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October 21, 2018

Business Florida 2018 - The Regions

Breaking New Ground

| 9/22/2017

East Central


Life Sciences/Health Care

ORLANDO U.S. News & World Report ranked Orlando Health’s Arnold Palmer Medical Center among the nation’s top 50 “Best Children’s Hospitals 2017-18” in diabetes and endocrinology, cardiology and heart surgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

LONGWOOD Medical IT services provider CompuTech City broke ground in March 2017 on a 10,000-sq.-ft. headquarters in Seminole County. The firm, which provides network security, billing, cloud-hosting, HIPAA compliance, project management and other IT solutions for more than 600 medical industry clients, will add 35 jobs.

ORANGE CITY Florida Hospital Fish Memorial will grow its footprint here by more than 180,000 square feet with the addition of ER beds and a new four-story patient tower for enhanced cardiac, intensive care and surgical services. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018.

CAPE CANAVERAL Comprehensive Health Services Inc. will move into a 63,000-sq.-ft. facility by the end of 2017 as it shifts operations from Virginia to its Brevard County headquarters and creates 150 jobs. The medical management services provider established its first Florida office in 1999.

MELBOURNE Eastern Florida State College has opened a Health Sciences Institute, offering programs leading to degrees and/or certificates in nursing, surgical technology, radiography, dental hygiene, medical coding, phlebotomy and more.

TAVARES An expansion now underway at Florida Hospital Waterman in Lake County will more than double the size of the facility’s emergency department and add a four-story patient tower to accommodate a women’s and children’s unit, plus two floors set aside for future growth. Scheduled completion: July 2019.

LAKE MARY Orlando Health will begin construction in late 2017 on a free-standing emergency department and medical pavilion in Seminole County. Anticipated opening: fall 2018.

Key Players

Adventist Health System /Florida Hospital | Orlando
Orlando Health | Orlando
Osceola Regional Medical Center | Kissimmee

Florida Hospital’s Nicholson Center in Celebration attracts more than 50,000 health care professionals from the U.S. and abroad each year for medical meetings, conferences and hands-on training. In addition to a 500-seat auditorium with a customizable video wall, Nicholson offers training in 50 surgical skills stations and two operating rooms that closely emulate real-world experiences.



BREVARD COUNTY Florida Power & Light (FPL) expects to begin generating 74.5 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 15,000 homes — from its new Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center in March 2018. One of eight solar plants FPL is scheduled to open across Florida by spring 2018, Barefoot Bay will require neither water nor staff to operate. FPL’s first solar facility in Brevard County — the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center at Kennedy Space Center — has been operational since 2010.

ORLANDO The Orlando Utilities Commission will add a second solar farm at its Stanton Energy Center in East Orlando before the end of 2017, providing enough solar output to power 2,000+ homes.

Key Players

Florida Power & Light | Juno Beach
Orlando Utilities Commission | Orlando



ORANGE COUNTY Amazon will open an 850,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center near Orlando International Airport in 2018 and expects to create 1,500 full-time jobs.

ORLANDO ABC Supply Company has purchased warehouse space in three Orlando buildings from which it will distribute roofing and other building materials.

GROVELAND Samsung relocated its appliance division’s southeast distribution headquarters to a 700,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Lake County to take advantage of the mid-state location and proximity to Florida’s Turnpike.

PORT CANAVERAL In 2016, Canaveral Port Authority completed $137 million in projects, including renovations to increase passenger capacity at three cruise terminals. The port invested $44 million to widen and deepen the harbor and $15.2 million on improvements to cargo terminals. With 4.2 million passengers in 2016, Port Canaveral is the second-busiest cruise port in the world.

SANFORD Orlando Sanford International Airport will add its first hotel on property in 2018 – a Hampton Inn by Hilton. In 2016, the airport handled more than 2.5 million passengers, an 11% increase over 2015.

Orlando International Airport continues work on a parking garage, remote check-in facilities and a station to eventually accommodate SunRail commuter trains and Brightline, the fast passenger train under development between Orlando and Miami. A $1.8-billion terminal will add at least 16 gates by 2020. Orlando International handled a record 41.5 million passengers in 2015, 10% more than the previous year.

Key Players

American Automobile Association | Heathrow
JetBlue Support Center | Orlando
Total Quality Logistics | Daytona Beach

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