firms seeking tax breaks for job-creation plans
County commissioners will be asked Tuesday to recommend state tax
incentives for two companies that plan to create a total of 133 jobs
Inc., based in New York, would manufacture electric vehicles similar
to golf carts in Miami-Dade County. The vehicles generally are used
by security guards and the handicapped.
Jobs.Com Ltd., an Internet recruitment company, would establish a
regional headquarters here.
Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County's economic development organization,
is recommending the incentive packages. The county has approved 37
other companies for participation in the program, called the Qualified
Target Industry Tax Refund.
companies that have moved to the county or expanded here under the
program are Federal Express, Next Link, Atlas Air, Volkswagen and
Precision Response Corp.
would create 73 direct and 55 indirect jobs and invest $450,000 in
the county. Each direct job would pay an average of $33,280. The payroll
is expected to grow to about $12 million within five years.
Jobs.Com would create 60 direct jobs here and 30 indirect jobs and
invest $400,000 in opening operations here. The direct jobs would
pay an average of $38,000. The payroll is expected to grow to $12.6
million within six years.
company has pinned down a site for its Miami-Dade County operations,
said Dana Fernety, a Beacon Council vice president.
he noted, MDEK is looking only within the county's north central enterprise
zone so designated because of the large number of disadvantaged
workers within its borders. Companies locating within enterprise zones
are eligible for potential governmental incentives beyond the Qualified
Target Industry funds.
area MDEK is looking at runs from the Miami River to Northwest 81st
Street within the City of Miami, from Biscayne Boulevard west to Northwest
27th Avenue. But the zone also includes Opa-locka and a significant
portion of Hialeah as well as a piece of unincorporated Miami-Dade
County surrounding Miami International Airport.
Beacon Council has been working to build up the under-developed areas
in the enterprise zones, Mr. Fernety said.
said Hot Jobs, now working in temporary office space, is targeting
a permanent home in Coral Gables. Hot Jobs could be important to the
community, Mr. Fernety said, both because it is one of the career-type
dot-coms and because the One Community One Goal job-creation program
has specifically targeted information technology and telecommunications
Beacon Council began working with MDEK as a result of a council mission
to New York, Mr. Fernety said. Hot Jobs, on the other hand, came from
a member's referral.
how many of these things come to us," he said. "Our members
are some of our best sources of business."
Target Industry grants are given to help Florida compete with other
states in attracting jobs. Hot Jobs would be eligible for tax refunds
of $90,000 under the program if it meets its projection of 60 jobs.
MDEK would be eligible for $80,300.
county would provide a maximum of $16,060 to MDEK and $18,000 to Hot