Orlando Economic Forum

The Orlando Economic Forum is an initiative of the Orlando Economic Partnership (Orlando EP). Comprised of local industry leaders, the Forum meets quarterly to discuss both current economic conditions and issues of regional significance in the four-county Orlando Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The Forum's signature publication, Orlando Insight, reflects those discussions and draws from the most recent data available at time of preparation.

Chair

Sean Snaith, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida


Members

Thomas Baptiste, Lt. Gen., USAF (Ret.)
National Center for Simulation

Cecelia Bonifay
Akerman, LLP
Secretary/Treasurer, Orlando Economic Partnership

Phillip Brown
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Kevin Dareenhamp
Lockheed Martin (MFC)

Arnold Evans
SunTrust Bank, Central Florida Division

Orlando Evora
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Scott Faris
Luminar Technologies, Inc.

Melanie Forbrick
Siemens

Tim Giuliani
Orlando Economic Partnership

Larry Henrichs
Visit Orlando

Daryl Holt
Electronic Arts (EA Studios)

Steven Jamieson
The Mall at Millenia

Tony Jenkins
Florida Blue

Marva Johnson
Charter Communications
 
Chester Kennedy
BRIDG

Bill Martin
Greater Osceola Partnership for Economic Prosperity
Chair, Regional Economic Developers (RED) Team


Bill Moss
CBRE
Chair, EDC Business Development Committee

Pamela Nabors
CareerSource Central Florida

Bob Provitola
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Chair, Manufacturers Association of Central Florida

Jerry Ross
National Entrepreneur Center

Crystal Sircy
Orlando Economic Partnership

Rasesh Thakkar
Tavistock Group

Robert Utsey
Skanska USA Building Inc.
Co-Chair, Orlando Economic Partnership

Rick Wassel
IQ Orlando

Vickie White
Florida Hospital 

In The News


Orlando offers one of the best tax structures for business, landing at the No. 15 spot globally on KPMG’s Focus on Tax report. The study highlights 51 major international cities, those that KPMG determines to be of most interest to companies seeking to locate international business operations.  

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Orlando outpaced national job growth for ten years, 2005 to 2015, in number of jobs and gross metropolitan product (GMP). In a recent report by the Brookings Institution, Orlando ranked in the top 10 metropolitan areas with positive economic performance over a five-year period, 2010-2015, and in the top 20 for 2005-2015. These rankings indicate strong, long-term economic growth for the region.

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