The state of Florida is renowned for its focus on education and the schools in Southeast Orlando are no different. Public schools in the area are part of the Orange County Public Schools System, an educational body that exemplifies excellence. The system has 74 schools that have received the coveted Five Star Award, which recognizes community involvement in the areas of business partnerships, family involvement, volunteers, student community service and School Advisory Council. The Southeast Orlando expansion plan will also serve to bring new schools to the city with a focus on placing schools within walking distance of residential neighborhoods. The overall goal is to reduce traffic while creating a sense of an intimate community where safe and lighted bike and walk paths network throughout the city.
Economy and Job Market
The City of Orlando has declared Southeast Orlando as its future growth center. Located adjacent to the Orlando International Airport and distanced 10-20 miles from downtown Orlando, this section of the city is poised for an economic boon in the next decade. The proposed expansion will build upon the already serene and dynamic Southeast Orlando landscape that today is defined by luxurious homes, breathtaking lakes and green acreage, award-winning golf courses and tennis centers, restaurants, shopping centers and entertainment complexes. The urban expansion will introduce upscale, master-planned communities to the area in addition to new business parks and schools. A high-speed rail system linking Tampa, Orlando and Miami with a hub at the international airport nearby is also in the works.
Southeast Orlando is already home to Innovation Way, which is a 17-mile corridor lined with hundreds of companies in a variety of industries. The Central Florida Research Park is considered the seventh largest of its kind in the country, and is home to over 120 companies staffing more than 9,000 jobs. Other large employers based on Innovation Way include Burnham Institute for Medical Research, the University of Central Florida's Medical School, Veterans Hospital, Nemours, CuraScript, and game software maker n-Space. The economy is strong and will continue to improve with the many new projects that are currently underway to make Southeast Orlando a major economic center along the east coast.
Attractions and Points of Interest
World famous theme parks and cultural attractions in the form of museums, theatres, performing arts centers, concert halls and art houses are located throughout Metro Orlando. Proximity to these attractions is a short commute away for residents living in the more quiet neighborhoods that comprise Southeast Orlando. For those who’d like to stay close to home, this area is populated with many spring-filled lakes that locals can enjoy year-round. From fishing, boating and swimming, to canoeing and rafting, the public lakes make for great family retreats. Southeast Orlando also has its fair share of challenging golf courses, modern tennis centers, and expansive parks that feature baseball diamonds, soccer fields, basketball courts and lighted tennis courts. The area is home to many country clubs, as well as public venues such as community centers, shopping malls and entertainment complexes where going to dinner and a movie can be accomplished all in one stop. In fact, the planned development in Southeast Orlando will adopt this same concept to transform this part of the metropolis into a truly unique walking city with a sophisticated public transportation network.
Parks and Recreations
Residents of Southeast Orlando embrace outdoor recreational activity. Parks and other public areas throughout this part of the city are full of amenities for people of all ages to enjoy. From safe and secure play areas for children to sports fields for active adults, the Parks and Recreations Department works diligently to ensure an active lifestyle. Many lakes and lush, green open spaces grace the area and thanks to over 300 days of sunshine a year, make for great escapes from the busy workweek. In the future, the city plans to enhance an already complex network of hiking and biking paths to link all of the points of interest in Southeast Orlando. New residential communities will be supported by new parks and recreational areas. The need to commute around town will be minimized, putting city amenities as close to the doorsteps of residents as possible. Southeast Orlando residents benefit from the many lakes and waterways in the area, as well as the many more developed parks located near homes. Water sports abound, as do intramural programs for everything from volleyball to soccer.