Avison Young in Orlando
Orlando’s enviable pipeline of skilled talent, transportation infrastructure, business-friendly environment and unparalleled quality of life has resulted in its recent ranking as the leading U.S. metro in terms of job growth. Consistently ranked as one of the top travel destinations in the world with 75 million visitors during 2018, Orlando is also an energetic and thriving business community. It’s the world capital of the modeling, simulation & training industry, and is the top producing region for engineers in the aviation, aerospace & defense industry. Orlando is also home to the world’s first international consortium for advanced manufacturing and research, and the life sciences & healthcare industries are rapidly expanding. Additionally, Orlando has one of the finest research & development parks in the United States, located adjacent to the University of Central Florida (UCF), the largest university in the country in terms of total enrollment and home to one of the nation’s top tech incubators.
Commercial development projects dot the landscape in Orlando, from highly-anticipated new mixed-use developments in the urban core to massive distribution projects in the area surrounding Orlando International Airport, along the Western Beltway and along the I-4 corridor. As of early 2019, there was $2 billion in new development projects planned or underway in Orlando's 1,000-AC central business district and $3.6 billion in multifamily construction underway or planned in metro Orlando. Additionally, Virgin Trains USA has broken ground on its Orlando to Miami route, part of a $4 billion expansion to be completed in 2022, that will directly connect Central Florida to South Florida.
Major employers in Orlando include Walt Disney Company, Lockheed Martin, Siemens Energy, Mitsubishi-Hitachi Power Systems, L-3 Communications, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Electronic Arts, KPMG, Northrop Grumman, Darden Restaurants, Tupperware Brands Corp., American Automobile Association (AAA), and Deloitte, among many others. Additionally, more than 150 international companies, representing about 20 countries, have facilities in Orlando.