Orlando Economic Forum

The Orlando Economic Forum is an initiative of the Orlando Economic Partnership (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.


Sean Snaith, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida


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

Cecelia Bonifay
Akerman, LLP
Secretary/Treasurer, Orlando EDC

Phillip Brown
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Arnold Evans
SunTrust Bank, Central Florida Division

Orlando Evora
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Scott Faris
Luminar Technologies, Inc.

Melanie Forbrick

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

Bill Moss
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

Jacob Stuart
Orlando Economic Partnership

Rasesh Thakkar
Tavistock Group

Robert Utsey
Skanska USA Building Inc.
Chair, Orlando EDC

Rick Wassel
IQ Orlando

Vickie White
Florida Hospital 

In The News

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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The release of preliminary January payroll employment data by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity indicates that Orlando continues to lead the state and nation in job growth into 2017.

Orlando is adding more than 1,000 jobs per week across a broad-base of industries. The professional and business services industry, which includes legal, accounting, computer systems design, management and administrative services had the largest net gain with 13,200 new jobs, outpacing the region’s leisure and hospitality industry. Construction employment grew the fastest with 10.4 year-over-year percentage change. Only the information industry, which largely covers media-related industries, recorded a contraction in the previous 12 months.

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