Brazilian Investment in Florida – It’s no secret that Brazilians have maintained a love affair with the State of Florida for many years. What’s not to love?
Long considered the gateway to Latin America, South Florida (Miami) has consistently been a mecca for Brazilian investment offering cultural diversity, a quality lifestyle and a safe haven for international investment. A mere 230 miles to the north, Central Florida (Orlando) also boasts the same desired qualities and is rapidly becoming Florida’s newest investment portal for international investment.
As the 16th largest economy worldwide, the state of florida carries a wealth of value-added benefits to international investors. Central Florida, situated right in the center of the state hosts a population of more than 2.2 million.
Many Brazilian owned small and large firms alike have already called Central Florida home. Brazilian, Flavio Augusto De Silva has pledged his commitment to the region by financially backing the proposed new soccer venue for the Orlando City Soccer Club.
More and more international investors are sinking their investment dollars into the Central Florida region because:
- Globally recognized for its attractions and diversity (live, work, Play environment)
- Thriving location in the center of the state, serving as a gateway into the U.S.
- Supports a multi-faceted, growing economy.
- Diverse, continually growing international community.
- Supports the #1 open international outreach platform through the orange county convention center
- Expanded international air service – TAM airlines began direct service to Rio de Janeiro in 2012.
Several ongoing state and municipal economic development endeavors are merging to catapult central florida into a premier investment position on the international investment stage. The greater Central Florida region , comprised of Orange, Seminole, Polk, Lake, Osceola, Brevard and Volusia counties, is Strategically positioned to provide easy access to the entire State of Florida within hours by automobile.
Accessible via air, rail, road or water, Central Florida provides an intricate network of mobility choices, soon to be enhanced further by the addition of Sunrail, Central Florida’s newest commuter rail system connecting Volusia, Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties (completion 2015), and all aboard Florida, the planned high speed rail connector between Orlando and Miami, targeted to begin service in 2014.
The Orlando International Airport (OIA), the third largest origin & destination airport in the U.S. handled more than 3.7 million International travelers in 2012. TAM airlines introduced its first direct flight to Rio de Janiero in 2012. Port Canaveral (Brevard county) hosts the 2nd largest cruise port in the world. It is also 2nd in line along the Eastern coast behind the Port of Miami for incoming cargo. With the expansion of the Panama canal, Port canaveral is pumping millions of US dollars into securing ongoing cargo service for the state with its two deep-water ports.
What Central Florida also brings to the table, further strengthening its international positioning is its unique industry focus. Known as the technology gateway for the state, Central Florida is rapidly becoming the connection hub for communication and technology (Polk county), connecting not only the state and the nation, but globally as well. Many of the world’s largest communication and technology firms are moving corporate headquarters to Central Florida.
The University of Central Florida (Orlando), ranked 2nd in enrollment in the United States, provides the backdrop for the region’s highly acclaimed research Park, home of some of the world’s largest aeronautics, simulation and engineering firms (both public and private).
The greater Orlando Economic Development group (GOEDG), has taken up the charge to actively promote the Greater Orlando area as a viable international investment hub. The private consortium of Global Development professionals will be hosting the Brazilian International Investment Matchmaking summit in Orlando, Fl. Early spring 2014. The event is designed to introduce qualified Brazilian investors to the region’s civic and business leaders. The three-day event will feature industry and economic overviews as well as highlighted investment opportunities.