October 21, 2020
Monday, April 1, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, FL (April 1, 2013) – Today, local and state leaders welcomed Kaye Scholer to the state capital. The firm recently announced plans to establish a new state-of-the-art operations center in Tallahassee, expected to create more than 100 high-skill jobs paying an average annual wage of more than $50,000 in addition to a capital investment of at least $600,000.
“Kaye Scholer has chosen this nation’s best state for business, and we have before us a great opportunity to bring more jobs to our citizens while strengthening Florida’s economy,” said Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, who serves as president & CEO of Enterprise Florida Inc., the state’s principal economic development organization.
Joining Swoope at the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the occasion were Kaye Scholer Managing Partner Michael Solow, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox and Chair of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County Karen Moore.
“Clients expect and deserve quality legal services delivered as effectively and cost-efficiently as possible,” said Solow. “Establishing an Operations Center in Tallahassee will help us meet that need by allowing us to centralize services previously scattered across our New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles offices.”
Kaye Scholer conducted a multi-state search and evaluation but ultimately selected Tallahassee for its broad, highly-skilled workforce, proximity to state government and major universities such as The Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College, wide variety of office space at reasonable prices, and the quality of life and affordable housing it offers both current Kaye Scholer employees who will be relocating there as well as new locally-hired staff.
The firm has not yet signed a lease for a building to house its operations center but plans to have its first group of employees on the ground and working sometime in June. The 100-plus new job opportunities are in many fields, including accounting, document services, graphics, technology, library services, human resources and marketing.
“It’s a great day for the Economic Development Council when we can create new jobs in the community and add a centralized operations center to our tax base,” said Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County Chair Karen Moore. “I’m proud of the coordination among all of our economic development, workforce and educational partners who came together in support of this important project.”
Organizations that helped facilitate Kaye Scholer’s move to Florida were the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Enterprise Florida, Inc. and the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.
“This project demonstrates that Florida’s perfect business climate is a major reason why companies are choosing our state,” said Swoope. “A dynamic facet of Florida’s business culture is the strong partnerships between local, regional, business and government organizations to further corporate growth in the state. The Kaye Scholer project exemplifies the results.”
Founded in New York in 1917, Kaye Scholer offers strategic guidance and legal services to public and private entities facing litigation, transactional or governance challenges. The firm has industry strengths advising clients in the life sciences, financial services, technology, real estate and energy & infrastructure sectors.
In support of its job creation, the state, through the Department of Economic Opportunity, approved Kaye Scholer for a Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI), which is a performance-based incentive that is paid only after a company fulfills its job creation requirements and is confirmed by the state. The City of Tallahassee and Leon County governments are also supporting Kaye Scholer’s move to the region by each contributing to the QTI refund. Kaye Scholer is also eligible to receive a Quick Response Training grant by Workforce Florida, Inc. to assist with employee training.
For more information on Kaye Scholer, please visit www.kayescholer.com.
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Enterprise Florida, Inc. (www.eflorida.com) is a partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. Headquartered in Orlando, Enterprise Florida’s mission is to facilitate job growth for Florida’s businesses and citizens leading to a vibrant statewide economy. In pursuit of its mission, Enterprise Florida works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses.