Rumble Lured to Sarasota County With $825K Grant

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Screenshot of Rumble content on Nov. 7, 2021.

Video-sharing platform Rumble will soon open its U.S. headquarters on Longboat Key, an expansion that comes after Sarasota County Commissioners approved an incentive grant worth up to $825,000.

"Moving to Longboat Key is a win-win for Rumble and the Sarasota community," said Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski. "Sarasota County is growing rapidly, and we are excited to be part of the growth. We plan to fill 20-25 new positions in Florida immediately for our U.S. headquarters, with many more planned for the future. This move positions us to continue providing a platform to content creators without the threats from big tech monopolies. We are excited to invest in Florida in the coming years while we continue to grow Rumble."

According to a Sarasota County memo, the local funding will be payable over nine years and pay for 165 jobs to be created, a notably larger workforce than that promised in Rumble’s announcement of the move. The money will be awarded as jobs come online, according to a memo by Sarasota County Government Relations Director Robert Lewis.

The company told Sarasota County it has location a 4,800-square-foot facility on the key which would accommodate 50 to 70 employees, and the company committed to growing to the larger 165 number by 2026.

The company, which boasted 40 million monthly average views on its platform as of August, announced publicly it intends to invest $50 million in the state of Florida. The company committed to Sarasota County it will make capital investments in this area of $500,000 by 2025.

Rumble has made a name for itself in recent years for placing few limits on what content can be shared, including for users banned from YouTube. For example, while YouTube suspended Right Side Broadcasting Network immediately before it was set to livestream a Donald Trump rally in Sarasota earlier this year, Rumble carried the feed.

Screenshot of Rumble content on Nov. 7, 2021.

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