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Laureen Martinez

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Orlando is aggressively pursuing Amazon's second headquarters

Posted by Laureen Martinez on Sep 29, 2017 12:43:30 PM

The Orlando Economic Partnership is building a strong case for why this region is the best location for Amazon’s HQ2. Using the compelling “Orlando. You don’t know the half of it.” brand, the Partnership is highlighting the assets and strengths of the region; assets that include strong infrastructure with rail, road, air and sea connectivity along with the plentiful pipeline of talent with more than 500,000 students enrolled within a 100-mile radius of the cityOrlando's culture of innovation, inclusiveness and commitment to sustainability, key corporate values for Amazon, also strengthen Orlando's case. 

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Topics: Economic Development, News & Media

Orlando Economic Partnership advances transportation strategy

Posted by Laureen Martinez on Aug 28, 2017 10:15:53 AM


Community and business leaders heard three strategic recommendations made by the Central Florida Leadership Forum's Transportation Task Force during the 2017 Regional Transportation Summit. The recommendations aim to champion and advance private and public projects, address current and future transportation needs, and respond to concerns including safety, cybersecurity and counterterrorism.
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Topics: Partnership Events, Thought Leaders, Economic Development

Back to school: Orlando's real-world education meets the demands of the future workforce

Posted by Laureen Martinez on Aug 17, 2017 2:37:06 PM

In a middle school classroom, a group of 11-year-olds focus intensely on inputting complex patterns of symbols to form computer coding. A few miles down the road, students in a high school class assemble smartboards to build a robot.  At the same time, fourth graders in a nearby Spanish class prepare to connect live with students in Puerto Rico. On the other end of town, teenagers in a magnet program learn how to start a business and train at local companies. Across the Orlando region, these stories represent a new age of learning for K-12 students that prepares them for successful careers while meeting the workforce demands of the future.

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Topics: Education, News & Media

Amazon plans to create 1,500 jobs in Orlando

Posted by Laureen Martinez on Jul 10, 2017 10:07:10 AM

Amazon.com, Inc. will open a new fulfillment center in Orlando creating 1,500 new, full-time jobs. The 850,000 square-foot center will be a highly technological workplace featuring Amazon Robotics. The site, located in Lake Nona, will open in 2018.

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Topics: Economic Development

Florida increases its Research and Development Tax Credits

Posted by Laureen Martinez on Jun 23, 2017 5:08:48 PM

Florida will nearly double its investment in Research and Development (R&D) when it raises the maximum amount of tax credits available to companies to $16.5 million in 2018. The R&D tax credit, now capped at $9 million, encourages and rewards manufacturers who bring new or improved products to market, as well as manufacturers who improve the manufacturing process.

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Topics: Economic Development, Advanced Manufacturing

New initiatives boost Orlando’s economic competitiveness

Posted by Laureen Martinez on Jun 23, 2017 5:06:39 PM

A variety of business-friendly bills approved by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott will strengthen the state’s and Orlando’s business climate. The biggest impact will come from the $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. This new incentive fund will help improve public infrastructure and enhance workforce training, encouraging more businesses to locate or grow in Florida.

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Topics: Economic Development

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The PR team at the Orlando Economic Partnership is your source for business news in Orlando, providing you with story ideas about trends, people and companies; statistical information and background; offering expert sources; and connecting you with community leaders.

Media Contact: Laureen Martinez

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