SJC Commissioners Green Light PGA Tour Campus Expansion To Include Broadcast Media Building – Action News Jax
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla .– The St. Johns County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday gave the PGA Tour the green light to move forward with its campus expansion on Palm Valley Road.
The organization will move its broadcast media building to Ponte Vedra beach.
Action News Jax Courtney Cole has spoken to St. Johns County and the PGA Tour about the impact he will have off the green.
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The PGA Tour’s footprint in St. Johns County continues to grow. Their Global Home, an extraordinary modern workspace has just opened its doors in January of the year. Their broadcast media building is slated to open next door within three years.
“So we’re bringing our employees from our existing PGA Tour entertainment center to our campus, so all of us who work for the PGA Tour are together in one space,” said Kirsten Sabia, vice president of Integrated PGA Tour.
She went on to say that the building was going to be 150,000 square feet.
“We couldn’t be more enthusiastic and grateful to the St John’s County Commissioners and staff, and, you know, continue to support the growth of the PGA Tour in this wonderful community,” Sabia told Action News Jax.
It will also bring 45 new jobs with an average annual salary of $ 79,442.
“Creating new jobs in the content and tech industry that will really put Jacksonville back on the map as the most influential media center – essentially between Atlanta and Orlando – something we can all be proud of!” Sabia said.
In addition to the jobs inside the building, Sabia smiled as she explained that construction work will also be needed to ensure the building is ready to open in March 2024.
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“The economic impact of the PGA Tour in general is huge here on the First Coast. I mean, look at what The Players Championship does every year supporting local communities. But then you look at our people who are based here and what they bring to the table in terms of being taxpayers, owning homes, both in St. Johns and Duval County. and just be good corporate citizens. So this building alone will bring in an annual profit of over $ 300 million per year, ”Sabia explained to Cole.
St. Johns County also plans to offer the PGA Tour incentives of around $ 16.7 million. Joy Andrews, Assistant Administrator for St. Johns County, said that while this decision is different from their current incentive program, she says it was well thought out and will benefit the community as a whole.
“So not only is it a financial incentive for our community, but it’s the awareness, it’s the vibe that they positively add to our community,” Andrews said.
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