Situated within the University Corridor (S.R. 417 & S.R. 434) at the cusp of the SeminoleWAY project (a high-tech corridor along S.R. 417 that will serve as an extension of the Orange County Innovation Way), while located just minutes from downtown Orlando, both Orlando and Orlando-Sanford International Airports, the University of Central Florida and its new “Medical City,” Seminole State College of Florida, Kennedy Space Center and pristine beaches, ports and world-renowned tourist destinations, the Oviedo-Winter Springs area is positioned for dynamic business growth and success.
Our area further entices new development, growth and expansion through possessing a qualified and educated workforce, “A” rated schools, parks and recreation facilities that are second-to-none, incentives offered by our cities and county and, of course, lots of Florida “sunshine.”
Retail, finance, real estate, insurance and all facets of the service industry thrive within our positive business climate. Through projects such as “Medical City,” Innovation Way and SeminoleWAY, coupled with our proximity to the nation’s second largest research institution in UCF, the entire University Corridor is beginning to experience economic diversification in the biotech and other high-tech industries.
Further, Florida possesses an environment designed for growth and expansion by not having a personal income tax, thus allowing more entrepreneurs the ability to invest more into their business. In fact, Florida ranks #5 nationally, which is #1 in the Southeast among states in a 2012 Tax Foundation study of business-friendly tax climates.
Being centrally located has its advantages as well. Situated within a 20 minute drive of two international airports, convenient to I-4, and just minutes from SR 417, one finds easy access to anywhere in the state or world. And, of course, the ever present “small town” atmosphere is what sets the Oviedo-Winter Springs area apart from other areas in Central Florida.
In fact, every year since the “merger” which created the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2007, the City of Oviedo, the City of Winter Springs, both, or jointly have received local and/or national recognition for the quality of life provided to residents and businesses.
The accolades began in 2007 when the City of Winter Springs was chosen as one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” by CNN Money Magazine. The same publication also selected the City of Oviedo as one of its “Top 100″ in 2009 and again recognized Winter Springs in 2011.
2008 brought the Orlando Sentinel’s recognition of the Oviedo-Winter Springs area as the “Best Place to Live in Central Florida” according to its annual “101 Best of Orlando.”
The City of Winter Springs has most recently been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Safest Cities in America” in 2013 by Location Inc. and the “Best City in Florida for Young Adults” for 2014 by CreditDonkey.com
The City of Oviedo was rated a “Top 100 City” for three consecutive years (2009, 2010 & 2011) by Relocate America, one of the “10 Best Towns for Families” for 2011 by Family Circle Magazine and “The Best Place to Raise Kids in Florida 2013″ by Businessweek.
So, whether you are a Fortune 500 corporation or a “home-based” business, our area has much to offer all entrepreneurial and business-minded individuals.
Chamber Economic Development/Government Affairs Committee Page, http://www.oviedowintersprings.org/getinvolved/committees/economic-development-government-affairs/
City of Oviedo’s Economic Development Website, http://cityofoviedo.net/node/2056
City of Winter Springs’ Economic Development Website, http://www.winterspringsfl.org/wintersprings.biz/
Seminole County Economic Development Website, https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/businesses/economic-development/