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East Orlando revolves around a strong and vibrant business community built on education and research. There are over 50,000 jobs within the boundaries of East Orlando, providing residents the opportunity to work near home and avoid the long commutes often associated with metropolitan areas. There are numerous small, medium and large businesses throughout East Orlando that cover a broad range of industries. This provides stability to the area, since no one industry is solely responsible for the health of the local economy. Instead, East Orlando can continue to expect great things from its business community as both grow together.


Central Florida Research Park – A 1,027-acre business park home to more than 100 companies in 48 buildings. A sampling of the businesses located in the park include the Naval Air Warfare Center, the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation and the Army Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command. Other activities in the park include training systems, optics and lasers, medical equipment, behavioral sciences, cancer research, electric power generation and wireless communication.

Lockheed Martin – Home to more than 1,600 employees, the East Orlando facility hosts the largest single concentration of training and simulation activity in the nation.

Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation – Approximately 2,800 employees work at their research center in East Orlando.

The University of Central Florida – UCF is the sixth largest employer in Central Florida with over 8,000 employees.

Valencia Community College – VCC satellite campus in East Orlando creates just over 2,500 jobs annually for the community.

Waterford Lakes Town Center – The largest outdoor mall in central Florida, Waterford Lakes Town Center provides approximately 2,000 full and part-time retail jobs throughout the year.

The developing area in Southeast Orlando, including the Lake Nona Science and Technology Park and Innovation Way are in the beginning stages of creating a life sciences cluster in Central Florida. This area will be home to the new UCF College of Medicine, the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, a new Veterans Administration Hospital and Nemours Children’s Hospital, among many other companies.

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