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Rise of Orlando: Startups Take Center Stage

Posted by Justin Braun on Apr 2, 2019 11:33:39 AM

Following the announcement that the Rise of the Rest Road Trip will kick off its eighth annual tour in Orlando, regional entrepreneurs submitted 152 pitches for the competition. Today, the Rise of the Rest investment team announced eight regional startups as finalists for the pitch competition.

Led by AOL co-founder and Revolution Chairman and CEO Steve Case and his group of iconic entrepreneurs, the tour will visit local startups, hear directly from entrepreneurs and, at the end of the tour, invest $100,000 in the most promising local startup through a pitch competition.

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Topics: Innovative Technologies, Startup

Why Transportation is Key to Broad-Based Prosperity

Posted by Justin Braun on Mar 27, 2019 10:03:50 AM

International transit consultant Jarrett Walker made one thing clear when he presented at the Alliance for Regional Transportation (ART) event on March 14: “Transportation needs to deliver freedom.”

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Topics: Transportation, Alliance for Regional Transportation

How Orlando Became a Test-Market for Surgical Robotics

Posted by Justin Braun on Feb 27, 2019 3:40:54 PM

For the last 15 years, Orlando has been the location surgical robotics companies choose when introducing new technology to the U.S. market, and for good reason. With approximately 610 surgeons at 59 hospitals, the seven-county Orlando region presents a huge market opportunity. That’s not to mention the presence of a dedicated space for surgical robotics training.

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Topics: Medical Technology, Orange County, Osceola County, Higher Education

Why Yolanda Londoño Joined Leadership Orlando 2.0: The Impact Project

Posted by Justin Braun on Feb 22, 2019 10:45:02 AM

For Yolanda Londoño, being part of Leadership Orlando tied together a sense of place and purpose into a comprehensive program, allowing her to learn, grow and make new friends and connections with some of the most influential leaders in the region. But after graduating from Class 93 as a participant and the class chair, she was left longing for ongoing camaraderie and additional opportunities to apply what she learned.

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Topics: Leadership Orlando

Lockheed Martin Readies for the Future with New Facility and Cyber Innovation Lab

Posted by Justin Braun on Feb 15, 2019 3:25:26 PM

When Lockheed Martin officially broke ground on its new, six-story Research & Development II building at its Missiles and Fire Control’s Orlando site on February 14, 2018, it set an aggressive goal of completing the project in only one year. Less than 24 hours from a full year later, the company cut the ribbon on its new facility, which will house approximately 1,000 employees who support engineering, program management and business operations for the company.

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Topics: Expansion, Major Employers, Military and Defense, Cybersecurity

Orlando Leads Nation in Job Growth Four Years in a Row [Context]

Posted by Justin Braun on Jan 25, 2019 3:08:26 PM

The Orlando region is No. 1 in the nation for job growth for the fourth consecutive year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan statistical area (MSA) continued its trajectory as the fastest growing job market in the country for 2018.

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Topics: Rankings, Research

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