Gov. Rick Scott and Amazon announced Thursday Amazons proposal to create more than 3,000 full-time jobs with benefits and more than $300 million in investment in Florida by the end of 2016.
The Fortune 500 online-only company first will seek economic development incentives to find the best site and make its investment a reality -- a material factor in any final location decisions.
Said Scott, Amazons commitment to create more than 3,000 new jobs in Florida is further proof that weve turned our economy around. Amazon will continue to work with Enterprise Florida on its ongoing projects, which will include a return on any taxpayer investment, and we look forward to the companys announcements as it chooses locations and creates jobs in Florida.
Paul Misener, Amazon vice president of global public policy, responded: "We thank Governor Scott for his commitment to creating jobs in Florida. We propose to create more than 3,000 new jobs and over $300 million in investment in Florida, while we work toward enactment of the federal Marketplace Fairness Act, which will protect states rights to make their own revenue policy choices."
Amazon will begin collecting Florida sales tax at such time as it is required under current Florida law, Scott said in a press statement.
Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers what it calls "Earths Biggest Selection." It seeks to be a customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online at the lowest possible prices.