Office Depot Prmise of local job creation falls short.
Each year, the company sends an independently audited report to the county, said Assistant County Administrator Shannon LaRocque. The report arrives in March and covers the previous year.
The most recent report shows that the company has retained its 1,750 headquarters jobs, but hasn't gotten very far on the requirement to create new local jobs.
"They created two jobs out of the 200," LaRocque said. "But they have until 2014."
But wait! This just in:
Office Depot announced this month that it had hired a French company to outsource 80 of its Boca accounting jobs to Guatemala and India.
This wasn't the county's idea of job creation. So LaRocque and county Commissioner Burt Aaronson met last week with Office Depot's chief executive officer Neil Austrian to remind the company of its deal, which has already cost county taxpayers $953,000.
"Nobody wants to see us outsourcing jobs when so many people here are out of work," Aaronson said. "It left a bad taste in my mouth."