2017 Orange County Economic Summit
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs welcomed a capacity crowd of more than 600 citizens to the 2017 Economic Summit at the Orange County Convention Center on Jan. 18, 2017. The highly anticipated local and state economic forecast, issued by nationally renowned economist Sean Snaith, Ph.D., director of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Institute for Economic Competitiveness, is the central highlight of the event.
Vernet Lasrado, Ph.D., assistant director for research at the University of Central Florida, provided insight and a presentation on the region’s extraordinary talent supply, which has attracted several high-profile business expansions to Orange County in 2016.
The Summit also featured a Workforce Development panel held focused on continued job growth and economic successes in Central Florida for the upcoming year. The panel was moderated by Pam Nabors, president and CEO of CareerSource Central Florida.
Panelists included Barbara Jenkins, Ed.D, superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, Thad Seymour, Ph.D, vice provost for UCF Downtown, Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, Ph.D., president of Valencia College and Crystal Sircy, executive vice president of the Orlando Economic Development Commission.