Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced today (Oct. 27) that Fidelity Investments® will add 600 jobs during three years and invest a minimum of $8 million across its Triangle facilities, including its Durham County campus.
“Fidelity investments is an innovative company that has chosen to expand in the place and state where innovation thrives,” Governor McCrory said. “Fidelity has demonstrated to the business world that North Carolina is the place to find talent, technology and an environment that appreciates business.”
Fidelity established a significant Research Triangle presence in 2002 with its acquisition of an employee benefits business. The firm later designated North Carolina as a regional technology center of excellence, added a data center, built a customer contact center and is also home to Fidelity Charitable and multiple operations groups. Fidelity employs more than 3,500 people across Durham and Wake counties, with walk-in investor centers in Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, and Raleigh.
“Fidelity’s continued success and growth in the Research Triangle comes down to talent,” said Secretary Skvarla. “When it comes to the latest technical and business skills, nothing compares to our workforce. Firms like Fidelity can count on North Carolina.”
“Fidelity has found North Carolina to be a great place to grow and we are pleased to be adding 600 more jobs by the end of 2018, predominantly in technology,” said Joan Vinas, senior vice president and North Carolina regional leader for Fidelity Investments. “More than half of our North Carolina employees are building careers in technology, operations and customer facing positions, and we plan to hire more of the state’s diverse and talented workforce as we continue to grow. We thank Governor McCrory, Secretary Skvarla, the N.C. General Assembly, the N.C. Community College System and Durham County for their collaboration and partnership.”
Under the terms of the company’s Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG), Fidelity is eligible to receive more than $15 million in total reimbursements. Payments will occur in annual installments pending verification by two state agencies that the company has fulfilled incremental job creation and investment requirements. This JDIG is contingent upon Durham County offering local incentives.
By law, JDIG-supported projects must result in a net revenue inflow to the state treasury over the life of the award. For projects in Tier 3 counties such as Durham County, 25 percent of the award amount is directed to the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account to help finance economic infrastructure in less populated Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties. Fidelity’s expansion could provide as much as $5.17 million in new funds for the Utility Account.
Joining N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. in supporting Fidelity’s expansion is the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Durham County, and the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.