New high-tech firm expands to Orlando

Filed in: City of Orlando , Economic Development Projects , General News , Jobs , Orange County , Projects

agilt thought.jpgEDC President and CEO Rick Weddle joined Governor Rick Scott, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and leaders from AgileThought during the company's grand opening of its downtown Orlando office this month.

Founded in 2004, AgileThought is a national provider of mobile and custom software solutions for Fortune 1000 companies and was recently honored as one of Fortune magazine's "Great Places to Work."

The company is expanding from its headquarters in Tampa and adding 15 jobs in its Orlando office over the next three years.

"AgileThought's expansion is another example of Orlando's growing Advanced Technologies industry," Weddle said. "Companies like AgileThought are hungry for our ever-expanding, highly skilled workforce, and they recognize Orlando as a hub of innovation and a place where they can make a difference in their field."

March 27, 2014

Orlando-based manufacturer adds 126 jobs

Filed in: Economic Development Projects , General News , Headquarters , Orange County , Projects

hw_ASV.jpgOrlando-headquartered company Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) received a visit from Gov. Rick Scott, the Orlando EDC and local leaders this month when it announced its expansion at U.S. Ambulance Corporation in Winter Park. The new facility will be the largest single site for manufacturing ambulances and rescue vehicles in the world.

ASV began expanding its Winter Park operation in 2011 from its original name of Wheeled Coach Industries. This latest expansion phase is due to its recent acquisition of two additional ambulance brands and will create 126 new jobs, retain 473 existing jobs and create additional capital investment in excess of $2 million.

"We are pleased that ASV will be expanding its valuable manufacturing service in Winter Park to make it the largest of its kind. ASV's decision to expand its facility reinforces our region's position as a leading center for advanced manufacturing and will help to drive our prominence in the research and design of life-saving products," said EDC President and CEO Rick Weddle.

Read more about the expansion>>

March 27, 2014

Super Bowl Commercial Filmed in Orlando

Filed in: Economic Development Projects , Film , General News , Orange County , Why Orlando?

One of Budweiser's star Super Bowl commercials was filmed right here in Orlando, and we'd love to share it with you before it airs on national television this Sunday.

Together with HSI Productions and City of Winter Park, the Metro Orlando Film Commission coordinated several weeks of logistics for this intense one-day shoot, featuring a parade for a returning vet, his family, neighbors - and of course the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Originally scheduled as a 30-second commercial, Budweiser decided to double its airtime and will use "A Hero's Welcome" commercial to launch a national campaign honoring U.S. military. Today, the Orlando Sentinel called it "stunning."

We're a draw for big-name brands because of our abundant talent, great locations and amazing weather year round and step-by-step assistance for easy permitting.

January 31, 2014

National recognition, new MLS team, new sculpture walk

Filed in: Trends

This has been a busy week for Orlando with national recognition CNBC (focusing on the region's comeback), USA Today (changing foodies' view of the city), the announcement that Orlando City Soccer is the newest MLS franchise and See Art Orlando (a new sculpture walk in downtown Orlando).

November 22, 2013

CNBC: Orlando making a comeback

Filed in: Trends , Biotech / Life science , City of Orlando , Digital Media

A new story on CNBC calls Orlando a 'turnaround town' and states that the city is making a comeback. The story states that the city has "used the downturn as an opportunity to strengthen the resilience" of the economy and promote future growth.

The reasons? The story cites Orlando's industry clusters in digital media and life sciences including mentions about the upcoming Creative Village project, presence of Electronic Arts in the region, the University of Central Florida's Center for Emerging Media and Tavistock Group's Lake Nona Medical City.

Read the story here.

November 21, 2013

Siemens opens new wind turbine training facility in Orlando

Filed in: City of Orlando , Economic Development Projects , General News , Innovative Companies , Jobs

DSC05941.JPGFlorida Governor Rick Scott and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer helped EDC Board Member Randy Zwirn, president and CEO of Siemens Energy, open their new state-of-the-art wind turbine training facility in Orlando this week.

The facility employs 50 new workers and resulted in a $7 million capital investment in the region. The new training center supports Siemens' growth strategy in the U.S. and is the only facility of its kind in the United States (and only one of four in the world). The center is a 40,000 square foot simulated learning environment created to train 2,400 technicians a year who work on wind turbines to provide service and maintenance to ensure the turbines operate at peak production, availability and reliability.

Pictured (L-R): Rick Weddle, president and CEO of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission; Florida Governor Rick Scott; Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer; Randy Zwirn, president and CEO of Siemens Energy

September 20, 2013

National Air Cargo relocates its headquarters to Orlando

Filed in: City of Orlando , Economic Development Projects , General News , Headquarters , Orange County , Projects

Florida Governor Rick Scott recently announced that global cargo logistics provider, National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary National Airlines has relocated its headquarters from Michigan to Orlando. With the move, the company has located to space near Orlando International Airport and plans to create up to 105 new jobs over the next two years and make a capital investment of $875,000 in the region.

