Orlando City S.C. promises stadium subsidy will create 60 new permanent jobs, like this is a good thing

And hey, speaking of Florida and stadiums and job creation, somebody went to the trouble of actually reading Orlando City S.C.‘s application for state subsidies for their new $115 million soccer stadium, and found the number of permanent jobs the team is promising to create: 60. That’s six-zero. As blogger and frequent Orlando mayoral candidate Mike Cantone (who unfortunately doesn’t provide a link to the team’s application) puts it:

This is quite the contrast to claims made by Mayor Buddy Dyer and other elected officials during the controversial process of pushing through the stadium. In fact, Fox 35 News reported in October: “Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said this will create thousands of jobs, both during the stadium’s construction and with its operation once it’s built.”

“We’re going to use our blueprint program. And we are going to employee 3,000 people through that program, and we have a target ex-offenders, homeless and Parramore residents, but it’s not exclusive through that,” said Dyer in mid-October.

If the state tax kickback request is approved, the city, county, and state combined will be providing about $70 million in subsidies to the soccer project. Divide that by 60 jobs, and we get $1.17 million in cost per permanent job created. In terms of job creation, Orlando really would have been better off renting Allen Sanderson’s proverbial helicopter.

6 comments on “Orlando City S.C. promises stadium subsidy will create 60 new permanent jobs, like this is a good thing

  1. When grilled about the huge discrepancy between his job projections and the actual jobs created, Buddy Dyer responded, in a very defensive tone: “Well hey, now… it’s better than no jobs, right? Right? C’mon, just say yes.”

  2. Putting “civic pride” on anything related to Orlando is a mildly amusing yet ultimately futile exercise, because this city has a way of stamping out whatever bits of charm and character that its residents manage to create, never mind that damn near half of the city’s population changes every three months to begin with.

  3. (I know MikeM’s comment was facetious — just wanted to bag on the “powers” that be in this town some more.)

  4. Because we gotta hear both sides, here’s the response from some St Pete-based writer about the “economic impact” of the soccer stadium: http://www.saintpetersblog.com/archives/169092

  5. More from the Orlando Soccer application for state funds, including tens of millions in state sales tax incentives — Mayor Dyer and the Orlando soccer team want at least $30 million more in public funds for party terraces, bars and a partial roof: