While Florida's economic mantra continues to be jobs, jobs, jobs, an Orlando company announced it was adding 1,200 jobs — in North Carolina.
Orlando-based Connextions Inc., which provides call center employment to large health care insurance companies, said it was opening a new call center in Charlotte, N.C., with 800 new jobs, and adding 400 jobs to an existing call center in Concord, N.C.
The Charlotte Observer newspaper called the news "the region's largest employment announcement in recent memory." The Charlotte region's jobless rate was 10.7 percent in February.
Connextions jobs will pay $35,000 to $45,000, said company president Steven Auerbach, and each applicant hired gets a $400 signing bonus. Auerbach said Connextions is adding jobs in the Charlotte area because of the high-quality work force. Workers will help health insurance buyers find suitable plans, benefits and prices.
Joining Auerbach for Thursday's announcement was North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. Any state incentives from North Carolina? Not a dime. The company sought no economic incentives from the state, cities or counties, Auerbach said.