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The Greater Orlando Economic Development Group presentation to Brazilian Investors. Outlines advantages and benefits to entrepreneurial investment within the Greater Orlando area.


  • 1.Where Industry Leaders Come To Meet Presented To The Rio de Janeiro Commercial Association By

2. Agenda Who We Are Services Provided Metro Orlando Region Strategic Position / Access Industry Clusters Work Force / Education Quality / Cost of Life Why Orlando? 3. Who We Are Strategic Partnership of Experienced International Experts DAVNA Enterprises, LLC International Partnership Broker specializing in strategic international expansion. President Danna Olivo brings more than 30 years of Business Development/Marketing experience in the Technology, Transportation, Architectural, Engineering and Construction Industry sectors. CZA, LLC Carmenza Gonzalez, former VP of International Business with the Metro Orlando Economic Development Council. Carmenza brings more than 10 years of experience in foreign direct investment, export promotions initiatives, sales and marketing. 4. What We Do Provide guidance to companys interested in establishing a presence in Central Florida. Promote the Central Florida region globally as an optimal business destination. Entice Foreign Direct Investment to the region. Help local companies to grow in the USA and Internationally Provide export counseling to companies interested in entering other markets. 5. Our Mission To assist companies to grow through international trade and attract foreign direct investment to Central Florida 6. Services Provided To International Firms Customized information on specific industries Competitive site analysis Site selection assistance Assistance in locating qualified labor Logistical Service/Product Coordination Coordinate counseling sessions on visa/immigration issues, tax laws and corporate structure Referral of professionals for payroll preparation, employee benefits, insurance, and other business service providers Referral and assistance on relocation matters 7. Greater Orlando Area City of Orlando Orange County Seminole County Lake County Osceola County Orland o 238,300 1,108,882 442,600 293,500 280,300 Consist of four counties and the City of Orlando. Orlando is the 79th largest city in the USA Total population in MSA 2,125,282 million Total population in Florida 18,537,969 million 8. Orlandos International Community Consular Corps: 17 Bi-national Chambers of Commerce: 24 International Organizations: 36 Sister City Agreements: 9 Curitiba, Brazil | Guilin, China | Seine-et-Marne, France Reykjanesbaer, Iceland | Uruyasu, Japan | Monterrey, Mexico Orenburg, Russia | Valladolid, Spain |Tainan, Taiwan 9. Strategically Positioned. . . Orlandos central location in the State of Florida provides easy access to the entire State through a well organized transportation network Florida Turnpike (Connecting Central FL and South FL) Interstate 4(Connecting Central FL and Tampa) SR 417 (Central FL East-West Connection) SR 528 (Connecting Central FL to East Coast-Melbourne) Interstate 75 (Floridas Western North-South Highway) Interstate 95 (Floridas Eastern North-South Highway) SunRail Commuter Rail (Connecting Central FL communities) 10. Easy Access 11. Orlando International Airport (MCO) Largest airport in Florida. 33+ million annual passengers ranking it the #2 airport in the State of Florida. #11 busiest airport in the nation, #22 in the world. Has the most acreage available for expansion on the East Coast. 950 flights per day. (Source: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, 2010) 12. Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) Located in Seminole County approximately 18 miles north of City of Orlando. 3rd most active international airport in Florida; 13th in the nation. Four paved runways ranging from 3,750 to 9,600 feet long. More than 1.1 million passengers served in 2010. 3,555 tons of cargo in 2010 Foreign Trade Zone No. 250. 395-acre Sanford Airport Commerce Park with rail service available in its western sector. Foreign Trade Zone. 13. Port Canaveral The only Quadra-modal port in the world, interchanging cargo among sea, land, air, & space. One of the largest multi-day cruise ports in the USA. Serving six major cruise organizations, including Disney Cruises, and to 4.1 million passengers. Cruise, cargo facilities and public access parks. Transports over 4.5 million tons of cargo annually. 14. Port of Tampa Floridas largest port at 5,000 acres. Located only 90 minutes west from downtown Orlando. Provides the closest full-service port to the Panama Canal. One of the world-premier ports for the shipment of fertilizer products Foreign-Trade Zone. 15. Sun Rail Central Florida Regional Commuter Train 61 miles of rail in the four counties around Metro Orlando: Osceola, Orange, Seminole, & Volusia. Phase I: First 31 miles connecting Orlando with DeBary to the North 12 stations Service to begin in 2013 Phase II: Last 30 miles connecting Orlando with Poinciana to the South. 