Governor Scott and USAA Break Ground
TAMPA, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott was joined by Shon Manasco, executive vice president, member experience and other leaders from United Services Automobile Association (USAA) to celebrate the ground breaking on USAA’s new Tampa campus. USAA has hired 130 employees in the Tampa area since January 2014, and is continuing to hire more.
Governor Scott said, “I applaud USAA’s commitment to growing jobs in Florida, and supporting our active duty military, veterans and their families. This expansion, and these 130 jobs are helping more Floridians provide for their families, and live the American dream. We have worked hard to create an environment where businesses can grow and expand, and we must keep working to ensure that more companies like USAA are able to create jobs and opportunities for future generations.”
Governor Scott also awarded USAA’s Shon Manasco with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award. The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals for their efforts in creating jobs and opportunities for Florida families.
“For more than 40 years, Tampa has been a critical part of our success as an association,” said Shon Manasco, USAA, executive vice president, member experience. “USAA’s expansion in this vibrant city marks an important step in broadening the impact that this community, and our employees who live and work there, will have as we continue in the pursuit of our mission to serve even more military families.”
This groundbreaking is part of USAA’s expansion announced last year that will expand its presence in Hillsborough County, creating up to 1,215 new jobs and $164.3 million in capital investment by 2019.
To accommodate the anticipated growth, USAA is leasing 50,000 square feet of temporary office space at Lakeview Center in Tampa, with plans to construct a new, 420,000 square foot facility at the Crosstown Center in Brandon by 2015.
The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County, Workforce Florida, Inc. and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.