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A Vision for Florida | Jeff Piersall

Business, Development

Attract, Retain And Grow “Put the entrepreneur at the center of economic development,” so says Dr. Tom O’Neal from the University of Central Florida Office of Research and Commercialization. This shouldn’t be such a hard concept to understand, but it can…

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Orlando: A Growing Hub for Global Trade

Business, Featured

Moving, Making, Multiplying By Shantel Hanna There is a conversation reaching a tipping point in economic development circles throughout the U.S. that the Orlando metro region is uniquely positioned for global impact. Mick Fleming, president of the Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives headquartered…

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Grow Your Own

Business, Management, Money

Balancing the Three Elements of Economic Development By Dave Cocchiarella Massive resources are committed by state and local governments to promote economic development. States spent nearly $8 billion in 2015 to improve their economic well-being, grow incomes and increase tax bases while creating and retaining jobs. That does…

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Tourism Matters

Business, Tourism

Exporting Smiles/Importing Dollars Orlando tourism numbers are up again. No surprise! More than 66 million visitors in 2015 with a $60 billion plus economic impact. More than 400,000 jobs, about 37 percent of all jobs in the region, sustained by…

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A Regional Vision

Business, Profiles, Publisher Profile

 A Regional Vision As we celebrate the 4th of July, usually with friends and family, afternoon picnics and evening fireworks, one can’t help but wonder if the founders, even in their wildest dreams, could foresee the nation that would arise…