Charter Schools USA will expand and relocate its national corporate headquarters, creating 73 jobs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Company will invest $1.3 million to relocate its current headquarters to more than 43,000 square feet of leased space at the Radice II office building located at 800 Corporate Drive.
“Our company continues to grow and every job we create allows us to support teachers and provide the best possible education for our students,” said a representative of Charter Schools USA. “We appreciate all the combined efforts of the organizations that made this move possible including: Governor Rick Scott, Enterprise Florida, City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler & the City Commission, City Manager Lee Feldman and Economic & Community Reinvestment Manager Al Battle; and Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance CEO Council Chairman Ray Ferrero, Jr. and Managing Director Robin Ronne.”
CSUSA’s headquarters will also include a new, first-of-its-kind training facility, Leading Edge, to be used for charter school teachers, principals, assistant principals and staff. CSUSA will bring staff from all 70 schools for professional development throughout the year.
President/CEO of Enterprise Florida Gray Swoope said, “The announcement of the expansion by Charter Schools USA shows that Florida’s resources, including a strong workforce, expansive infrastructure and strategic partnerships, have created one of the top business climates in the country. We look forward to seeing the company’s success in the coming years.”
As an incentive, state and local incentives were approved by Florida and the City of Fort Lauderdale total $365,000 using the performance-based Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund program.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said “We are delighted that national education industry leaders like Charter Schools USA have chosen to continue to make the City of Fort Lauderdale their location of choice. This project exemplifies the attractiveness of our city and our ongoing commitment to support new and expanding business enterprises. We welcome Charter Schools’ expansion in Fort Lauderdale and look forward to their continued growth and success in their new location.”
According to Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance CEO Council Chairman Ray Ferrero, Jr, “We are so very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with our partners at the City of Fort Lauderdale and Enterprise Florida on behalf of Charter Schools USA. The CEO Council’s mission is to maintain and grow the presence of the more than 150 corporate and international headquarter operations in the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County area that can take advantage of our world class quality of life, transportation access and highly rated business and personal tax climate, and Charter Schools USA’ decision provides further positive confirmation and ratification of our initiative.”