Orange County Government, Florida

About Orange County Government

Created in 1988 as one of the first county charter governments in Florida, Orange County is a “strong mayor” form of government, led by an elected, non-partisan Mayor who oversees the annual budget and sets Board agendas, and is served by six district-elected County Commissioners. Today, Orange County is home to more than 1.2 million residents, and welcomes more than 59 million visitors annually.

The County operates with an annual budget of more than $3.3 billion, with 80 divisions and 7,445 employees. Spanning more than 1,000 square miles, Orange County is home to the University of Central Florida - the second largest university in the nation - and is the number one, world-wide destination for tourism and travel, generating more than $187 in tourist development taxes.

Thirteen towns and cities are located within the county’s borders, including the cities of Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland and Apopka, as well as the historic town of Eatonville, the first incorporated African American municipality in the United States.

Under the leadership of Mayor Teresa Jacobs, county employees embrace a “neighbors serving neighbors” philosophy, with the shared values of fairness, integrity and character, excellence and innovation, professionalism and accountability serving as the platform for providing outstanding customer service to the taxpayers and citizens of Orange County.

About Orange County

Orange County’s dynamic economy is anchored by our strong tourism and hospitality sector, a robust Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) cluster, a thriving biotechnology and life science research hub, cutting-edge film and digital media training facilities, and exciting arts and cultural venues that offer endless leisure and entertainment possibilities.

The region’s MS&T sector and our strong life science and tech industries have already made a profound impact on the creation of high-wage and high-value jobs in Central Florida. The Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, are at the core of our simulation and training industry, contributing nearly $5 billion to Florida’s gross state product, nearly 30,000 high-tech jobs, with salaries averaging $70,000 per year. When combined, with indirect and induced jobs, the industry employs more than 60,000 citizens that call our region home.

Lake Nona Medical City and our life science sector also plays an significant role in the development of our economy creating nearly 30,000 jobs with $2.8 billion in annual wages, generating $460 million in annual tax revenue and spurring $7.6 billion in annual economic activity for the region.

Building upon the successes of our world-class theme parks and professional sports teams like the Orlando Magic, we continue to transform the future with Central Florida’s new commuter rail system, SunRail; the new SimLEARN National Simulation Center located on the campus of the new Orlando VA Medical Center; the opening of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts; and soon, a soccer-centric stadium that will house our new Major League Soccer team, the Orlando City Soccer Club.

Citing the region's median average salary and a 5.76 percent unemployment rate, Orange County's City of Orlando ranked No. 9 on Forbes' 2014 list of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. Additionally, recently ranked Orlando among its list of the "Most Promising Tech Hubs to Watch in 2014."

Whether you are a visitor, a resident or a business looking to grow or expand your footprint, Orange County provides a young and talented workforce; multi-modal access to destinations around the globe; a do-what-it-takes attitude; and year-round sunshine.

With 59 million visitors from around the world and a diverse population reaching more than 1.2 million citizens, the region offers extraordinary colleges and universities that provide unparallel undergraduate, graduate and doctoral program options.

Home to the second largest university in the nation, the University of Central Florida Technology Incubator has assisted 55 high tech start-ups over the past decade. Additionally, our Business Development Division offers a two hour workshop, free of charge, on how to do business with Orange County on the third Monday of each month at the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando.

Our mission is to serve the citizens of Orange County and our guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. We are committed to transparency, accountability and engaging our citizens in the decision making process to earn their trust and improve our quality of life. Orange County is truly the best place in the world to live, learn, work and raise a family.