NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises’ decision to build new $250 million global headquarters in Miami was partly motivated by an incentive deal negotiated by the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the public-private partnership designed to increase jobs and investments in Miami-Dade County.
“Telemundo and its parent company Comcast had other options to build out these assets,” said Larry Williams, president and CEO of the Beacon Council. “They have other assets around the country where they could have consolidated their operations. We worked hard to prove to them that Miami was the most favorable place for them to be able to connect and grow. A lot of it had to do with the assets we’ve always had — a large Spanish-speaking population, a great destination city for them to get celebrities and political figures to visit — but most importantly that we had the area and open space they needed to build the facility.”
At Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony, Telemundo announced the 450,000-square-foot building, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2018, would house between 1,100-1,300 employees. When finished, the facility, at 12200 NW 25th St., would create 150 new jobs with an average salary of $89,000. That would qualify Telemundo to receive a $3 million Target Jobs Incentive Fund, which is based on creation of jobs above the county-average wage, paid out over six years in the form of corporate tax rebates.
Telemundo also will receive a $5.5 million High Impact Performance Incentive and a Capital Investment Tax Credit from the state dependent on performance, to be gauged over five to eight years. The new building will house Telemundo Network, Telemundo Studios, Telemundo International, the cable network NBC Universo and all of the company’s digital media operations. Telemundo 51, the network’s Miami station, will continue to operate and broadcast from its current home in Miramar.
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“Miami is becoming one of the biggest media hubs in the U.S.,” Williams said. “There’s New York, Los Angeles and then there’s Miami. We are already No. 1 in Spanish-language media. Telemundo will bring more pre- and post-production jobs, content creators, software developers and engineers for their digital components. These are great jobs and a great thing for our community to be known for.”