Grant Thornton launches center of excellence in Orlando

23 July 2021 2 min. read
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Accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton has announced the opening of new center of excellence (COE) in Orlando that will employ at least 60 professionals.

The new office will open August 1, 2021, bolstering the firm’s presence in the Orlando market. Grant Thornton will also retain its downtown office, which has approximately 30 employees. The firm, which focuses on mid-market clients, has over 300 employees across five offices in Florida.

Grant Thornton’s Orlando COE will initially enhance the firm’s national indirect tax practice, focusing on sales/use and property tax compliance and consulting services. The team will use a data-informed approach that leverages analytics, automation, and visualization.

Mark Arrigo, national managing partner of state and local tax services at Grant Thornton, said, “We are committed to ensuring the highest level of quality and service for our clients, and this project will move us forward in scalability, enhanced use of technology, and data analytics — all of which is meant to provide the distinctive client service we are known for in the market.”

Grant Thornton launches center of excellence in Orlando

Under the Orlando Strive program, which provides economic development incentives to attract jobs to the city, Grant Thornton will receive a total of $75,000 over the span of six years. The company will have to create approximately 60 jobs by Dec. 31, 2024 to receive the incentive.

“Our team played a critical role in providing the company with talent data and creating a competitive package that secured this project as a win for our region,” Tim Giuliani, president and CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership, said. “The jobs created at the Center of Excellence will supply new opportunities for Orlando’s residents.”

The COE’s 12,000-square-foot office will be located at 5955 TG Lee Boulevard, Suite 200, of the Citadel International II office building in Orlando’s Lee Vista office park.

Headquartered in Chicago, Grant Thornton has more than 50 offices nationwide and annual revenue of $1.92 billion.