American Express Unveils Sunrise Headquarters Plans

The City of Sunrise Commission this week approved the plans, which will provide offices for most of the credit card company’s 3,000 employees from Plantation, Weston and Miramar.
Those employees specialize in customer care, technology, finance and marketing. Employees in Miami and St. Petersburg will not move, spokeswoman Jennifer Desir-Brown said.
The new campus will allow the company to consolidate operations and will provide flexibility for expansion, the company said.
Groundbreaking is expected in early 2015. The buildings, south of the southeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and NW 136th Avenue, will take two years to compete. American Express said they will qualify for LEED certification — or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.
American Express has operated in South Florida for nearly 40 years but considered moving to North Carolina or Arizona. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance says the company’s decision to remain in South Florida is responsible for retaining 5,000 jobs statewide.
In December, Sunrise approved up to $10 million in economic incentives to American Express, tied to job creation and retention.
“The city’s approval of our design plans is an important step as we extend our commitment to the region,” Doria Camaraza, senior vice president of American Express World Service, said in a news release. “We look forward to an exciting future in Sunrise.”
The company bought land for the headquarters from Coral Gables-based Flagler Development.

Source:  SunSentinel

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