Orlando Economic Partnership Efforts Drive Strong Results in Orlando Business Development

The Orlando Economic Partnership begins the 2017-2018 fiscal year on strong ground after seeing significant results in the area of Orlando Business Development. The Partnership recorded 27 company project wins in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2017 stimulating more than $770 million in capital investments and 4,271 projected new jobs. Company relocations and expansions created 2.4 million square feet of newly constructed space added to the region.

“The results in capital investment are the strongest in our entire history of doing economic development in the region and we saw the second strongest results in the amount of square footage occupied by the companies we worked with,” said President and CEO Tim Giuliani. “We are extremely proud of the work of our staff, our board of directors, investors and partners who all played an important role in attaining these outstanding results.”

The Partnership’s work is focused on building broad-based prosperity in the region by not only helping companies expand but assisting them in the creation of jobs that offer a path to success for employees. This can include positions that provide compensation packages with tuition reimbursement, health insurance and career training.

Of the 27 project wins, 19 were new-to-market companies and eight were expansions of existing companies in Orlando Business Development. Here are some project highlights in the Partnership’s targeted industries:

  • Arrow Sky Media LLC, a digital technology firm, relocated its headquarters from Nashville to Orlando. The company plans to create 114 new, high-wage jobs and make a $2.9 million capital investment over the next three years. The company will become an anchor tenant in downtown Orlando’s Creative Village.
  • Constant Aviation, a company that specializes in airframe and engine maintenance, major repairs, avionics, interior refurbishment, paint, parts distribution and accessory services, is locating in Seminole County adding 75 new jobs and making a capital investment of $1.9 million in the region.
  • Holiday Retirement relocated its headquarters from Oregon to the Orlando region creating 157 new, high-wage jobs. Holiday Retirement operates more than 300 retirement home communities across the U.S.
  • KPMG LLC is building a 55-acre, 800,000-square-foot learning, development, and innovation facility in Lake Nona in the City of Orlando. KPMG expects to create 80 new, high wage jobs in Orlando and make a $430 million capital investment – the company’s largest capital investment ever.

Financial incentives were approved for 11 projects (less than half) of the companies assisted by the Partnership. The remaining companies received expedited permitting and workforce hiring assistance. Among them was Amazon.com, Inc., which will open a new fulfillment center in Orlando Business Development creating 1,500 new, full-time jobs. The 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center will feature Amazon Robotics. The site, located in Lake Nona, is under construction and will open in 2018.

Amazon offers a benefits package with the potential to improve employees’ career paths by offering 95 percent tuition reimbursement upfront for its team members to go to college and a comprehensive health plan. “This is an example of a company contributing to the region’s broad-based prosperity by offering exceptional entry-level opportunities that offer future growth for an employee,” said Sean DeMartino, the Partnership’s Co-Chair (FY ’16-’17).

The region’s diverse workforce, talent pipeline, strong infrastructure, collaborative approach to community building, and the ease and low cost of doing business were among the top factors cited by company executives who chose Orlando.

“I think we can credit the Partnership’s award-winning regional business brand, “Orlando. You don’t know the half of it.” for our results,” said Co-Chair Robert Utsey. “Our message that Orlando is a great place to do business is being heard by executives around the nation and the world.”

Thank you: Orlando Economic Development Commission

Join Us for the 2017 Winter Springs Christmas Parade

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Join Us for the 2017 Winter Springs Christmas Parade

36th Annual Winter Wonderland – 2017 Winter Springs Christmas Parade along with the 14th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Starring Santa Claus himself!

Saturday December 2, leaving from Keeth Elementary School at 4:30 pm

FREE Shuttle Bus starting at 3:30pm at Winter Springs Elementary, with last shuttle leaving from the Winter Springs Town Center at 9:30pm

Join your neighborhood real estate experts from RE/MAX Town & Country Realty, your sole real estate sponsor for this awesome Winter Springs holiday event!

Details: Winter Springs Town Center, State Road 434 and Tuskawilla Road. This event includes of the longest-running traditions in Winter Springs, the 36th annual Holiday Parade featuring local talent and businesses.The parade will conclude at the Town Center. Then everyone will gather around the Christmas Tree for the 14th annual Christmas tree lighting. Children will have an opportunity to meet with Santa and get their picture taken.

2017 Winter Springs Christmas Parade

RE/MAX Once Again a Top 10 Franchise on Franchise Times Top 200+® survey

RE/MAX was once again a top 10 franchise and the leading real estate franchise for the 9th consecutive year in the annual Franchise Times Top 200+® survey. This put RE/MAX at the same level of other household names such as Marriott Hotels, Ace Hardware and 7-Eleven.

RE/MAX was no. 8 overall, the closest competitors not very close at all, with Keller Williams Realty at no. 17 and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at no. 51. RE/MAX was also ranked no. 2 for total sales volume growth and no. 8 for unit growth. The average sales growth of the top 10 companies was 2.8 percent – RE/MAX grew by 11.8 percent.

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Pros and Cons of Solar Panels

The cost of installing solar panels on a home has dropped dramatically over the past decade. Is it time for your home to run on sunshine? Here are some Pros and Cons of Solar Panels to consider.

Pros and Cons of Solar Panels

1. Pro: Demolish your electric bills

Obviously by capturing free energy from the sun, you’ll pay less in your utility bill. In some states, you can even earn money back by selling the unused energy your panels generate to the utility company in the form of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs).

