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  • Fact and Rankings – Orlando Florida

    FACTS

    • Orlando is home to an emerging ‘medical city’ at Lake Nona with a new University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and M. D. Anderson – Orlando Cancer Research Institute. Coming by 2012 is the Nemours Childrens’ Hospital, Orlando VA Medical Center, and a University of Florida research center. By year 10, the life science cluster could create 30,000 jobs with $7.6 billion in economic impact.
    • Orlando is home to the University of Central Florida, now the 2nd largest university in the country with over $122 million in research; international reputations in innovations in lasers/optics and hospitality; and a newly opened medical school.
    • The City of Orlando has a vibrant, downtown core with a brand new Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic.
    • Orlando will soon be home to a new commuter rail system, SunRail, and the nation’s first high speed rail system linking Tampa and Orlando.
    • Metro Orlando has a rapidly growing $13.4 billion technology industry employing 53,000 people.
    • Orlando has nationally recognized clusters of innovation in digital media, agritechnology, aviation and aerospace, and software.
    • Industry giant Electronic Arts – the world’s leading independent developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software – creates some of the world’s top-selling games in Metro Orlando, including the popular Madden NFL Football, NCAA Football, Tiger Woods PGA Tour and several other game series.
    • Metro Orlando has the 7th largest research park in the country (Central Florida Research Park) with over 1,025 acres. It is home to over 120 companies, employs more than 8,500 people, and is the hub of the nation’s military simulation and training programs.
    • The University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training developed the nation’s first master’s and PhD programs in simulation and human performance enhancement.
    • Metro Orlando is home to the simulation procurement commands for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
    • More than 150 international companies, representing approximately 20 countries, have facilities in Metro Orlando.

    RANKINGS

    • TechAmerica Foundation says Florida remains 4th ranked cyberstate in terms of high tech employment and 3rd for its number of high tech business locations.
    • BizJournals.com/Portfolio.com ranks Orlando 17th for “Business Vitality.”
    • Rollins College’s MBA program is recognized among the nation’s “Best Business Schools” and “#1-rated MBA program in Florida” by Forbes magazine.
    • Florida ranks #1 for aerospace start-ups and new branches and #8 for aerospace employment according to BizMiner in the August issue of Business Xpansion Journal.
    • Florida ranks as the #3 state to do business, according to Chief Executive magazine’s 2009 “Best & Worst States” survey.
    • According to BizJournals, Orlando ranks as the 7th best city in which to start a small business.
    • Orlando ranks as the 4th most popular city, based on where people want to live, according to Pew Research Center.
    • According to Yahoo!, Orlando is a “Great City for Salary Growth” in large part due to our emerging ‘medical city’.
    • Forbes.com ranks Metro Orlando fourth on their annual list of “Most Wired Cities.”
    • Metro Orlando ranks 11th among Milken Institute’s 2008 “Best Performing Cities.”
    • UCF ranks 3rd in the “Top 10 Most Impactful Patent Portfolios” according to The Patent Scoreboard.
    • Florida ranks as the 8th top state for business, 17th in America’s top states for business, #1 in workforce in America’s tops states for business, and #9 in technology and innovation in America’s top states for business according to CNBC.
    • Business Facilities ranks Florida 9th in overall biotechnology strength, 20th of the top 20 greenest states, and 9th of the top 10 states for business climate.
    • Orlando International Airport tied for 2nd “Best Large Airport for Customer Satisfaction” according to J.D. Power & Associates.
    • Surveys show that Florida ranks 11th for entrepreneurial activity according to the Kauffman Foundation.
    • Fast Company magazine names Orlando as one of the “12 Best Cities for Innovation.”
    • Florida ranks second on the list of “most pro-business states” in a survey conducted by Pollina Corporate Real Estate.
    • Florida ranked 4th in the nation for A.P. student performance.
    • Orlando International Airport is busiest airport in Florida, according to aviation authority statistics.
    • According to Forbes, Orlando is the 9th fastest growing metro.
    • Global Insight says Orlando will be #1 for job growth from 2007–2012.
    • The Tax Foundation ranks Florida as the 5th “Business Friendly Tax State” for 2008.
    • BusinessWeek featured Metro Orlando among its picks of “global hot spots” in its issue titled “What Makes a Winner: The Competition Issue.” Orlando is one of three communities in the world to be featured.
    • Simultaneously, Orlando has been ranked the No. 1 spot to grow a small business by Bizjournal, No. 1 for America’s best jobs in the hottest markets by Business 2.0, and the No. 4 hottest spot for job creation by Expansion Management.
    • For the fourth consecutive year, the Metro Orlando economy ranks among the strongest economies in the U.S. and the strongest in the state of Florida according to the annual POLICOM Economic Strength Rankings.
    • Orlando is the 12th “Hottest Job Market” according to Business2.0.
    • Inc. magazine names Orlando as the fourth “Best City for Business” in the large cities category.
    • fDi magazine recognizes Orlando as one of the “North American Cities of the Future”; No. 3 in “Most Business Friendly;” and No. 4 in “Quality of Life.”
    • Southern Business & Development names Orlando as one of the “Top 10 Places in the South for Emerging Industries.”
    • Bizjournal ranks Florida as the ninth “Best Market for Young Adult Job Seekers.”
    • Orlando is the third “Best Pro-Business State,” according to Pollina Corporation.
    • According to Forbes magazine, Orlando is the fourth “Best City in the Country for creating jobs.”
    • Expansion Management names Orlando as one of the “50 Hottest Cities.”
    • Grubb & Ellis Market Strength Forecast for 2007 named Orlando’s office market No. 8 in U.S. survey as an investment opportunity.
    • Wired magazine names Orlando as one of the nation’s “Best Geek Cities”, citing the area as a top ten place to “get your geek on.”
    • Metro Orlando was named one of ten “Blooming U.S. Cities for Tech” according to eWEEK.com.
    • Forbes magazine lists Metro Orlando among the “Best Places for Business and Careers.”
    • U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of “America’s Best College” names Rollins College as the number one university in the South.
    • Florida has been ranked as a “Top 10 Places for Film Production in the U.S.” by P3/Production Update magazine.
    • Metro Orlando ranks 3rd among Inc. magazine’s “Hottest Large Cities for Doing Business” and 28th in the nation for entrepreneurs.
    • Metro Orlando ranks second on the list of “Six Great Relocation Destinations” published by Retirement Solutions Foundation.
    • Metro Orlando is the “Number One City for Entrepreneurs” by Entrepreneur Magazine.
    • Metro Orlando has been named in previous years as a “Major Market of the Year” by Southern Business & Development.
    • Metro Orlando ranks as one of the top five “Cities for Moviemakers” by MovieMaker Magazine.
    • Florida ranks as one of the top five states for start-ups in twelve of twelve business categories by Global Corporate Xpansion magazine and BizMiner.
    • According to Harris Poll, Florida is the 2nd “Most Popular Place to Live.”

    Florida ranks among the top three states with best workforce training programs, according to Expansion Management

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