Orange County

Diversified growth is the hallmark of Orange County.

Orange County is the region's most populous county and includes the City of Orlando, as well as twelve other incorporated cities. The county sits in the approximate center of the state, midway between Jacksonville and Miami. The St. Petersburg-Tampa area on the Gulf of Mexico and Daytona Beach on the Atlantic Ocean are easy drives. Two of the state's major highways, Interstate 4 (east-west) and the Florida Turnpike (north-south), intersect just outside Orlando.

Orange County is home to the second largest university in the nation (one of the top research universities), one of the top ten research parks in the country, one of only two National Entrepreneur Centers, a world-class international airport and an all new Medical City which includes the UCF College of Medicine that opened in 2009.

The county government guarantees fast-track permitting and actively seeks new contract vendors.

Leading Employers

Company Number of Employees
Walt Disney World Resort 74,000
Orange County Public Schools 22,347
Universal Orlando Resort 21,000
Adventist Health System/Florida Hospital 20,413
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority 18,000
Orlando Health 16,828
University of Central Florida 11,833
Orange County Government 6,874
Aircraft Service International 6,800
Darden Restaurants, Inc. 6,149
SeaWorld Orlando 6,032
Marriott International Inc. 5,635
Lockheed Martin 5,000
Siemens Energy 4,448
Westgate Resorts 3,992
Wyndham Worldwide 3,509
Valencia College 3,449
Rosen Hotels and Resorts International 3,264
Hilton Grand Vacations Club 3,078
JP Morgan Chase Bank 3,053
Wyndham Vacation Ownership 3,000
Charter Communications 3,000
Source: Direct Company Contact; Orlando Sentinel; Orlando Business Journal - July 2016

Orange County Contacts

Orange County
Mayor Teresa Jacobs

Orange County Leadership

Eric Ushkowitz
Economic Development Administrator