AQR Capital Management LLC, a global investment management firm based in Greenwich, plans to expand its headquarters and operations in Connecticut over the next 10 years in what Gov. Dannel Malloy said is a more than $72 million project that will retain 540 jobs, create up to 600 more jobs and significantly increase the firm’s economic impact in the state.
The state Department of Economic and Community Development, through the First Five Plus program, will provide up to $28 million in loans and up to $7 million in grants to support the expansion project. State funding will be disbursed in multiple phases as AQR reaches certain job creation and retention milestones.
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The economic incentives will support the firm’s anticipated infrastructure investments at its 2 Greeenwich Plaza headquarters, including leasehold improvements and office space expansion, as well as technology enhancements to AQR’s data center in Trumbull.
“We have found Fairfield County to be a desirable location to base our firm and the quality of professionals we attract is outstanding,” AQR Principal and Chief Financial Officer John Howard said in the announcement.