5 additional stations. Service scheduled to begin on early 2015. 16. Orlando / Orange County Convention Center First convention center in the USA with solar energy - Southeasts largest rooftop photovoltaic system. Over 2.2 million square feet of exhibition space. 2nd largest convention and meeting center in USA. 1st convention destination in the USA Holds more than 250 events annually. 17. Industry Clusters Aerospace and Aviation Bio-Tech & Life Science Digital Media Clean Tech Modeling, Simulation & Training and Defense Optics & Photonics Software Development 18. Aerospace and Aviation Developed over the past 60 years from a collection of military installations and small airstrips to a hub for global commercial air travel, advanced flight training, air defense projects, and space exploration. Industry Anchors: Orlando International Airport (OIA-MCO) Orlando Sanford International Airport Lockheed Martin Modeling, Simulation &Training Cluster 19. Medical City at Lake Nona UCF School of Medicine 1st class of 41 students started in August 2009 Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Central Florida Sanford-Burnham Institute of medical research inaugurated in October 2009. Veterans Affairs Hospital Scheduled to open in 2012. Nemours Hospital Childrens Hospital, scheduled to open in 2012. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando research institute. University of Florida Research labs and conference space. Construction to be completed in February 2012 20. Digital Media 3rd largest production center in the US Educational support: University of Central Florida/Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) Full Sail University Over 12,000 students from 50 states and 37 countries Electronic Arts worlds leading independent developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software (Madden Football) Disney and Universal Studios 21. Orlandos Creative Village A place where high-tech, digital media and creative industry companies integrate with residential, retail, and academia. Planned to break ground in 2012. The Village is estimated to house: approximately 3,600 employees sustain the 53-acre Centroplex site. Industries Attracted Include Software & Hardware Middleware Entertainment Education Medical Simulation Special effects Digital art Computer graphics Animated film Digital broadcasting & documentations Pre & post-production 22. Modeling, Simulation & Training and Defense Companies involved in everything from theme park rides to virtual reality games to medical training, and more Located in Central Florida Research Park National Center for Simulation Employs over 19,000 people from 150 companies U.S. Department of Defense Training System Procurement Office Every U.S. Military branch has an installation in Orlando US Coast Guard, US Marine, USA Navy (NavAir), US Army Program 23. Strong Workforce 607,906 241,343 137,667 139,954 0 100,000 200,000 300,000 400,000 500,000 600,000 700,000 Source: Agency for Workforce Innovation, LAUS - Oct 10 OSCEOLA ORANGE SEMINOLE LAKE 24. Workforce / Industry Sector Source: Agency for Workforce Innovation, CES, September 2010 25. Education University of Central Florida (UCF) 3rd largest university in the U.S. Ranked Engineering College ranked #1 Nationally Over 55,000 students enrolled Ranked in top 5 technology incubator in the USA by Business Week Online. Rollins College #1 Private University in the South Ranked #1 in Florida and #37 in the US for full-time MBA program. Ranked 1st in the Southeast for Masters level Universities. 26. Education Full Sail University Nationally recognized college focusing on the entertainment mediums including music, film, gaming, animation and design. With over 9,000 students from 50 U.S. states and 37 countries. Community/State Colleges Lake Sumter Community College Lake Technical Center Seminole State College of Florida Valencia State College 27. Cost of Living Median Home Price $125,600 National: $171,900 Source: National Association of Realtors, 2nd Quarter 2011 Cost of Living / Housing Cost Index (U.S. index of 100%) COST OF LIVING Composite Index Grocery Housing Miami, FL 104.6 | 104.1 | 106.5 New York, NY 220.8 | 143.2 | 416.0 ORLANDO, FL 96.9 | 98.2 | 77.9 Source: C2ER The Council for Community of Economic Research (formerly ACCRA) - 2nd Quarter 2011 28. Quality of Life Year-round Easy access to beaches on both coasts Cultural Activities Sporting Events Theme Parks 29. Amway Center Performing Arts Center Citrus Bowl Community Venues Stronger Community Revitalizing neighborhoods and encouraging new retail growth. Educational opportunities for our Children field trips or cultural experiences. A Better Quality of Life offer residents new places to come together and enjoy events currently bypassing Orlando such as U2 and Rolling Stones concerts and popular Broadway productions. Opened October 2010 Breaking ground 2012 30. Why Greater Orlando? DIVERSE INDUSTRY Metro Orl