“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”
— William James
Regional Priorities is a broad topic, and it was difficult for our team to finalize exactly what we would feature this year. There is so much happening that is impacting the region and, interestingly enough, there are quite a few connections among the various industry segments.
Vision, innovation, partnerships and investments in technology are impacting advanced manufacturing, transportation, tourism, life sciences and aerospace, just to name a few industries.
All of these industries have a major impact on our entrepreneurial ecosystem and our talent pipeline. The more each industry grows, the more businesses are created or expanded, and the more people we need to fill jobs. The need to recruit and retain top talent is leading to the conclusion that an even more important priority is to develop a high-tech workforce, while creating opportunities for exciting high-wage jobs for the next generation.
Central Florida has led the nation in job creation for the last four consecutive years, but in addition to job creation, strengthening resources for growing businesses is also vitally important. There are numerous programs and organizations that support businesses along their journey, but in this issue you’ll read about programs being better aligned to support different groups of entrepreneurs.
All of this sets the stage for unprecedented growth in our community. Instead of expanding in just a couple of industries that traditionally led and defined our region for so many years — agriculture and tourism — the local economy will continue to become more diverse as we approach 2030.
These connections will only continue to increase and make our community stronger.
To your success,