Orlando Economic Partnership
Central Florida Leadership Forum
Merger of Central Florida Partnership and Orlando Economic Development Commission is Official!
The Inaugural Meeting of the Founding Board of Directors for the new organization that resulted from the merger of the Central Florida Partnership and the Orlando Economic Development Commission revealed its new identity on Wednesday afternoon at the Orlando Science Center.
Founding Co-Chairs Sean DeMartino, Balfour Beatty Construction, and Robert Utsey, Skanska USA Building, Inc., welcomed Board Members and Special Guests to the historic gathering and outlined the Purpose, Vision and Mission for the new organization, as well as the Values and Guiding Principles that will focus its program of work.
After a review of the years-long process which made the most of the “time, energy, expertise and wisdom” of the dedicated volunteer leaders who served on the Joint Alignment Committee, its Chair Stephen H. Mauldin, CNL, publicly thanked them for their service and commitment.
Thomas K. Sittema, Chair of the Investor Relations Task Force, shared the outstanding news that 97% of the investment dollars from the existing 52 dual investors in both the Central Florida Partnership and the Orlando Economic Development Commission have been fully confirmed for 2017-2018, providing strong financial footing for the new Orlando Economic Partnership.
In announcing the organization’s new name, Chair-Elect Ken Potrock said, “The criteria for the name evaluation included ensuring we showed our geographic representation, our purpose/mission in driving economic vitality, something that felt inclusive, something that reflected our vision and compatibility with our business branding efforts,” before introducing the new CEO Tim Giuliani.
Giuliani spoke about his dreams for the future, citing such legendary Florida dreamers as Henry Flagler and Walt Disney who positively impacted our region and our state. Referencing The Coming Jobs War by James Clifton, he talked about the 500,000 new jobs that are projected, the wealth of amenities that enhance quality of life throughout Central Florida, and the billions of dollars in construction that are already underway. Certainly, Orlando and Central Florida are on the global radar for economic development and sustainable quality of life. The Orlando Economic Partnership is the canvas on which we will paint our picture for competitive advantage.
First Vice Chair Yolanda Londoño provided words of encouragement before introducing the leadership team for the Orlando Economic Partnership for their thoughts and perspective: William T. Dymond, Vice Chair of Economic Development; Mark Brewer, Vice Chair of Community Development; Kelly Cohen, Vice Chair of Public Policy; and Rob Panepinto, Vice Chair of Business Climate.
After brief remarks by our host, JoAnn Newman, President and CEO of the Orlando Science Center, a celebration reception followed.
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