Gov. Jan Brewer leaves a shoe print in wet clay as part of the groundbreaking for the new Go Daddy facility.


TEMPE - Web-hosting giant Go Daddy announced Tuesday that it will expand its operations in Arizona, adding at least 300 employees.

The company is constructing a new building in the Arizona State University Research Park.

The official hiring number is 300, but Go Daddy chief executive Blake Irving said he figures the company overall will hire about 500 new workers by 2014, including engineers, developers and customer service representatives.

Go Daddy will keep its existing headquarters in Scottsdale plus another facility in Gilbert. Overall the company has about 3,400 workers, about 2,600 of these in Arizona.

The new jobs come at a cost to the state.

The company is eligible for a job-creation tax credit of $9,000 over three years for each new worker, said Sandra Watson, president of the Arizona Commerce Authority.

On top of that, Go Daddy can get up to $5,000 in training costs covered by the state for each employee, subject to a company match.

Watson said Arizona was competing against other states to land what she said will be high-paying jobs. The company was founded in the Phoenix area.

Irving said the privately held company is now worth $1.4 billion and has 11 million customers and hosts 55 million Internet domains worldwide.

He said the move to the research park makes sense.

"We're going to establish offices where the talent is," Irving said, citing "a great talent base" at ASU.