the birthplace of the

Experience Economy

Simulation-based technology has been a key ingredient to Orlando’s economy since it was first developed to take man to the moon. Now, the technology spans many of Orlando’s core industries and drives innovation in sectors from aviation, aerospace and defense to education, healthcare and even gaming.

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    $6B+ Annual Simulation-Related Contracts

    National Center for Simulation, 2019

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    UCF in Top 20 Most Innovative Universities

    U.S. News & World Report, 2017-2020

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    #1 for STEM Job Growth in the U.S.

    Forbes, 2018

Known for the companies we keep

Featured Simulation Technology Companies

80 percent of workers in Orlando are employed outside of the leisure and hospitality industry. We’re a little more high-tech than you might think.

Doghead Simulations

Launched by Call of Duty co-founder, Doghead Simulations helps distributed teams collaborate using virtual reality.

Doghead Simulations

Company: Doghead Simulations

Industry: Simulation

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Description: Launched by Call of Duty co-founder, Doghead Simulations helps distributed teams collaborate using virtual reality.

Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. EA develops and delivers games, content and online services…

Electronic Arts

Company: Electronic Arts

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Description: Located in Orlando, Electronic Arts Tiburon is one of Electronic Arts’ Worldwide Studio facilities and produces some of the top titles in the industry, including Madden NFL (a perennial top-three title in North America), Madden NFL Mobile (one of the industry’s top performing mobile games) and NBA LIVE and NBA LIVE Mobile.

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways Corporation is a major American low cost airline.

JetBlue Airways

Company: JetBlue Airways

Industry: Aviation and Airlines

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 1000-5000

Description: JetBlue Airways Corporation is a major American low cost airline.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Corporation is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company.

Lockheed Martin

Company: Lockheed Martin

Industry: Aerospace

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 5000-10000

Description: Lockheed Martin Corporation is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company.

Engineering & Computer Simulations

Engineering & Computer Simulations

Company: Engineering & Computer Simulations

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Description: Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) is a global training and technology solutions company, headquartered in Orlando.

SIMETRI

SIMETRI, Inc. is a woman-and-minority owned small business that develops creative, realistic technologies to fill or improve critical medical training…

SIMETRI

Company: SIMETRI

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Description: SIMETRI, Inc. is a woman-and-minority owned small business that develops creative, realistic technologies to fill or improve critical medical training gaps with cost-effective solutions based on sound training effectiveness evaluation.

Mass Virtual

Mass Virtual

Company: Mass Virtual

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Description: Mass Virtual helps organizations increase their level of experience by using virtual technologies to save money and time while enhancing human performance.

Leidos

Leidos is an American defense, aviation, information technology, and biomedical research company.

Leidos

Company: Leidos

Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense, Energy

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 500-1000

Description: Leidos is an American defense, aviation, information technology, and biomedical research company.

“There’s a lot of simulation expertise in the region that came out of the aerospace and defense realm. Orlando is the simulation center of competency….”

– Fram Akiki

VP of Electronics & Semiconductor Industry at Siemens

It’s a smart world

After All

Orlando universities offer specialized programs dedicated to preparing the workforce of the future.

Major Developments

It’s more than fun and games – there’s serious business happening here.

VA Medical Simulation Center: SimLearn

The Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) is the largest medical simulation center in the country. Serving the largest integrated health care system in the world, VHA’s SimLEARN provides an ever-growing body of curricula and best practices that improve health care for the nation’s veterans.

JetBlue University

Nearly every single one of 1,500 annual new hires train each year at the Orlando International Airport (MCO). JetBlue’s presense at MCO includes its Orlando Support Center, which houses JetBlueU – a simulation training facility for crew members – as well as The Lodge, a 196-room hotel for employees visiting the facility.

A Thriving Ecosystem

Industry Assets

Orlando’s established industry cluster has grown due to supportive R&D and funding partners like the annual I/ITSEC conference and the National Center for Simulation.

I/ITSEC

I/ITSEC is the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event held in Orlando every year.

National Center for Simulation (NCS)

The mission of NCS is to serve as the nation’s focal point and as a catalyst for the development, understanding, and advancement of simulation and related technologies; to improve defense readiness and facilitate space exploration; to support education and training initiatives; and to extend useful applications of simulation.

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Featured Properties

Orlando is a cost-effective location, whether you plan to build, buy or lease. 

Central Florida Research Park

The Central Florida Research Park is a campus-like environment for business, located adjacent to the University of Central Florida. Businesses that desire a “university relationship” can purchase land in the Research Park on which to construct a facility or can lease space for office, office/lab or light manufacturing uses.

Lake Nona

Home to the VHA’s program for simulation in health care training, the Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN), Lake Nona Medical City is a premier location for medical care, research and education.

Connect with a Subject Matter Expert

Get with touch with William Parsons, Director, Business Development | Advanced Manufacturing; Aviation, Aerospace & Defense, to learn more about how Orlando can support your talent and workforce needs.

Call him today: 407.902.2413

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