Get FREE Business News Updates
Florida Trend
Business Florida
Home Welcome Choosing Florida Industries Regions Resources
December 22, 2014

Business Florida 2014 - The Regions

East Central Florida

Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Melbourne, Orlando, Titusville

| 9/27/2013

QUALITY OF LIFE

Higher education opportunites
East Central Florida is home base for many top-notch higher educational facilities, including:

• University of Central Florida, known for its patent portfolio and size (second largest public university in the U.S.)

• Valencia College, serving 70,000-plus students on five campuses and recipient of the first-ever Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in 2012

• Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida’s oldest college and No. 1 on U.S.News & World Report’s 2013 list of the nation’s "Best Regional Universities (South)."

• Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, the only independent technological university in the Southeast, is a Barron’s Guide "Best Buy" in college education

Eclectic housing options
Choose from weathered, tin-roofed bungalows in towns with colorful names like Yeehaw Junction and Holopaw, or brand new Colonials and Victorians in master-planned communities called Harmony and Celebration. One development in Lake County even offers a real Florida rarity — a full basement!

Hungry for hoagies?
No problem now that Wawa’s come to town. The popular Pennsylvania-based combination minimart-café-gas-station chain opened its first Florida outlet in Orlando in summer 2012 and plans 100 stores/3,500 new jobs across the state within five years.

NOTABLE EMPLOYERS

Aviation/Aerospace/Defense
• The Boeing Company Titusville
• Harris Corporation Melbourne
• Lockheed Martin Corporation Orlando
• Northrop Grumman Corporation Orlando and Melbourne
• Raytheon Company Orlando and Melbourne
• Siemens Orlando and Melbourne

Tourism/Hospitality
• American Automobile Association Heathrow
• Darden Restaurants Orlando
• SeaWorld Orlando
• Universal Studios Florida Orlando
• Walt Disney World Orlando

Healthcare
• Adventist Health System Orlando
• Orlando Health Orlando

NOTABLE ADDITIONS/EXPANSIONS

Energy
Siemens Energy plans to create a $7-million, 40,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art wind service training center near Orlando International Airport; as many as
2,400 wind-turbine workers from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and Brazil will train here annually.

Financial/Business Services
Construction has begun in Lake Mary on a four-story, 220,000-sq.-ft. finance center for Verizon Communications, scheduled to open in April 2014 and create 750 jobs by 2016.

Manufacturing
U.K.-based Kingspan Insulated Panels has designated its DeLand facility as the company’s new North American headquarters, adding 30 new jobs to an existing staff of 132.

Tags: Business Florida

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single ditgital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Terms of Use Privacy Policy  Indian Rocks Beach Post Office Celebrates 100 Years
Terms of Use Privacy Policy  Indian Rocks Beach Post Office Celebrates 100 Years

It cost a penny to mail a postcard when the Indian Rocks Post Office opened 100 years ago in December 1914 on a mainland dirt road leading to a ferry in the “Narrows.” 

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

Do you have more holiday shopping to do?

  • No, I am done
  • I am almost done
  • Yes, I have a good deal of shopping left to do, unfortunately!

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe