Orlando Economic Forum

The Orlando Economic Forum is an initiative of the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC). 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
AeroSonix, Inc.

Melanie Forbrick

Amy Gowder
Lockheed Martin

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
International Consortium of Advanced
Manufacturing Research (ICAMR)

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 EDC

Jacob Stuart
Central Florida Partnership

Rasesh Thakkar
Tavistock Group

Robert Utsey
Skanska USA Building Inc.
Chair, Orlando EDC

Rick Wassel
IQ Orlando

Vickie White
Florida Hospital 

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Orange County Major Teresa Jacobs kicked off 2017 with the fifth annual Orange County Economic Summit. The Summit presents a gauge of the current economic climate and forecast.

Dr. Sean Snaith, director of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Institute for Economic Competitiveness and chair of the Orlando EDC’s Orlando Economic Forum, presented a forecast for the local, state and national economy in 2017.

“In Central Florida, there's growth in all sectors. The pace of growth, compared to the state-wide averages, is much stronger,” Snaith said during his presentation. “We're growing faster than the state, than the national economy and not by a little bit, but by a great amount.”

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Orlando’s economy grew the most of any major metropolitan area in Florida in 2015, according to new GDP estimates released earlier this week.

Almost $7 billion was added to Orlando’s GDP between 2014 and 2015, bringing the value of all goods and services produced in the region to over $121 billion. That meant the region remained the 31st largest regional economy in the United States, and the third largest in Florida after Miami and Tampa at $318 billion and $134 billion, respectively. New York was again by far the nation’s largest economy at $1.6 trillion.

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