City of Orlando

The City of Orlando is an international business center.

Downtown Orlando continues to attract new businesses, residents, and visitors. According to Urban Land Institute, Orlando is one of the top five markets to watch and is considered the best market for real estate investment (Forbes 2019).

A bustling downtown draws businesses of all types and is especially strong in its ability to attract corporate headquarters. Some of those that have selected downtown Orlando include Red Lobster, Radixx and American Safety Council.

The city's potential has only begun to be realized. Numerous major multi-use commercial projects are on the drawing board. An unprecedented level of office development is planned for downtown Orlando. But, downtown Orlando is more than just business. Ten public and private secondary schools, all noted for excellence and innovative teaching, bring schoolchildren of all socio-economic realms into our downtown on a daily basis.

Additionally, the 68-acre Creative Village, located on the site of the former Orlando Centroplex, will be a mixed-use redevelopment anchored by the nation’s newest urban campus, home to the University of Central Florida (UCF) Downtown and Valencia College Downtown. The new Downtown Campus at Creative Village is scheduled to open in August 2019 and will bring more than 8,000 students to the doorstep of the region’s emerging industries for a one-of-a-kind, immersive educational opportunity.

Currently, UCF’s Interactive Entertainment Academy’s (FIEA) state-of-the-art facilities and faculty train graduate-level game developers on an innovative campus in downtown, a program that is ranked fifth in the world. Florida A&M’s Law School opened in downtown Orlando in fall 2002. Florida State University’s Medical School has a regional campus in Delaney Park, just south of downtown, where third- and fourth-year medical students complete their training through involvement with two of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, both of which are also located in downtown Orlando.

Leading Employers

Company Number of Employees
AdventHealth *28,959
Universal Orlando (Comcast) 25,000
Orlando Health *19,032
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority 18,000
Parsons Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc. 10,000
Aircraft Service International 6,800
JP Morgan Chase Bank 3,053
City of Orlando 2,992
Mears Transportation Group 2,825
Lowes Hotels at Universal Orlando 2,756
SunTrust Banks 2,670
Holland and Knight LLP 2,326, Inc. 2,000
Bank of America 1,775
Nemours Children's Clinic - Orlando 1,258
Delta Airlines 1,191
OUC - The Reliable One 1,100
Cox Communications 1,097
AirTran Airways 1,000
BB&T - Branch Banking & Trust Co. 866
JetBlue Airways Corp. 788
LYNX 750
Massey Services, Inc. 708
Orlando Sentinel Media Group 594
CNL Financial Group 550
* includes employment outside the City of Orlando but within the Orlando MSA
Source: Direct Company Contact; Orlando Sentinel; Orlando Business Journal - January 2019

City of Orlando Contacts

City of Orlando
Mayor Buddy Dyer

City of Orlando Leadership

Sherry Gutch
Business Development Division Manager