About Orange County, Florida
As home to more than 1.3 million residents and a top destination for more than 72 million travelers and tourists from around the world, Orange County is brimming with excitement, arts, culture, sports, recreation and economic opportunity.
We are the region’s most populous county, with thirteen towns and cities located within our county borders, including:
In addition to our world class international airport, second largest convention center in the U.S., and blockbuster theme parks and entertainment options, we’re home to some of the finest public venues in America, including the spectacular new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, our newly-rebuilt Camping World Stadium, SunRail – the newest commuter rail in the nation – and a recently completed Major League Soccer Stadium for our professional soccer teams, Orlando City Soccer and Orlando Pride.
To tell our story of success and opportunity, Orange County, the Orlando Economic Development Commission and a host of partners have recently launched a global branding campaign, “Orlando. You Don’t Know the Half of It,” which showcases our incredible high-tech and innovation economies, along with our thrilling theme parks and gorgeous natural beauty.
Under the leadership of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, county employees embrace a “neighbors helping neighbors” philosophy, with the shared values of fairness, integrity and character, excellence and innovation, professionalism and accountability serving as the platform for providing outstanding customer service to the taxpayers and citizens of Orange County.
Our dynamic economy is anchored by our strong tourism and hospitality sector, a robust Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) cluster, a thriving biotechnology and life science research hub, cutting-edge film and digital media training facilities, and transformational arts and cultural venues that offer endless leisure and entertainment possibilities.
The region’s MS&T sector and our strong life science and tech industries have already made a profound impact on the creation of high-wage and high-value jobs in Central Florida. The Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, are at the core of our simulation and training industry, contributing nearly $5 billion to Florida’s gross state product, nearly 30,000 high-tech jobs, with salaries averaging $70,000 per year. When combined, with indirect and induced jobs, the industry employs more than 60,000 citizens that call our region home.
Lake Nona Medical City, home to the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, and our life sciences sector, play a significant role in the development of our economy, creating nearly 30,000 jobs with $2.8 billion in annual wages, generating $460 million in annual tax revenue and spurring $7.6 billion in annual economic activity for the region.
Citing the region’s median average salary and a 4.2 percent unemployment rate, Forbes has ranked Orange County’s City of Orlando the No. 1 region for job growth and one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Highlighting the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, SunRail – the nation’s newest commuter rail system and the developing food scene, The New York Times named Orlando No. 13 of 52 Places to Go in 2015. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report recognized the region as one of the Best Places to Travel in 2015 and one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States in 2016. Also in 2016, Forbes ranked Orlando as one of the nation’s Best Cities to Buy Housing, third for the Best Big Cities for Jobs and one of the top 10 Cities that Americans Are Moving to Right Now.
Whether you are a visitor, a resident or a business looking to grow and expand your footprint, Orange County provides a young and talented workforce; multi-modal access to destinations around the globe; a do-what-it-takes attitude; and year-round sunshine.
Home to the second largest university in the nation and one of the top research universities, the University of Central Florida Technology Incubator has assisted 55 high tech start-ups over the past decade. Additionally, our Business Development Division offers a two hour workshop, free of charge, on how to do business with Orange County on the third Monday of each month at the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando, one of only two in the nation. From entrepreneurs to international trade, Orange County wants to be a partner in your success.
Our mission is to serve the citizens of Orange County and our guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. We are committed to transparency, accountability and engaging our citizens in the decision making process to earn their trust and improve our quality of life. Orange County is truly the best place in the world to live, learn, work and raise a family.
Today, Orange County is home to more than 1.2 million residents, and welcomes more than 72 million visitors annually. We are the number one, world-wide destination for tourism and travel, generating more than $187 million in tourist development taxes.
Created in 1988 as one of the first county charter governments in Florida, Orange County is a “strong mayor” form of government, led by an elected, non-partisan Mayor and is served by six district-elected County Commissioners.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs provides overall strategic direction for Orange County’s future – including the development of a comprehensive and far-reaching Sustainability Plan – and serves as CEO for the organization, including administration of an annual budget of more than $4.1 billion, with 88 divisions and more than 7,500 employees.