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Ernst & Young opens Tucson office, plans to hire 125 staffers

Global financial advising company Ernst & Young has returned to Tucson with a national executive support center that opened in Downtown on Wednesday — where the company expects to create more than 125 jobs.

The company, which has been in Arizona about 58 years,  used to have a Tucson office but closed it years ago and consolidated it with its downtown Phoenix office, where all of its 275 Arizona employees have been located, said Brent Summers, enterprise support services leader for Ernst & Young.

Sharon Bronson, chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, issued a statement saying, "It's always a good day when a company as prestigious as EY chooses to locate in your community and create more than 125 jobs."

The center will provide executive administrative support and creative graphics and digital services and will operate in a temporary location until a permanent location is available in the fall. It is one of the company's three such centers in the nation. The others are in Dallas and Cleveland.

The company will occupy a portion of the One South Church building — formerly the Unisource headquarters — while determining where to make a more permanent home in Tucson.

Ernst & Young closed their previous office here about 15 years ago, Summers said. The company did not seek any government incentives for the new office, he said.

"We're excited to be locating in downtown Tucson, and our new space will be a great environment for our talented Tucson employees," Summers said in a press release. "It's designed to enhance the way we work in the digital world and enable flexibility and collaboration."

More than $1 billion has been invested in downtown Tucson over the past decade, including a streetcar and new buildings, according to Pima County officials.

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"Pima County's unique combination of diverse talent and affordability attracted us to this market," Summers said. "Downtown Tucson has recently undergone a great revitalization, and we look forward to being a part of this vibrant growing community."

Ernst & Young's parent, known as EY, is a global company providing assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.

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