Why Greater Osceola?
In Central Florida, Osceola County is a piece of the state pie that has earned these favorable rankings in a wide array of business categories:
- Forbes ranked Orlando the top metro area for jobs in 2014. Orlando increased new jobs by 3.7 percent, more than twice the national average.
- Forbes also ranked Florida 5th in new job growth in 2014 (2.9 percent) and 4th among the Best States for Job Growth over the next 5 years (2.5 percent per year).
- Orlando International Airport is ranked in the top 10 U.S. airports for low fares. More than 30 airlines (with more than 375 flights per day) provide non-stop service to 75 domestic and 39 international cities.
- Florida was ranked the Number 1 state for innovation by Fast Company.
- In 2015, for the fourth year in a row, Chief Executive magazine ranked Florida number 2 Best State for Business.
- CNBC ranked the Florida workforce number 3 in the nation.
- Orlando is the second fastest growing metro area in the U.S. (CNN Money & US Census-2013).
- Osceola County is the fastest growing county in the Orlando metro area and 10th fastest growing in the U.S.
- Orlando is the 3rd most competitive U.S. location for business (KPMG Competitive Advantage Study – 2014).
- The 2015 Business Tax Climate Index (Tax Foundation) ranked Florida 5th best in the nation.
With no state personal income tax and as a “right-to-work” state, Florida, specifically Osceola County is the right choice for your business location.
Greater Osceola Knows Business
Osceola County is proud to be home to the international headquarters of Tupperware Brands Corporation. Other firms like Gatorade (PepsiCo), Mercury Marine, McLane-Suneast, Lowe’s (distribution), Omni ChampionsGate® Resort, Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, and ESPN Wide World of Sports (Disney) have also found profitable and productive homes in Greater Osceola.
As the frontier of Orlando’s development, Greater Osceola has land ready for building, a planned 180,000-acre mixed use development in the works, and a strategy for growth to 500,000 people by 2035. The opportunity for your business is aptly described in the fact that 52 percent of Osceola’s workforce currently leaves the county to work. In addition to keeping these workers in Osceola, you also have the ability to draw from the more than 2 million people in the Orlando area for your workforce.
Greater Osceola provides easy access to the Orlando International Airport, which is the third-largest origin and destination airport in the U.S.; two deep water ports; extensive highway networks that allow easy access to the Southern U.S., including I-4, Florida’s Turnpike, I-75 and I-95; and a Class 1 Railroad connecting through Kissimmee to Tampa and Jacksonville. SunRail, the region’s new commuter rail system, provides our workforce easy transit through Central Florida, and will be expanding with three new Osceola County stations to be completed by 2018.
Greater Osceola has honored its pro-business climate by offering fast track permitting and other cost saving services.
Living in Osceola County
In addition, living in this growing neighbor of Orlando offers a low cost of living and high quality of life. Excellent educational offerings await you in Greater Osceola beginning with top primary schools through highly specialized secondary schools and technical campuses to take your education further. Post-secondary education is available in Osceola County at Valencia College, an innovative leader in higher education named the nation’s top community college. Students may take advantage of the close proximity of the nation’s second largest university, the University of Central Florida, with over $122 million in annual research, a #3 ranking on the IEEE Patent Scorecard, and the nation’s number 1 incubator network (with a facility in downtown Kissimmee).
Cultural attractions are everywhere in Central Florida, from world renowned theme parks to a world-class performing arts center that hosts Broadway shows, the Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic and other performances. Orlando’s newly renovated Citrus Bowl is home to two college bowl games and various other types of entertainment year round. It’s a great city in which to be a sports fan too, serving as the home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic, MLS’s Orlando City Lions, ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears, University of Central Florida’s Knights, and AFL’s Orlando Predators. Greater Osceola is home to spring training for the Atlanta Braves and the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, the Florida Fire Frogs.
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From labor force development programs to the nation’s second largest university, Greater Osceola’s workforce is highly skilled and available to work.
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