for all of our members across the country,” said Anthony Noto, CEO of SoFi.“Jacksonville, from the start of our exploration, has been a clear front runner for talent, accessibility, and offering an affordable cost of living. We’re thrilled to expand our SoFi family to Florida.”

“Thank you to Governor DeSantis, the EFI Board and statewide partners for joining us this week in Jacksonville,” said Jamal Sowell, Florida Secretary of Commerce and president & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Today’s announcements are proof of Florida’s financial services growth. I will continue to work with the Governor to market Florida’s attractive tax structure and skilled workforce so that Florida maintains its reputation as a global player in the financial service sector.”

“We’re thrilled to continue building our team and supporting commerce in Jacksonville,” said Steve Leivent, Senior Vice President, SS&C Technologies. “This office is a key location for us for sourcing knowledgeable talent and providing strong local support,”

During the meeting, the Governor also presented the EFI Entrepreneur and Job Growth Award to John Wood, Chairman and CEO of Sally Corporation.

“I am very honored to be the recipient of Enterprise Florida’s Entrepreneur and Job Growth Award for the year,” said John Wood, Chairman and CEO of Sally Corporation. “With Enterprise Florida’s assistance, we have been able to promote our unique products and services to potential Asian, European and Middle Eastern prospects which have yielded substantial results over the past few years. We look forward to generating more jobs and revenue through these foreign contacts in the future.”

Sally Corporation is a Jacksonville-based firm and leader in the design and manufacture of dark ride and animatronics for amusement parks, attractions and museums worldwide. Sally Corporation has received exporting assistance and several international trade grants through Enterprise Florida’s international trade and development program.

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About the EFI Entrepreneur and Job Growth Award

The Enterprise Florida Entrepreneur and Job Growth Award was established by Enterprise Florida in 2019 to recognize Florida businesses that have created jobs and invested in communities across the state.

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