City of Orlando

The City of Orlando is an international business center.

A bustling downtown draws businesses of all types and is especially strong in its ability to attract corporate headquarters. Some of those that have selected downtown Orlando include BBA Aviation, Signature Flight Services, CuraScript and Indra Systems, Inc.

The city's potential has only begun to be realized. Numerous major multi-use commercial projects are on the drawing board. An unprecedented level of office development is planned for downtown Orlando. All told, more than one million additional square feet of construction has been announced for the downtown business district. But, downtown Orlando is more than just business. Ten public and private secondary schools, all noted for excellence and innovative teaching, bring schoolchildren of all socio-economic realms into our downtown on a daily basis.

Downtown is also alive with higher education. In addition to its downtown center that specializes in continuing education, the University of Central Florida’s Interactive Entertainment Academy’s (FIEA) state-of-the-art facilities and faculty train graduate-level game developers on an innovative campus once housed the City’s local expo center. UCF is also planning an expanded downtown campus to enhance educational opportunities for students which will further energize downtown. Florida A&M’s Law School opened in downtown Orlando in fall 2002. Florida State University’s Medical School has a regional campus in Delaney Park, just south of downtown, where third and fourth year medical students complete their training through involvement with two of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, both of which are also located in downtown Orlando. Valencia College also has a downtown Orlando campus.

Leading Employers

Company Number of Employees
Universal Orlando Resort 21,000
Adventist Health System/Florida Hospital 20,413*
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority 18,000
Orlando Health 16,828*
Hilton Grand Vacations Club 3,078
City of Orlando 2,883
Mears Transportation Group 2,825
SunTrust Banks 2,670
Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy 2,400
Southwest Airlines Co. 2,200
Bank of America Corporation 1,775
Orlando Sentinel Media Group 594
CNL Financial Group 289
* includes employment outside the City of Orlando but within the Orlando MSA
Source: Direct Company Contact; Orlando Sentinel; Orlando Business Journal - July 2016

City of Orlando Contacts

City of Orlando
Mayor Buddy Dyer

City of Orlando Leadership

Brooke Bonnett
Economic Development Department Director