Gartner to expand operation center in Fort Myers, Florida

Gartner, Inc., a technology research and analysis company is expanding their operation center in Fort Myers, Florida, according to a statement released by the Florida governor's office. The company is investing $28 million into the new expansion and expects it to create 400 more new jobs by the end of 2019.

The current Fort Myers, Florida, location opened in 1998 and has grown to be Gartner's second largest office in the world. The company consolidated its offices in the city into one newly-built 120,000-square-foot facility in 2012 and project it would add 400 new jobs. The company will likely meet that goal and currently employs more than 600 workers.

The company considered moving the operation center to another state but decided to continue its relationship with Florida, according to a statement by Florida's Gov. Rick Scott. Florida has created more than 563,000 private-sector jobs in the past four years and is currently ranked third in the nation for high-tech establishments. The state also offers one of the largest software and computer systems industry in the U.S. with 12,600 businesses, the governor's office stated.

"Our technology industry is growing and creating high-wage, high-skill jobs for Floridians," Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said. "We are excited that Gartner is expanding in Florida and employing more of our citizens." 

Businesses in the software, computer and information technology industries like Gartner should partner with technical recruiters to find the most qualified workers for their new positions.