Economic yearbook 2011
Orlando and Orange County are forecast to lead the state's recovery in many ways, but deep cuts in government spending and ongoing real estate woes are weighing on the four-county metro area.
ORANGE COUNTY GOALS
Lead a regional effort to develop commuter rail.
Foster job growth countywide in specific industries such as trade, tourism, healthcare and "clean technology."
Boost government accountability by improving the county's ethics laws and implementing whistle-blower protection.
|MSA||DEC. 2010||DEC 2009||% Change||Jobless Rate|
|Orlando/ Kissimmee/ Sanford||996,660
|Source: Agency for Workforce Innovation
|Homes Single-family, existing-home sales by Realtors|
|MSA||Jan. 2011 Sales||1-Year Change||Jan. 2011 Price||1-Year Change|
||+5%||$119,700||-3%||Source: Florida Realtors|
|Orange Population: 1,116,679|
|Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 1.17%|
|Population by Age:|
|Per Capita Income: $35,738|
Roger Oxendale, CEO of Nemours Children's Hospital (above) at the $1.3-billion "Medical City" mega-project under construction at Lake Nona in southeast Orlando. It is "one of the most important developments" in the state in 2011, says Sean Snaith, director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the University of Central Florida. With the UCF medical school, VA hospital, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Nemours Children's Hospital and science and technology businesses under way or planned, the local cluster's job creation and pay scale benefits will ripple through the region and along the Space Coast. [Photo: Brook Pifer]