"We considered a number of cities when looking to move," said Glen Joerger, president of National Airlines. "Orlando was the best in every measure."

This move adds to Orlando's already strong aviation, aerospace and defense industry, which was attractive to the company.

This project was made possible by the strong partnerships between the City of Orlando, Orange County, the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Enterprise Florida, the Department of Economic Opportunity and Workforce Florida.

September 9, 2013

Innovative organizations selected for EDC's Schwartz Awards

Filed in: Events , General News

Each year, the EDC recognizes organizations that have had a significant impact on the region and in their respective fields for innovative practices, products and/or ideas with the William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Awards. Named in honor of the late William C. Schwartz, an avid community leader in Orlando, business pioneer and innovator within the field of optics and photonics, the annual awards program honors recipients from each of the counties served by the EDC - Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties - and from the City of Orlando. In addition, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council presents an award for innovation.

The recipients of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission's 2013 William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Awards include:

  • Employment Technologies Corp. - (Orange County) leader in simulation technology for pre-employment testing.
  • Quality Manufacturing Services, Inc. (QMS) - (Seminole County) electronics manufacturing service for the defense, aerospace, automotive, simulation, medical and infrastructure industries.
  • Vista Clinical Diagnostics - (Lake County) mobile healthcare testing for homebound patients.
  • Osceola County Community Development Department/Document Management Office - (Osceola County) streamlined permitting and planning process electronically.
  • Garmor - (City of Orlando) advanced materials company founded by a UCF professor who developed a proprietary method for making graphene, an element with the potential to transform manufacturing.
  • Intelligent Decisions - (Florida High Tech Corridor Council) an IT solutions provider to the civilian, defense and intelligence communities.

The winners will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, September 26 at Full Sail LIVE from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Click here to register now.

September 9, 2013

Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. to bring 225 new jobs to Orlando

Filed in: Economic Development Projects , General News , Orange County

Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., a provider of innovative, technology-enabled claims and productivity management solutions, will create up to 225 new jobs over the next three years. The Memphis-based company will open a 30,000-square-foot call center in Orlando and make a $1.29 million capital investment in Orange County, Fla.
"Orlando is a leader in the business services industry, so we were confident we would be able to find talented colleagues with the right skill sets in this area. Our decision to locate here was fairly easy," said Charles Cooper, senior vice president, service center operations, Sedgwick.

"We are proud that Sedgwick has decided to expand their operations in the Orlando region," said Rick Weddle, president and CEO of the Metro Orlando EDC. "Since they have another facility located in Lake Mary, they were already familiar with the talented workforce and educational assets in the region."

The Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) provided the company with community and incentive information, employer reviews and local contacts for labor and training and contact center associations.

The new facility will be located in east Orlando.


About Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. is the leading North American provider of innovative claims and productivity management solutions. Sedgwick and its affiliated companies deliver cost-effective claims, productivity, managed care, risk consulting, and other services to clients through the expertise of more than 10,000 colleagues in 195 offices located in the U.S. and Canada. The company specializes in workers' compensation; disability, FMLA, and other employee absence; managed care; general, automobile, and professional liability; warranty and credit card claims services; fraud and investigation; structured settlements; and Medicare compliance solutions. Sedgwick and its affiliates design and implement customized programs based on proven practices and advanced technology that exceed client expectations. For eight years in a row, Sedgwick has been awarded the distinguished Employer of Choice® certification, the only third-party administrator (TPA) to receive this designation. In 2011 and 2012, the company was named the Best Overall Large Account TPA by buyers of risk services through an independent survey conducted by Business Insurance. For more, see

About the Metro Orlando EDC
The Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) is a not-for-profit, private/public partnership. The EDC serves Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties and the City of Orlando in Florida. Since its start in 1977, the EDC, with the support of its community partners, has assisted thousands of companies relocate, expand and grow in the four-county Metro Orlando (Florida) region. This has led to the creation of more than 173,000 jobs; over $9.4 billion in capital investment; and more than 78.8 million square feet of office and industrial space leased or constructed. For more information, visit


August 1, 2013

Ribbon cutting marks Digital Risk's expansion in Seminole County

Filed in: Economic Development Projects , General News , Headquarters , Seminole County

Digital Risk, a mortgage risk assessment software company headquartered in Maitland, has expanded its Florida footprint with the addition of a 50,000-square-foot Lake Mary office.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony held on Wednesday, June 26, Digital Risk CEO, Peter Kassabov, expressed his excitement to be in Lake Mary. Kassabov thanked his staff, officials from the City of Lake Mary and Seminole County, the EDC and the Seminole County Regional Chamber for their support and assistance during this expedited expansion process. Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor was present to share the city's support in the expansion of Digital Risk.

The expansion means the creation of 600 mortgage-related jobs over the next five years for Metro Orlando's economy.

July 29, 2013

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