Business and Economy

Orlando City has maintained a strong economy while much of the nation has struggled, due in part to the vibrant tourism industry; but the city has far more to offer. "Orlando is, frankly, the strongest economy in Florida. It has done a good job in the last 15 years to diversify away from tourism and toward the high-tech sector." William Fruth, Economist & President of Policom Corporation. Orlando Business Journal, Nov/Dec 2004.

With big and small businesses moving in and growing, the city has developed a wide range of support services, including the Orlando Downtown Development Board, whose mission is to strengthen the role of Downtown Orlando as the economic, governmental and cultural center of Central Florida.

Downtown Orlando business district Downtown Orlando business district

Alongside the Downtown Arts District, the Downtown Orlando Foundation, the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Orlando Partnership and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Committee all work together to strengthen networks and build a lasting sense of community. "My overall vision of downtown Orlando is one of significant growth, primarily in the residential and retail areas. I believe Orlando will become one of the major urban areas in the southeast." Mike Spiker, Managing Director, Euro American Advisors. Downtown Orlando Leader, Sept 2004.

Largest employers

  • Adventist Health System
  • BellSouth Communications
  • CNL Financial Group
  • Dynetech Corporation
  • Holland & Knight
  • Hughes Supply
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Lowndes, Drosdick Law
  • Orlando Regional Heathcare System
  • Orlando Sentinel Communications
  • Publix
  • Universal Orlando
  • Walt Disney World