FIS opens new headquarters in Jacksonville

FIS opens new headquarters in Jacksonville
FIS and City leaders participated in a ribbon-cutting on Oct. 12 for the new FIS headquarters at 347 Riverside Avenue. Photo by Michele Leivas.

Construction wraps up on riverfront parcel

Fidelity Information Services (FIS) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the official opening of its new headquarters at 347 Riverside Avenue.

The ceremony was held on Oct. 12, more than a year after commemorating the hoisting of the building’s final beam.

Planning for the new high-rise headquarters dates back to 2019. Today, the 12-story, 300,000-plus square-foot building is the newest addition to the Jacksonville skyline and “was built to be both resilient and support our environmental sustainability goals,” according to FIS Chairman and CEO Gary Norcross. “…This building is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in Florida.”

“I am truly humbled by this moment, which is a testament to the company we have built together. I’m honored today to officially open our new headquarters in the heart of Jacksonville (…),” said Norcross.

Norcross spoke of commitments FIS made with the City of Jacksonville for this project, including a promise to spend $5 million with Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business (JSEB) suppliers and contractors.

“It gives me great pleasure to say not only did we meet that commitment but we are exceeding it and are projected to spend nearly $14 million with JSEB as part of the build,” he said.

“Additionally, in late 2019, we committed to bring at least 500 new jobs to Jacksonville within 10 years, increasing our local workforce to 1,800 employees and I’m proud to share we are already 75 percent of the way there as we open our headquarters today,” he added.

Norcross highlighted several features of the new building, including a 50,000-square-foot cafe and terrace and 10,000-square-foot fitness center that were created to “provide our employees a chance to connect and focus on their health and well-being.”

The riverfront property also includes many features to be enjoyed by the Jacksonville community at large, including a parking garage that will be available to residents and visitors on nights, weekends and holidays and a shaded walkway from Riverside Avenue down to the Riverwalk, featuring public art “provided in partnership with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.”

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Charles Moreland attended the event on behalf of Mayor Curry.

“This headquarters has significant meanings in Jacksonville and I’m gonna give you three reasons,” he said. “One, it means high-paying, high-quality jobs for our community. Two, it means attracting more people to our city. And three, it means we are solidifying Jacksonville’s reputation as a leader in the fin tech industry. It’s a lot to be proud of.”

By Michele Leivas
Resident Community News

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