Central Florida and Lake Nona construction industry sees bright future amid pandemic

Dated: April 16 2021

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — For local tourism and economic development leaders, a Department of Labor recalculation made for disappointing news when it comes to Central Florida's economic recovery.

"It muted the comeback, if you will. It suggested the return of industries wasn’t as optimistic as we thought," said Dale A. Brill, the senior vice president of research at Orlando Economic Partnership. “It was a little more drag on the economy than we had hoped. Let’s use the data to look forward."

And in their focus on the future and economic gains painted by the fresh data set, Brill said that he sees promise in the construction industry right now.

According to the partnership, Central Florida's construction industry is 2.7% below pre-pandemic levels of employment, outpacing the national average of 3.8%.

“Over the course of 2020, we doubled our manpower, from 65 to 130 folks on the craft side of it," said Greg King, SurePods assistant general manager. “If you would’ve talked to us about a year ago … definitely a different mindset than we have right now."

As the pandemic began, the company behind big projects, like modular spaces in KPMG Lakehouse in Lake Nona, saw contracts dry up.

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