High Tech Corridor Update……
Just southeast of the Orlando International Airport, transversed by the 417 toll road, sits Lake Nona, one of the Central Florida centers for innovative collaboration occupying a premiere location in the Florida High Tech Corridor.
Lake Nona is a community of and for the future. Where it’s not about what has happened, but what is happening. Where better opportunities are being created for generations to come. Where aspirations and realities merge in collaborative innovation, and the only limit is your imagination.
Touted as Florida’s first Gigabit community, that is having a fiber network providing Gigabit internet access, all businesses and residences are wired for lightning-fast access to broadband for their devices and entertainment services like streaming movies and watching television. This provides the fastest Internet speeds to more people, ultimately helping to break down the digital divide and being able to recruit Fortune 50 companies as well as more tech-savvy businesses, especially those working on SAAS/DAAS, IoT, data analysis, digital marketing and other industries that want Gigabit internet access.
In 2012, Cisco announced its partnership with the Tavistock Group, developers of the 7,000-acre master planned community within the city limits of Orlando, for sustainable urban development at Lake Nona. This collaboration, the first U.S. iconic Smart+ Connected Community, advances the community’s vision of becoming a global model and standard for sustainable urban development to connect healthcare and education, real estate, retail and other community services through a Smart digital infrastructure. Lake Nona was conceived to be an integrated city for working, living, learning and playing and is one of the country’s fastest growing communities with more than 12,000 residents and more than 10 million square feet of residential and commercial facilities. Lake Nona is also one of Florida’s largest economic engines with business clusters committed to advancing developments in the areas of sport and human performance, health and well-being, education, and technology.
In addition to being home to world-class research, recreational facilities, a medical city, diverse workspaces, retail centers, entertainment choices and residential options, Lake Nona is considered an “Aerotropolis”. Situated adjacent to the Orlando International Airport, there are ample opportunities to easily connect workers, suppliers, executives and goods to the global marketplace.
Earlier this week, the U.S. audit, tax, and advisory firm KPMG broke ground for construction of its $400 million learning, development, and innovation facility in Lake Nona, expecting to hire some 330 people statewide over the next three years. The 55-acre, state-of-the-art campus will feature 800,000 square feet of space for meeting functions, classroom and educational activity and dining facilities. With cutting-edge technology that includes an innovation center that will support training and client engagement, KPMG expects to complete the project by year-end 2019. KPMG was #12 on Fortune’s 100 best companies to work for, where staff is “empowered to continue learning.” Workers spend upwards of 50 hours in training per year on average, and 14,700 have official mentors. KPMG also topped the rankings for the Big 4 public accounting firms.
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