New Central Florida economic development and chamber group names Tim Giuliani as CEO


Tim Giuliani has been tapped as the new head of Central Florida’s soon-to-be-announced economic development/chamber group.

The organization will be officially named in March, and its purpose will be to oversee “strategic efforts to bring more high-wage jobs to Central Florida while promoting and enhancing the region’s dynamic business climate and quality of life,” according to a press release.

It was created from the merger of the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) and the Central Florida Partnership (CFP), which includes the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, the release states.

Giuliani was most recently the president of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce in North Carolina. He was also the president of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce before that.

“Tim brings tremendous leadership experience, particularly in managing a combined economic development/chamber organization, as well as a keen understanding of today’s workforce,” says Robert Utsey, co-chairman of the economic/chamber group and senior vice president of business development for Skanska USA Building Inc.

Giuliani said he’s excited to be returning to the Central Florida area and to helm the initiative to create jobs and a prospering economy for the area.

“Central Florida has reached an exciting and significant stage in its economic progress,” Giuliani says. “This is an amazing community full of promise and talent and ingenuity. Working closely with the Board of Directors and our public/private and civic partners, I am incredibly excited to take a page from the new campaign – Orlando: You don’t know the half of it – and spread the word about all of the dynamic aspects of living and working in Central Florida.”

The campaign he’s referring to is put out by the Economic Development Commission, and aims to show businesses the myriad reasons why they should locate in Central Florida.

Larry Griffin


  • Sadie Sue

    January 11, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Sure hope Tim will do something about all the apartment complex developers being
    allowed permits to build everywhere. They are being built next to homeowner subdivisions everywhere. We are sick of the lack of planning for complexes. They make our home values go down, bring in traffic congestion and more crime. When I bought my home in 2010 the neighborhood was nice but now construction of these apts and storage complexes closeby are causing the neighborhood to go downhill. Why cant we have more
    discretion on planned neighborhoods, more environment for animals and trees to be among our neighborhoods rather than concrete jungle, more jogging and bikepaths to bring in a scenic effect that will increase our home value. Our neighborhoods are getting
    more crime and if we aren’t getting robbed, the tourists are. Crime is not getting better
    in Orlando, its getting worse. If we don’t get more lighting/security/less construction in our neighborhoods it will only get worse. Take pointers from retired Sheriff McKeithan from Bay county FL. He cleaned up crime in Panama city, FL. Take pointers from planned neighborhoods like Seaside, FL and Celebration, FL. Lets keep the trees and integrate them with our housing.

  • Old Crow

    January 13, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Welcome Tim!!!

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