Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tech Firm to Expand from 20 to 200 Jobs in City; Randrr CEO Says $9 Million Plan Includes $200,000 Positions

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tech Firm to Expand from 20 to 200 Jobs in City; Randrr CEO Says $9 Million Plan Includes $200,000 Positions

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Byline: Drew Dixon

A Jacksonville technology firm will grow tenfold in the next two years and plans to add 200 jobs that pay as much as $200,000 a year for each position.

Randrr is planning a $9 million expansion to its facilities at the Flagler Center off Old St. Augustine Road, going from 20 current employees to the 200 announced at a Wednesday news conference at the JAX Chamber offices. Randrr produces internet and mobile applications that matches job applicants with potential employers (see website randrr.com).

Randrr CEO Terry Terhark said while he already has operations in his home state of Ohio in Findlay, he couldn't ignore Jacksonville and its reputation as a growing technological environment. He said considering the increased attention given Jacksonville, he picked the city for expansion over other areas such as Silicon Valley in California or New York City.

He said he agreed to the business expansion with no tax incentives from local or state sources, a very unusual move in a state where officials regularly hand out millions of dollars in incentives to companies that move or expand in the state.

"Florida and the Jacksonville community has embraced us with open arms ... ," said Terhark, flanked by a platoon of city business and government leaders. "It has a huge depth of technical talent, which is critically important for us. But also, there's a community, or many communities, that make up one large community which is very desirable for us."

Terhark added Florida in general is becoming an employment hotbed, which also attracted him to the state.

Gov. Rick Scott was on hand for the announcement and praised Terhark for the decision to permanently locate here and expand over two years. He said he's not surprised Randrr is expanding in a city that is growing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"Just in Jacksonville, we've got about 6,000 STEM job openings right now," Scott said. …

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