Orlando is on a roll. In fact, Michael Kruklinkski, Head of Region Americas for Siemens Real Estate, likes what the city has to offer.
In the article "Downtown Ain't Want It Used to Be" in September's issue of Site Selection magazine, Siemens said that they "felt we could find great internal and external resources, Spanish speakers, and good corporate connectivity to Central and South America."
When deciding earlier this year to move headquarters from Athens, Ohio, the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) narrowed its choices to four, from more than 30 cities. The filters proved to be tough: the new city had to be in the top 30 as measured by passenger count at an airport that was located within 30 miles; the cost of living index needed to be less than 120; the city had to project an entrepreneurial image; and it needed to have a strong ability to host events. Ultimately, Orlando won out.
With the changing landscape of the downtown scene, business decision makers say their key target becomes attracting and retaining millennials. Data compiled by Wendell Cox found a correlation of population growth between ages 20-29 and southeastern U.S. cities ranking at the top of the list. Rounding out the top 20 included Orlando, Miami, Charlotte and Nashville.
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