Scott on hand as USAA opens new Tampa headquarters

Yvette C. Hammett, (@Yvette_Hammett)

— With Gov. Rick Scott and several local officials on hand to cheer them on, USAA officials broke ground Tuesday on a 420,000 square-foot Tampa headquarters building at U.S. 301 and the Selmon Expressway.

Along with the new building, scheduled to be completed in 2015, comes a promise of 1,200 new jobs, mostly in client services, with the help of state and county funds through the Qualified Targeted Industries Program.

Hillsborough County has pledged $729,000 and the state kicks in the remaining 80 percent, or $2.9 million in job-growth incentives, said County Director of Economic Development Lindsey Kimball.

So far, the company, which provides financial services, insurance services and banking to more than 10 million customers nationwide — most either in the military or veterans — has hired 130 new employees, with the others to be added by 2019.

And USAA is still hiring. Interested applicants can apply on line at USAA.com/careers.

“As they create the jobs, they submit reports to the state, showing that they are paying the correct wages, and then they are reimbursed,” Kimball explained.

“We’ve already met, even surpassed our numbers of 100 employees for this year, primarily member service representatives to help clients with insurance, banking and financial services transactions,” said USAA spokeswoman Rebecca Hirsch.

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