Foreign Direct Investment

Strong connections to established industry sectors, a specialized workforce and easy market access are just some of the reasons why international businesses thrive in the Orlando region. From Germany’s Siemens Energy to Japan’s Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems to Israel’s Mazor Robotics and the United Kingdom’s Signature Flight Support, Orlando’s international connections are strong, complete with global ties from almost every continent.

Why Orlando?

Strong talent pipeline. Strong talent pipeline. Orlando’s labor pool of more than 1.2 million people is well prepared to meet the needs of any employer. Orlando also has plentiful talent with more than 500,000 students within a 100-mile radius helping to make Florida rank among the top 10 states in the nation for talent pipeline (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Enterprising States, 2014).

Top-ranked infrastructure. Named among the Top 10 large cities in the U.S. for infrastructure (fDi Magazine, 2015), Orlando has perfected the art of getting to and from here with 68 million visitors per year and more than $10 billion in planned or current improvements underway.

Variety of real estate options. Orlando offers a diverse array of commercial and industrial real estate choices giving companies any option they can dream up.

Great environment for business. Named the 2nd most competitive market for business in the U.S. by KPMG, Orlando is in a state that is both right-to-work and with no personal income tax. Orlando also offers a business-friendly climate complete with competitive incentives and unique opportunities for partnership and collaboration.

Unbeatable quality of life. The region provides a rich lifestyle for residents through cultural opportunities, arts, fashion, music, amateur and professional sports, favorable weather and abundant recreational activities.


 #1 in the U.S. for job and population growth in 2016 & 2015 // U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

2nd most competitive business location among large U.S. cities // KPMG, 2016

4th best state in the U.S. for business tax climate // Tax Foundation, 2015

Top 10 "American City of the Future" in 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014 // fDi Magazine

World’s First Industry-Led Smart Sensor Consortium // International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research (ICAMR)

Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) Services

The Partnership works directly with international companies looking to expand into the United States and offers global business assistance, market intelligence and site selection services.
  • Coordination of counseling sessions on visa/immigration issues, tax laws and corporate structure with professionals in these areas.
  • Recommendations for professionals for business service providers including payroll preparation and employee benefits.
  • Assistance in locating qualified labor and connection to workforce agencies.
  • Referrals to residential housing realtors.
  • Preparation of customized data and reports to meet the needs of each client.
  • Identification of property sites that meet project-specific requirements, including transportation.

International Resources

The Partnership works in partnership with international organizations in the region, including:
  • Central Florida International Business Task Force 
  • Central Florida International Trade Office at the National Entrepreneur Center
  • Consulate Offices – Austria, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Haiti, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, Namibia, The Netherlands, Samoa, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Spain, Switzerland
  • District Export Council
  • World Trade Center Orlando
  • 20+ chambers of commerce representing international countries and cultures – including the African American Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando
  • 50+ international trade and business associations