“The City Beautiful”
Known for its many theme parks, including the sprawling Disney complex, the Orlando area is also home to the headquarters of many other pillars of the hospitality industry, including the Marriott and Wyndham hotel groups, Darden Restaurants, and many more.
The building of the town began in the late 1830s, with the name changing multiple times before settling on ‘Orlando’ – though the true story of how the name came to be is an enduring mystery.
It was, of course, Walt Disney’s decision in the 1960s to buy large amounts of land in the area to build his vision which truly put Orlando on the map.
Working In Orlando
Orlando isn’t all about the parks, though – far from it! The city is a major technology center, with a $13 billion technology sector employing over 50,000 people. General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens and Lockheed Martin are among the many globally known technology companies with facilities in the area.
Getting There – And Staying There
Served by the 13th busiest airport in the United States and fed by the cross-Florida Interstate 4 corridor from Tampa and Florida’s Turnpike from Miami, the Orlando area is easy to reach – with a high speed rail line slated to open in the near future as well.
Boasting a beautiful historic district, a flourishing arts scene, major league sports and excellent shopping, the Orlando area is a delight to residents of all kinds.
Business Opportunity In Orlando
Orlando has made recent efforts to cultivate early-stage startups by opening accelerator programs, new seed funds, and co-working spaces. Many startups adjacent to Orlando’s tourist industry have been able to build quickly and thrive – notably food trucks, delivery services and tourist-centered retail.