On December 12, Governor Rick Scott announced that ACI Worldwide, a Naples-based company that powers electronic payments for financial institutions, retailers and processors around the world, will expand its operations in Naples, creating 57 new jobs and $1.5 million in capital investment. The company will also retain 58 positions in Collier County.
Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud to announce that ACI Worldwide has selected Naples as the best location to expand its operations, which will create 57 new jobs for families in Collier county. We were competing with Nebraska for these jobs, but ultimately ACI chose Florida. We will continue working with state and local partners to make sure Florida is first for jobs. I look forward to seeing ACI Worldwide’s success in Florida.”
ACI is one of the Gulf Coast’s largest companies by revenue, ranked No. 28 on the 2015 Gulf Coast 500. It is also ranked No. 18 on the latest IDC Financial Insights 2016 FinTech Rankings, the annual list of the world’s largest financial technology companies judged according to their global revenues.
Florida is the No. 3 state in the nation for high-tech establishments and has the top-ranked high-tech workforce in the Southeast. Florida’s IT strengths include diverse and growing sectors and more than 26,000 industry companies which employ over 245,700 professionals.
The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, and Collier County.
Phil Heasley, President and CEO, ACI Worldwide said, “Naples, the Gulf Coast and the State of Florida provide tremendous opportunities to companies with operations here. And this burgeoning region is fast becoming a major technology hub due to its universities and growing pool of top talent. Our own continued growth and success—both in Florida and globally—validate the region’s strengths and we look forward to further expanding our footprint here.”
Mike Grissom, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Florida, Inc. said, “This is great news for Southwest Florida and our state’s IT industry. These new jobs will be a great addition to Florida’s IT sector. We look forward to watching ACI grow in our state.”
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “ACI Worldwide’s expansion in Southwest Florida is great news for local jobseekers. We are committed to continuing economic development and workforce investments in Florida that enable us to be more competitive for companies like ACI Worldwide as they grow.”
Kristi Bartlett, Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce said, “The expansion of the ACI Worldwide corporate headquarters brings high-value jobs to Naples and is another example of growing our local economic base through our business retention/expansion program.”
Penny Taylor, Collier County Commissioner said, “We are excited that ACI invested in Collier County and continues to see our community and our people as a great investment. When projects like this come before the Board, we want to endorse them because we know the return for our community is going to be so great. We thank Governor Scott and Enterprise Florida for allowing us to partner in this endeavor.”