firms Digitas, Allegiance prefer Miami base
for two high-tech companies say they plan to create close to 300 jobs
over the next few years and inject more than $24 million into the
Miami-Dade County economy if they get the green light for tax breaks
at both the county and state level.
commissioners are to decide July 25 if they will approve Qualified
Target Industry Tax Refund incentives to help lure here Boston-based
Digitas, an Internet professional services firm, and Allegiance Telecommunications,
a Texas-based phone and Internet services company.
which has operations in New York, San Francisco, Salt Lake
City and London is seeking Miami as a potential base as part
of a southeast US expansion, said Maureen Bailey, senior vice president
company, which employs about 1,300 people, proposes to create 185
jobs here over the next three years with an average salary of $75,000,
said Carlos Leonard, vice president of the Beacon Council, the county's
economic development arm.
is seeking $203,500 over six years in tax incentives from the county
and $814,000 from the state, contingent upon the number of jobs created,
he said. He said the company plan also calls for a local capital investment
of $2.4 million.
Digitas executives haven't decided on a site for the expansion, downtown
is of particular interest to them, he said.
helps companies find success in the Internet business, Ms. Bailey
help big business become e-businesses and e-businesses become big
businesses," she said.
company, Ms. Bailey said, has a high-profile list of clients, including
General Motors, American Express, AT&T, Dell Computer and L.L. Bean.
is the choice for expansion, she said, because of its proximity to
Latin America. "Miami is the gateway to Latin America. We are
serving a number of clients with operations in Latin America and Miami.
Miami also has a very attractive labor pool. We are one of the first
Internet professional services firms to be opening an office in Miami."
Leonard said Digitas could be here as early as year's end.
Telecommunications sells local and long-distance phone access, enhanced
voice data and Internet connection services, he said.
break into the local market, Mr. Leonard said, the company is looking
to open a office somewhere in Miami-Dade County within six months.
company seeks $48,000 in tax incentives from the county and $192,000
from the state over five years, he said.
company proposed to create 60 jobs and invest $15 million into the
local economy over the next two years, he said. The average salary
per job, he said, is $45,000.
Leonard said the choice of the two companies to expand here is indicative
of Miami's growing association with the high-tech industry, especially
since the companies are located in so called high-tech hubs.
IT industry is noticing Miami-Dade County as the place to be,"
Mr. Leonard said. "A lot of the site selectors we work with are
looking at Miami in a very positive way."