The Central Florida Region includes Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia, Lake and Sumter Counties. The main HBIF office is located in Orlando, established in 1995, and a satellite HBIF office is located within the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce.
Central Florida Statistics & Demographics
Estimated population (2011 U.S. Census data): 3.3 million
Stretching from Central Florida to the Space Coast, the Central Florida Region generates a significant portion of Florida’s technological advances and experienced fast economic growth in the last decade. The region’s well-educated workforce is more than 1.6 million strong. The region includes the MSAs of Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Orlando-Kissimmee and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville.
Innovation and creativity via the nation’s space program started our journey to a vibrant economy in the late 1950’s. Today, as part of Florida’s High Tech Corridor, the East Central region enjoys a diverse economy, with advanced security, aerospace, communications, digital media, electronics, life sciences, photonics, simulation and emerging technologies serving as core economic drivers.
Metro Orlando has the seventh largest research park in the U.S., Central Florida Research Park. Medical research is conducted in Orlando’s Lake Nona area with the University of Central Florida medical school, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute biomedical research facility and a new Veterans Administration hospital. These facilities, along with several research support companies, have led this research cluster to be referred to as Medical City.
Tourism is also large contributor to Central Florida’s economy.
Kennedy Space Center is a NASA facility. Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are military installations located on the Atlantic coast.
Major international airports include:
– Orlando International Airport
– Orlando Sanford International Airport
– Daytona Beach International Airport
– Melbourne International Airport
Port Canaveral, located in Cape Canaveral 45 minutes east of Orlando, is a cruise, cargo, and naval port. It is one of the busiest ports in Florida and is economically tied to Orlando. Future plans for the port include a rail and natural gas line running directly to Orlando International Airport.
Sources: Enterprise Florida, Wikipedia