2017 Orange County Economic Summit
Orange County welcomed a capacity crowd of more than 600 citizens to the 2017 Economic Summit at the Orange County Convention Center on Jan. 18, 2017. The highly anticipated local and state economic forecast, issued by nationally renowned economist Sean Snaith, Ph.D., director of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Institute for Economic Competitiveness, is the central highlight of the event.
Vernet Lasrado, Ph.D., assistant director for research at the University of Central Florida, provided insight and a presentation on the region’s extraordinary talent supply, which has attracted several high-profile business expansions to Orange County in 2016.
The Summit also featured a Workforce Development panel held focused on continued job growth and economic successes in Central Florida for the upcoming year. The panel was moderated by Pam Nabors, president and CEO of CareerSource Central Florida.
Panelists included Barbara Jenkins, Ed.D, superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, Thad Seymour, Ph.D, vice provost for UCF Downtown, Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, Ph.D., president of Valencia College and Crystal Sircy, executive vice president of the Orlando Economic Development Commission.
2016 Orange County Economic Summit
The 2016 Economic Summit featured Orange County's annual economic forecast by Sean Snaith, Ph.D., Director of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Economic Competitiveness as well as a competitive analysis of various aspects of our local economy by Rick Weddle, President of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.
The 2016 Orange County Economic Summit was held Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center’s new Tangerine Ballroom in the West Concourse at 8:30 a.m.
2015 Orange County Economic Summit
The 2015 Summit featured Orange County’s annual economic forecast by Sean Snaith, Ph.D., director of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Economic Competitiveness. The Chair of Global Practice at Greenberg Traurig Jim Bacchus and Manny Mencia, Senior Vice President at Enterprise Florida, also provided an international trade overview. Additionally, an update on the new regional brand for Orlando was delivered.
2014 Orange County Economic Summit
Orange County hosted the 2014 Orange County Economic Summit on January 21 to discuss the expanding economy, business related programs and the region’s new branding initiative. More than 500 people attended the free event, which was held at the Orange County Convention Center. Citizen engagement is critically important to Orange County and the Mayor.