Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to Host 2017 Economic Summit

Workforce Development Focus for the Jan. 18 Event

Orange County, FL – Mayor Teresa Jacobs will host the 2017 Orange County Economic Summit to discuss continued job growth, economic success and workforce development. The event will be held at the Orange County Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHAT: Mayor Jacobs will be joined by elected officials, local education experts and distinguished panelists including:

  • Sean Snaith, Ph.D., Director of the University of Central Florida Institute for Economic Competitiveness
    • Sean Snaith, Ph.D., will present his annual economic update. Snaith is a nationally recognized economist in the field of business and economic forecasting.
  • Vernet Lasrado, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Research at the University of Central Florida, will present on “Regional Landscape of Student Completions.”
  • Panel discussion on workforce development with:
    • Barbara Jenkins, Ph.D., Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools
    • Sandy Shugart, Ph.D., President of Valencia College
    • Thad Seymour, Jr., Vice Provost for the University of Central Florida Downtown Campus
    • Crystal Sircy, Executive Vice President, Orlando Economic Development Commission Panel will be moderated by Pam Nabors, President/CEO of CareerSource Central Florida.

Following the Economic Summit, Orange County will also host the second annual Florida TechMatch, an invitation-only event that paves the way for local technology companies to build relationships and contracts with national industry leaders.

The 2017 Orange County Economic Summit is made possible with the help of sponsors, including Florida Hospital, Florida High Tech Corridor, Orlando Economic Development Commission, CareerSource Central Florida, Valencia College, Orange Technical College, Orlando Regional Realtor Association, Duke Energy, JP Morgan Chase, Tetra Tech, and University of Central Florida.

WHERE: Orange County Convention Center, North Concourse – Room N320
9400 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, Fla. 32819

WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

BACKGROUND: The Mayor’s annual Economic Summit was launched in 2013 following a series of nine economic and job summits designed to examine the area’s varied needs. Those meetings, which were held in 2011 and 2012, focused on key geographic regions and industries such as life sciences, clean technology and international trade.

Editor’s Note: Media will be provided with audio mult and an unobstructed view from a platform in the middle of the ballroom. Mayor Jacobs, Sean Snaith, Ph.D., Director of the University of Central Florida Institute for Economic Competitiveness and other panelists will be available for interviews immediately following the event. Media will be parked for close access and a live clean feed for video will be provided by Orange TV. For additional technical questions and support contact Orange TV at 407-222-5372 or email

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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