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2017 Economic Summit

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs welcomed a capacity crowd of more than 600 citizens to the 2017 Economic Summit at the Orange County Convention Center on Jan. 18, 2017.

Now in its fifth year, the Economic Summit is hosted annually by Mayor Jacobs and provides a barometer on growing business sectors and regional economic successes. 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.

The Summit’s panel of notable workforce experts also offered their perspective on how local certification programs can open doors to a multitude of opportunities for those seeking job training and technical skills outside the traditional four-year degree.

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.

The 2017 Orange County Economic Summit is made possible with the help of our sponsors Florida Hospital, Florida High Tech Corridor, Orlando Economic Development Commission, CareerSource Central Florida, Valencia College, Orange Technical College, Orlando Regional Realtor Association, Duke Energy, JP Morgan Chase, Tetra Tech, and University of Central Florida.


Economic Outlook Presentation: Sean Snaith, Ph.D., director of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Economic Competitiveness.

Talent Supply for the 21st Century - Gaining a Regional Competitive Advantage: Vernet Lasrado, PH.D., Assistant Director of Research Programs for the University of Central Florida's Office of Research and Commercialization.

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Economic Summit History

Mayor Jacobs’ annual Economic Summit was launched in 2013 following a series of nine economic and job summits designed to examine the area’s varied needs. Those meetings, held in 2011 and 2012, focused on key geographic regions and industries such as life sciences, clean technology and international trade.

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Orange County Office of Economic Development
Orange County Government Administration Center
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 5th Floor
Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: (407) 836-7370
Fax: (407) 836-7399