KPMG LLC announced its plans today to build a 55-acre learning, development, and innovation facility in Lake Nona located in the City of Orlando. KPMG expects to create 80 high-wage jobs in Orlando and make a more than $400 million capital investment. Construction on the new, state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to begin in spring 2017 and be completed in late 2019. This will be the largest capital investment project that the Orlando EDC has worked on in the last 10 years.

This brand-new facility represents KPMG’s progressive vision to create an energetic forum for learning for its employees, further enhancing its world-class training capabilities. The premier meeting space will include an Innovation Center, a museum, as well as 800 guest rooms, fitness and outdoor recreational facilities, and multiple food and beverage venues.

“Our center will be the cornerstone of our learning and development strategy, which will continue to blend in-person training and virtual options,” said P. Scott Ozanus, Deputy Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, KPMG LLP. “It will give our partners and professionals the benefits of alternating between classroom and field-like training environments for an experience that is interactive, innovative, and collaborative.”

The vision of KPMG’s new facility matched perfectly with Lake Nona’s focus on inspiring human performance – one of the many reasons why KPMG choose Orlando for its global training facility. Additional reasons included Orlando’s direct flights to 90% of KPMG’s office locations, world-class infrastructure, community partner engagement, competitive business climate, and (of course) year-round, sunny skies.

“KPMG now joins other high-caliber companies – USTA, ADP, Deloitte, Verizon – all global companies who have chosen to invest in the Orlando region because they now know the ‘other half’ of Orlando’s story,” said Robert Utsey, chair of the Orlando Economic Development Commission.

KPMG’s new campus will help us further the regional branding message, “Orlando. You don’t know the half of it,” with professionals from all over the world experiencing Orlando, first-hand, from a business perspective.

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Orlando hosts two big time college bowl games this holiday season in the Camping World Stadium. The University of Miami and West Virginia University battle for the championship in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Wednesday, December 28 at 5:30 p.m. Then, Louisiana State University and the University of Louisville face off in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Saturday, December 31 at 11 a.m.

A national audience of millions of sports fans will tune in to these events, and for the third year in a row the Orlando Economic Development Commission’s (EDC) branding commercial: “Orlando. You don’t know the half of it.” will air on both ESPN and ABC. While the overhead Camping World Stadium blimp shots highlight the Orlando city skyline, the EDC commercial showcases Orlando as not only a great place to vacation, but an amazing place to live, work and do business. Make sure to set your DVRs to record before you leave for the game!

The Orlando EDC is partnering with Florida Citrus Sports to bring the branding commercial into homes across the country during these annual bowl games.

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Just recently, ranked three Orlando-based colleges in the top 10 best colleges of Florida. These colleges include the University of Central Florida (#6), Rollins College (#8), and Beacon College (#10).

Beacon College is the first institution of higher education in the country accredited to award bachelor degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities, ADHD and other learning differences. Located in Leesburg, FL, Beacon’s four-year graduation rate of 83.3% far surpasses the national average for students with learning disabilities.

Rollins College, the oldest recognized college in Florida, offers a comprehensive liberal arts education, educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, empowering graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers. Rollins also offers a nationally ranked MBA program as well as undergraduate and graduate evening degree programs.

The University of Central Florida is the second largest university in the U.S., with 13 colleges providing opportunities to more than 60,000 students, offering 177 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and 30 doctoral programs. Students come from all 50 states and 148 countries. Kiplinger’s and The Princeton Review ranked a UCF education as one of the nation’s best values.

The first batch of seats are now bolted to the ground at Orlando City Soccer’s new stadium.

  • Seats installed at Orlando City’s new stadium
  • The stadium will open in March 2017
  • Next milestone: scoreboard installation

Orlando City Soccer leaders, the Major League Soccer commissioner and developers helped install the first couple of seats Thursday inside the stadium.

It was a big milestone of the new stadium where the Lions will play their third MLS season next year.

Construction crews said it was difficult to get the purple color right for the 21,000 seats that are being installed. The $155 million project, which is being privately funded, is about 80 percent complete and is expected to be finished by March.

It will be ready for the start of the seasons for Orlando City and the Orlando Pride.

“Every time I come down here, there is more work completed,” said Phil Rawlins, Orlando City Soccer founder and president. “It’s a really exciting time. This is the last piece of the jigsaw — that dream becoming a reality in front of your eyes.”

The stadium will have room for about 25,500 when at capacity. There is still some work to do, though, including the installation of the grass playing surface.

The stadium scoreboard is scheduled to be installed next month.

New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows just how well the Orlando-area economy is doing. And it seems it’s doing really, really well.

Here’s some great stats on the City Beautiful that should make you smile this morning, even if you haven’t had your coffee yet:

  • Orlando had the seventh-fastest-growing economy, as ranked by one-year percentage change in employment growth. Tampa ranked No. 10.
  • Orlando had the eighth most-improved job growth rate since 2010. No other Florida metros made the top 10.
  • Orlando had the 10th-best fastest-growing private economy, as ranked by one-year percentage change in employment growth. Tampa ranked No. 6.

Here are more details related to the data:

  • In 2015, U.S. employment grew 2 percent. Among large metros, the highest growth was found in San Jose (4.4 percent), followed by Portland (3.8 percent), Grand Rapids (3.8 percent) and Austin (3.8 percent). Orlando employment, at No. 7, grew by 3.3 percent.
  • Since 2010, the U.S. growth rate has increased 1.2 percentage points. The large metros showing the most improvement in 2015 (with the greatest increase in the annual growth rate) are Sacramento (+4.1 points), Las Vegas (+3.4) and Riverside (+3.2). Orlando, at No. 8, was up 2.1 points.
  • In 2015, U.S. private sector employment grew 2.3 percent. Among large metros, the highest growth is found in San Jose (4.8 percent), followed by Austin (4.4 percent), Grand Rapids (4.1 percent) and San Antonio (4 percent) follow. Tampa, at No. 6, had 3.8 percent growth, while Orlando, at No. 10, grew 3.5 percent.

Did you know that the value of property in Orange County Florida totals $140B…including $8B in theme parks and $6.3B in time share units? Orange County Property Appraiser, Rick Singh CFA does! Thank you to Leading Edge Title for inviting Rick Singh to the RE/MAX 200 Realty office today to for a very informative presentation. ‪#‎ocpapresents‬

If you would like more information about property values in Orange County, contact your RE/MAX 200 team today!

Thank you Leading Edge Title for inviting David Johnson from Seminole County Property Appraiser’s Office to the RE/MAX Town & Country office this week to present great information about Seminole County. Some of the highlights shared are the total market value of property increasing to $38.1B in 2015 as well as the median sales price of newly constructed homes growing to $377K and existing homes to $228K. Seminole County ‘hot spots’ revealed to us are the new Sports Complex near the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), Wekiva Pkwy area in the NW region and the Oviedo Medical Center near University of Central Florida. In addition, over $700M has been announced for development projects Town Park Commons, Reagan Center (at the previous Flea World site) and Griffin Farms in Lake Mary.

For more information about growth and housing in Seminole County, contact our team at RE/MAX Town & Country today!