Golf Channel will invest $1.9 million to expand its worldwide headquarters in Orlando, Florida. The company consolidated digital media operations for its GolfChannel.com and GolfNow.com sites, creating at least 75 jobs in Central Florida.
Golf Channel President Mike McCarley said, “The State of Florida, Metro Orlando area, Mayor Dyer and the City Council have all been excellent partners in our continued success as the fastest-growing television network in the U.S. and building our digital businesses like GolfNow. Orlando, a tent pole in the world of golf and Golf Channel’s home since it was launched by co-founder Arnold Palmer 18 years ago, is a pro-growth and pro-business environment that is ripe with a talented workforce, which has helped Golf Channel deliver world-class, high-quality golf content across all our platforms to a global audience.”
Gov. Rick Scott said, “Today’s expansion is great news for Florida families. Florida is the top destination for golf and it only makes sense that the Golf Channel chose Florida for their expansion.”
Secretary of Commerce and President and CEO of Enterprise Florida Gray Swoope said, “Florida is the undisputed golf capital of the world and we are thrilled that Golf Channel has chosen to grow in the state. Thanks to Florida’s low corporate tax burden and no personal income tax, high-quality workforce and modern infrastructure, industry-leaders like Golf Channel can be successful and continue growing here.”
The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, City of Orlando, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Workforce Florida and the Department of Economic Opportunity.
Golf Channel has been approved for $450,000 from the state’s Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund program and $133,000 from the Quick Action Closing Fund. Both state incentives are performance based. They have also been approved for a $112,500 Quick Response Training Grant from Workforce Florida.
President and CEO of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission Rick Weddle said, “Orlando has a strong, vibrant and educated workforce that companies find attractive. We are proud that the Golf Channel has chosen to expand their headquarters in the region as this sends a message to the world about the quality of our workforce, particularly in the digital media and information technology sectors.”