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Gov. Scott Announces Hotwire Communications Headquarters Relocation From Pennsylvania to Florida

Sep 15, 2016

Relocation Will Create 375 New Jobs in Ft. Lauderdale


  

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Hotwire Communications, one of the nation’s leading fiber optics telecommunications providers, will open its new headquarters -the Hotwire Technology Center- in Ft. Lauderdale. The headquarters is a relocation from Pennsylvania to Florida and will create 375 new jobs for families in Ft. Lauderdale. The company will also invest more than $27 million in the local community. Hotwire Communications currently employs 300 Floridians.

 

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce today that Hotwire Communications moved its headquarters from Pennsylvania to Florida and will be creating 375 new Florida jobs. The new headquarters will also more than double their workforce in our state, which is great news for our families. Last year, I led a business development mission to Pennsylvania to share why Florida is the best location for businesses to grow. Because of our low taxes and business-friendly policies, I am glad to make this big announcement following last year’s trip.”


Founded in 2000, Hotwire is a telecommunications company that delivers customized fiber optic solutions to communities across the nation. Hotwire Communication’s bundled telecommunications services offers its customers one source for digital HD television, ultra-high speed Internet, telephone, and smart home technology services. Hotwire offers customized solutions for residential environments including condominiums, homeowners associations, student housing, senior housing, and apartment communities. The company also provides commercial solutions for businesses, hotels, and the healthcare industry.

 

Kristin Johnson Karp, President of Hotwire Communications said, “Fort Lauderdale is a thriving community with a diverse talent pool and a great place to live for our employees.  We are looking forward to joining the Fort Lauderdale community as we open our new headquarters at the Hotwire Technology Center.”

 

“The IT industry continues to grow and Florida’s high-tech workforce is meeting those needs,” said Crystal Sircy, COO and Executive Vice President of Enterprise Florida. “Florida has been a leader in the IT industry for decades and companies like Hotwire Communications help to keep the state at the forefront with their industry-leading technology and growth.”

 

Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “Companies like Hotwire are choosing to relocate to Florida because of our focus on low taxes and a business-friendly environment. The addition of 375 high-wage STEM jobs will make a real difference for Fort Lauderdale workers and families.”

 

Mayor Jack Seiler of the City of Fort Lauderdale said, “We are proud to be the new home of Hotwire Communications. Bringing 675 jobs to Fort Lauderdale and infusing more than $27 million into our City underscores our strong economic fundamentals, solidifies us as a leading center for business and technology, and strengthens our position as an emerging global telecommunications hub. Fort Lauderdale’s robust business climate, strategic location, and outstanding quality of life, make us the perfect choice for Hotwire’s new headquarters. We extend our warmest welcome to the company and look forward to its continued growth and success.”

 

Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance added, “Congratulations to Hotwire Communications on its new Technology Center. We appreciate the significant investment Hotwire is making, not only by bringing a new headquarters and large number of high-wage jobs to the county, but also through its building purchase and substantial capital investment in the community. 

 

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Hotwire Communications, founded in 2000 is a telecommunications company that delivers customized fiber optic delivered solutions to communities across the nation. Hotwire owns and operates a dedicated independent fiber optic backbone in all of its core markets.  Its customers are connected to that backbone directly through Hotwire Communication’s Fiber-to-the-Home technology. An end to end fiber optic infrastructure allows Hotwire Communications to offer Gigabit speeds - over 100 times faster - than the average connection being delivered in the United States today.

 

Hotwire Communication’s bundled telecommunications services offers our customers the convenience of one source for digital HD television, ultra-high speed Internet, telephone, and smart home technology services. Hotwire offers customized solutions for residential environments including condominiums, homeowners associations, student housing, senior housing, and apartment communities. We also provide commercial solutions for businesses, hotels, and the healthcare industry.

 

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses. EFI launched “Florida – The Future is Here” to promote the state as the nation’s premier business destination.

 

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance is Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development.  Its mission is to lead Broward County in building a stronger and more diverse economy by stimulating the creation of new jobs and capital investment while facilitating the growth and retention of businesses in Broward County. Services offered by the Alliance include assistance with business relocation or expansion and site selection; incentive programs and information; market research; and serving as a liaison for workforce development between CareerSource Broward, educational institutions and the business community. 

 

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