Orlando trade show sees EDC pitch for relocation

April 10, 2012 by  

At the plastics trade show held in Orlando, Florida, during the first week in April where over 1,900 companies were present, the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) announced increased efforts to attract companies to relocate their businesses in Orlando and in the central Florida area. The EDC is no doubt using flyer printing and poster printing to announce their efforts at the trade shows so companies will consider central Florida as an opportunity for their headquarters.

The EDC, whose primary purpose is to persuade companies to move to Central Florida, is working closely with Visit Orlando, an agency that influences companies to hold their meetings in Central Florida. The two organizations are looking closely at the trade shows that take place in Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center in order to gather market intelligence about and meet with executives from corporations from around the world.

According to EDC president and chief executive officer, Rick Weddle, the area is popular among tourists but not well known or understood in the corporate community. The EDC is looking to make Orlando a place that companies would consider for a branch office, an expansion or even relocation. Weddle’s goals are to better understand what companies need and how his agency can best meet those needs.

Trade shows have long been popular as the EDC’s primary means for making contact with companies but is now working with Visit Orlando to investigate other events that they both can pursue, not just as a means to increase the convention business in the area but to promote the area as one where businesses would want to make as their central or as one of their locations.