The Past And The Future
The city of Kissimmee – along with many surrounding areas – owes its very existence to Philadelphia’s Hamilton Disston, who negotiated a land drainage contract with the state of Florida under which Disston and the state would each own half of all land Disston was able to drain, a deal which for a time made Disston the largest private landowner in the United States.
Ranching and fruit growing dominated the local economy for almost a century, until Walt Disney World began operations in nearby Orlando, bringing about a wholesdale shift toward tourism and development. Today, the city has an extremely active Chamber of Commerce, with 900 members spanning a wide variety of industry sectors, as well as programs geared toward reimagining the city with an eye on the future.
Working In Kissimmee
While the Disney resorts employ a great many Kissimmee residents, the primary employer is the government of Osceola County, of which the city is the county seat. Other large employers in Kissimmee include Walmart, Publix and Advent Health.
Getting There – And Staying There
Kissimmee is easy to reach, being served by Interstate 4 and Florida’s Turnpike as well as Amtrak, Greyhound and Orlando International Airport. Once here, visitors and new residents find excellent shopping at The Loop, Old Town and Plaza del Sol, as well as the relaxing scenery of the newly redeveloped Lakefront Park and soon the in-development Emory Trail.
Business Opportunity In Kissimmee
The city is investing heavily in its Medical Arts District as well as its Aerospace Advancement Initiative, though entrepreneurs in a variety of sectors should find opportunities here. The city offers resources to individuals seeking to start a business in Kissimmee, and the ‘Kissimmee Is Me’ ambassadorship program is also an excellent way to get in touch with just the right people.