2. Con: Upfront cost

While installation and materials are more affordable than ever, it might take up to seven years for the system to pay for itself through the money you save. Fortunately, there are considerable tax breaks, rebates and solar-specific loans available to help homeowners get started. The federal investment tax credit allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of your system from your taxes. You can search for state programs on the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency®.

3. Pro: Save the planet

Generating energy from fossil fuels emits harmful carbon dioxide and methane that contributes to global warming – using solar panels for power does not. And unlike other energy sources, solar power doesn’t require water to process.

4. Con: Doesn’t work for every roof

Some roofing materials used in older homes, like slate or cedar tiles, make it difficult for installing panels.

5. Pro: May increase your home’s value

Solar panels can increase the value of your home, according to research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, part of the Department of Energy.

6. Con: Maintenance costs

Insurance, cleaning, repairs. As with anything, solar panels come with their own additional costs. Wondering how much energy solar panels might be able to generate in your part of the country? Check out this address-based calculator from the Department of Energy.

If you’re looking to relocate to a state with a sunnier disposition, an experienced real estate agent can help; find one HERE

Thank you:  REMAX Blog

Join Evelyn Pilchick For The Childrens Miracle Trail Ride November 11th

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Join Evelyn Pilchick for the Childrens Miracle Trail Ride benefiting Children’s Miracle Network on November 11th. This will be Evelyn’s 5th year of participating!

The funds raised will help Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children purchase Medical Equipment, Fund Research, pay for uncompensated medical care, and provide advanced medical treatment.  Any donation to this awesome cause is very much appreciated!

The ride is on Saturday, November 11 at Lake X in Saint Cloud.

The Kenneth Kirchman Foundation is a charitable organization that owns a 10,426-acre ranch in St. Cloud, Florida, known as “Lake X,” for the purpose of educating the public (particularly children) about Florida’s ecology and wildlife and is the location for Childrens Miracle Trail Ride.  As the surrounding areas become increasingly populated and infringe on undeveloped areas in Florida, the public is losing familiarity with nature.  The Foundation seeks to address the problem of the public’s ever-increasing disengagement with nature by providing first-hand educational experiences to enhance public awareness, especially among children.

The Lake X Property is one of the most unique tracts of land in all of Florida and includes a 1,400 acre lake surrounded by pristine forests and unspoiled wetlands.  The property was originally purchased in the mid-1950’s by E.C. Kiekhaefer, founder of Mercury Marine Outboards. 

 Mr. Kiekhaefer wanted an added sense of security and anonymity to the property and as a result, named the property “Lake X.”  Ken Kirchman purchased the Lake X Property from Mr. Kiekhaefer in 1984. Having grown up in Florida on Lake Okeechobee, Mr. Kirchman knew the value and importance of preserving the natural beauty of Lake X and set a goal atypical of most landowners:  to keep Lake X the same as it was 100 years ago.

Please contact Evelyn Pilchick for more details or click here help with a donation.

Celebrating 35 Years of Burning Up the Real Estate Market with Kim Coburn

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WINTER SPRINGS, Florida – If you happened to catch a glimpse of the iconic RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon flying high in the sky over Winter Springs on the morning of Saturday October 28th, you witnessed the celebration of two legendary names in Real Estate…Kim Coburn and RE/MAX!  Kim celebrated her 35th anniversary of Burning Up the Real Estate Market with an event at Central Winds Park for her clients, friends and advocates with huge a cook-out and rides in the balloon!

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Kim Coburn has been Burning Up the Real Estate Market in Winter Springs now for 35 years, including the past 22 years with RE/MAX Town & Country on the corner of Tuskawilla and Red Bug Road. Kim has become a household name in the Winter Springs/Oviedo area for her excellence in professionalism while serving as both an expert and friend to her clients.

The time and effort dedicated by Kim to her customers and community has allowed her to help more people each year, qualifying her for the prestigious RE/MAX Titan Club Award.  The Titan Club Award was presented to less than one percent of all active RE/MAX agents in 2016.  Kim has also been recognized as one of Orlando Magazine’s “Hot 100” Realtors for the past 10 consecutive years, has achieved membership in the “Million Dollar Guild” with the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, and has earned designations as a Certified Residential Specialist and Luxury Home Marketing Specialist.

“I am so fortunate to have found a career that I can be passionate about and allows me to serve the community I love.” said Kim Coburn, “Thank you to everyone who celebrated with me on Saturday!”

As the largest hot air balloon fleet in the world, more than 108 RE/MAX balloons carry the distinctive red, white and blue logo in 26 countries on six continents. RE/MAX, LLC adopted the iconic logo as a promotional symbol in 1978 at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

Since its inception, RE/MAX Associates, offices and regions have sponsored and participated in hundreds of balloon events around the world to mark milestones, promote charity events, art festivals, grand-opening celebrations and even educational programs.

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About RE/MAX Town & Country Realty and RE/MAX 200 Realty:
RE/MAX 200 is a family business in constant operation for nearly 40 years through all types of real estate markets in Winter Park, Florida.  Founded by Ron Acker in 1975 the company has grown into one of the most respected, largest, independently owned and operated real estate brokerages in the area.  RE/MAX Town & Country Realty is the Winter Springs branch office of RE/MAX 200 Realty and has been serving Seminole County from the same location on Tuskawilla Road for over 20 years.

About RE/MAX:
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 100,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of nearly 100 countries. When measured by residential transaction sides, nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX.  With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $150 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities.

Contact:
Peter Nadler, Marketing Director
(407) 629-6330 x518, peter.nadler@rmxmail.com