Writer: Liz Palmer
3 min read June 2022— Throughout the discussions held at the second annual Invest: Greater Orlando launch conference on Thursday, a general sentiment was shared that the region’s business community is committed to working alongside one another to solve overarching challenges and move forward together, no matter what the future may hold.
In her opening remarks at the launch event, Capital Analytics’ CEO Abby Melone said Orlando’s outlook has never been greater. “It feels as though a new era is beginning, one where potential lurks around every corner, which is certainly a welcomed development after so much time spent in the pandemic wilderness,” Melone said. “We all know very clearly that diversity, equity and inclusion are integral components to the success of any company or organization, and many are working to ensure that they’re inside the issue rather than on the outside looking in.”
One of 18 annual business intelligence reports produced by Capital Analytics Associates, Invest: Greater Orlando 2022 is a holistic overview of the trends, challenges and opportunities in the local economic landscape.
“With the evolution of our region, the shifts in travel and how people work, we believe now is the perfect time to bring together our collective resources to tell an authentic, holistic and exciting story about who we are as a region. Orlando is unbelievably real,” remarked the event’s opening keynote speaker and Orlando Economic Partnership’s vice president of economic development Casey Barnes. “At the intersection of entertainment, defense, tech, modeling simulation and training, our region is at the bleeding end of augmented virtual reality, artificial intelligence, gaming, internet of things, 3D reconstruction – all of those things put together make up the metaverse, and there’s no better place on Planet Earth to create meta than in Orlando.”
In addition to Barnes’ opening keynote address, the conference hosted two panel discussions, one being “Orlando for All: Leveraging a growing economy to enhance equity.” Gaby Ortigoni, president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, moderated the conversation between KMI CEO Eric Quinn, Dean Deidré Keller of Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law and Tony Jenkins, Central Florida market president of Florida Blue. The panel began with Ortigoni asking about ways the Greater Orlando community has become more equitable and Quinn, Keller and Jenkins discussed economic thriving, access to education, intentionality, public-private partnerships and simply doing something throughout their responses.
The second panel, “Uncertain landscape: Managing investment expectations amid macroeconomic challenges,” was led by TD Bank’s Central Florida Market President of Commercial Peter Meyer. He discussed thoughtful growth amidst a volatile market with Certified Financial Group Founder Joseph Bert, CEO of Skyway Capital Markets Russ Hunt and Chris Hurn, founder and CEO of Fountainhead Commercial Capital. Bert, Hunt and Hurn voiced the importance of company culture, resisting the urge to make emotional decisions and the emergence of a new entrepreneurial era. “With uncertainty comes a lot of opportunity,” said Hunt.
The closing keynote was delivered by Peter Cranis, executive director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism, who made sure to drive home the importance of digital literacy and relying on data. “We see nothing but bright skies ahead from a tourism perspective,” he said. “Obviously concerns about gas and recession remain, but we see a huge building of hotel inventory, we have the second busiest cruise port in the country, our local airport has done fantastic, we are the No. 1 destination in the world for launches. We’re projecting 2022 will be a better year than 2021, and we’ll see where we go from there.”
Capital Analytics recorded over 500 registered attendees to the event.
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Invest: Orlando 2022 is a deep analysis of the economic trends and leaders that are shaping the future of Greater Orlando’s economy. Featuring over 200 exclusive insights of local leaders and thinkers, Invest: provides unbiased investment research for readers. All the Invest: reports seek to provide comprehensive investment knowledge to local, national and international investors, and to promote our markets as places to do business.
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