The Nation’s most visited destination
is also the most
You may know about Orlando’s fun-side. But you probably don’t know about it’s tech-side as the nation’s top metro for STEM job growth. Driven by a superior quality of life, passionate creative culture and high value cost of operation, Orlando’s dynamic technology industry continues to propel the innovative economy.
#1 for STEM Job Growth in the U.S.
The 68-Acre Creative Village Supports A High Tech Cluster In Orlando’s Downtown Core
UCF in Top 20 Most Innovative Universities
U.S. News & World Report, 2017-2020
It’s a Smart world
Orlando boasts a young, well-educated and diverse workforce with more than 2 million people. With an annual population growth rate of 2.3 percent and labor force growth rate of 3.5 percent, Orlando is among the nation’s fastest-growing population and employment markets, ensuring a strong and stable labor pool for well into the future.
2,823 Software Engineers Graduated in Orlando
3.5% Annual Labor Force Growth Rate
U.S. Census Bureau , 2019
1,500+ People Per Week Added to the Population
U.S. Census Bureau, 2017
The theme here is
Orlando is anchored by a university built to help the United States win the space race, now known as the University of Central Florida (UCF). With a history in space exploration, Orlando universities have a long track record of graduating the best and brightest, high tech workforce.
The Digital Animation & Visual Effects (DAVE) School
Located on the backlot of Universal Orlando, the DAVE school produces skilled graduates in the fields of digital entertainment and interactive media.
Full Sail University
Full Sail’s focuses on real-world industry experience and creative problem solving, with degrees ranging from entertainment business to simulation.
Lake-Sumter State College
Lake-Sumter offers degrees in Information Technology and Management Technology.
Lake Technical College
With a 88% completion rate, Lake Technical College offers programs including welding technology, IT, and automotive technology.
Orange Technical College
Utilizes 3D animation and game engine technology to create realistic simulations used in the modeling, simulation and training industries.
Seminole State College of Florida
Programs including IT, Information Systems Technology, Engineering Technology and Computing and Telecom Services.
University of Central Florida (UCF)
Founded as Florida Technological University to support the U.S. space program, UCF continues its original focus on engineering and technology.
Programs include IT, Computer IT, and Engineering and Technology.
It’s more than fun and games here – these companies mean business.
EA Tiburon Moves to Downtown
Electronic Arts Tiburon announced the construction of a new 180,000-square-foot studio in the heart of downtown Orlando.
CentralSquare Expansion Adds 240 High-Wage Hires
Headquartered in Lake Mary in the Orlando region, CentralSquare announced the addition of more than 240 new hires focused in development, professional services and sales to support its recent expansion.
BUILD OR RENT YOUR CASTLE
Orlando is a cost-effective location, whether you plan to build, buy or lease.
An Ecosystem of Support
Orlando’s tech community is enthusiastic about partnership and collaboration.
UCF Coding Boot Camp
UCF coding boot camps get students ready with the in-demand skills they need to advance or start a career in coding, data analytics, or digital marketing.
StarterStudio is a pioneering hub for innovative and tech-enabled entrepreneurs that empowers and provides resources for entrepreneurs, creatives, and innovators to begin, grow, and flourish in Florida. Through community education programs, accelerators, funding, and collaborative work spaces, StarterStudio fosters a community—serving as a platform for the ideas of the future.
Florida High Tech Corridor Council
The Florida High Tech Corridor Council (The Corridor) is a partnership between industry and educators from USF, UCF and UF that is focused on attracting, retaining and growing high tech industry and the workforce to support it. The Corridor provides the Matching Grants Research Program, which has generated more than $1 billion in economic impact.
Orlando Tech Council
The Orlando Tech Council is comprised of private industry, resource organizations and public partners that work to develop new programs with the core objectives: strengthen the Orlando region’s innovation resources, create new opportunities for companies to scale, and to amplify the region’s success stories, raising the global profile of Orlando as a leading community for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Connect with a Subject Matter Expert
Get with touch with Amy Dinsmore, Senior Director, Business Development | Innovative Technologies, to learn more about how Orlando can support your talent and workforce needs.
Call her today: 407.902.2442
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