KPMG LLC announced its plans to build a 55-acre, 800,000-square-foot learning, development, and innovation facility in Lake Nona located in the City of Orlando. KPMG expects to create 80 high wage jobs in Orlando and make a $430 million capital investment. Construction on the new, state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to begin in spring 2017 and be completed in late 2019. This is now the largest capital investment project the Orlando EDC has established in the last 10 years in the community.
This brand-new facility represents KPMG’s progressive vision to create an energetic forum for learning for its employees, further enhancing its world-class training capabilities. The premier meeting space will include an Innovation Center, a museum, as well as 800 guest rooms, fitness and outdoor recreational facilities, and multiple food and beverage venues.
“Our center will be the cornerstone of our learning and development strategy, which will continue to blend in-person training and virtual options,” said P. Scott Ozanus, Deputy Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, KPMG LLP. “It will give our partners and professionals the benefits of alternating between classroom and field-like training environments for an experience that is interactive, innovative, and collaborative.”
The vision of KPMG’s new facility matched perfectly with Lake Nona’s focus on inspiring human performance – one of the many reasons why KPMG choose Orlando for its global training facility. Additional reasons included Orlando’s direct flights to 90% of KPMG’s office locations, world-class infrastructure, community partner engagement, competitive business climate, and (of course) year-round, sunny skies.
“Orange County is extremely pleased to join in announcing KPMG’s decision to build their new, innovation-driven global training center in Central Florida,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “This project includes 80 high-wage jobs, as well as capital investments of more than $400 million. KPMG executives from across the nation will travel here for extended training, providing us with an excellent opportunity to showcase our world-class community. Their presence in Central Florida signals the strength of our professional service sector, as well as the preparedness of our workforce.”
“KPMG now joins other high-caliber companies – USTA, ADP, Deloitte, Verizon – all global companies who have chosen to invest in the Orlando region because they now know the ‘other half’ of Orlando’s story,” said Robert Utsey, chair of the Orlando Economic Development Commission.
The State of Florida, Enterprise Florida, Orange County, City of Orlando, Orlando Utilities Commission, CareerSource Florida, CareerSource Central Florida, Visit Orlando and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority have all been important partners on this project.
KPMG’s new campus will help us further the regional branding message, “Orlando. You don’t know the half of it,” with professionals from all over the world experiencing Orlando, first-hand, from a business perspective.