October 21, 2020
Friday, August 30, 2013
Expansion will create 200 jobs; $7.5 million in capital investment
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –Governor Rick Scott today announced that Citrix, a provider of technology solutions that enable mobile workstyles globally, will expand its Fort Lauderdale offices. The development will generate 200 jobs and $7.5 million in capital investments over the next three years.
Governor Scott said, “The growth of Citrix is great news for Florida families. These 200 new jobs are reflective of the work we’re doing not only to create jobs, but to keep industry leaders like Citrix here in the Sunshine State to create opportunities for our families. More than 370,000 private-sector jobs have been added in just over two years, the unemployment rate continues to be below the national average and we’ve reduced burdensome regulations on businesses. IT’S WORKING in Florida.”
Citrix began operations in Fort Lauderdale in 1989. The company has experienced rapid growth over the years and currently employs approximately 1,600 people in Fort Lauderdale and 8,800 employees globally. The company is primarily engaged in designing and developing solutions for mobility, desktop virtualization, cloud networking, cloud platforms, collaboration and data sharing.
“Continuing to build our team in Fort Lauderdale as Citrix grows is a reflection of our commitment to the community where the company was founded,” said Guy Desautels, vice president of Facilities and Real Estate at Citrix and Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance board member. “We are proud to bring new jobs to Fort Lauderdale and be a large part of South Florida’s Tech Gateway industry cluster. We appreciate the combined efforts of our partners at the State of Florida, Broward County, City of Fort Lauderdale, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and Enterprise Florida.”
Florida is home to 15 Fortune 500 corporate headquarters and was ranked the #2 best state for business by Chief Executive Magazine for 2013. Florida is dedicated to being the most business friendly state in the nation by cutting taxes, reducing regulations and investing in education.
“Some of the most successful companies in the world call Florida home and Citrix is very high on that list,” said Secretary of Commerce and president & CEO of Enterprise Florida Gray Swoope. “Citrix was founded in Florida and they continue to expand here thanks to our pro-business climate, strong workforce, expansive infrastructure and unbeatable quality of life. We look forward to their continued growth and pioneering advances in the IT industry.”
Citrix is eligible for a Quick Response Training grant from Workforce Florida Inc. that would reimburse the company for a portion of the training costs associated with upgrading workers’ skills as part of its expansion.
“We are proud that Florida is a significant office for Citrix and we are committed to ensuring that as this company, like others in our state, creates new jobs, our talent supply system delivers the highly skilled workforce needed allowing them to compete globally and succeed,” said Chris Hart, President/CEO, Workforce Florida.
“The growth of Citrix is welcome news for Fort Lauderdale families,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio. “Creating jobs to get Floridians back to work is the top priority for this administration and this announcement is another example that the pro-business policies Florida has in place are succeeding. Hiring 200 new employees, in high-wage, high-skilled positions will greatly benefit the South Florida Tech Gateway.”
Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler said, “We are delighted that leading corporations like Citrix continue to choose the City of Fort Lauderdale to grow and expand. In addition to being an outstanding international company, Citrix has been a great corporate citizen here in our community. This project exemplifies the dedication of our collective staffs, and the City’s commitment to job growth for our citizens. We are grateful to Citrix and wish them continued success.”
Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs said, “Broward County has long been a hub in the South Florida technology community and Citrix is an industry leader. We are so thrilled that the company not only continues to call Broward home, but has chosen to expand here, making a very positive impact on our local economy. We look forward to future innovations by the company being developed in Broward County.”
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance President and CEO Bob Swindell stated, “We are extremely pleased that Citrix is committed to growing its business in Fort Lauderdale. The mission of the Alliance is to attract and grow the presence of target industry companies in the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County area that can take advantage of our highly educated and diverse workforce, world class quality of life and highly rated business and personal tax climate. Citrix has been and will continue to be a cornerstone of our strong and growing cluster of technology companies.”
Citrix is the cloud company that enables mobile work styles – empowering people to work and collaborate from anywhere, securely accessing apps and data on any of the latest devices, as easily as they would in their own office. Citrix solutions help IT and service providers build clouds, leveraging virtualization and networking technologies to deliver high-performance, elastic and cost-effective cloud services. With market-leading cloud solutions for mobility, desktop virtualization, networking, cloud platforms, collaboration and data sharing, Citrix helps organizations of all sizes achieve the speed and agility necessary to succeed in a mobile and dynamic world. Citrix products are in use at more than 260,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally.