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Your Voice Matters

Help Shape Orlando’s Future

Orlando 2045 Regional Vision

The future of the Orlando region is being shaped through a 20-year visioning project called Orlando 2045; Igniting Orlando’s Potential. This collaborative effort, spearheaded by the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP), with expertise provided by NEXT Generation Consulting (NGC), aims to chart a course for the region’s economic prosperity and competitiveness by 2045.  

The NGC team, along with OEP staff, investors, community and government leaders, is examining demographics, business trends, and other prevailing economic winds to strategize how the three-county Orlando metro area can grow its economy, best serve its expanding population, and otherwise position itself for the midpoint of the 21st Century.

Imagine Orlando

in 2045

Will Orlando capitalize on its strengths, take advantage of its greatest opportunities, navigate around anticipated challenges, and harness the power of collaboration and partnership to create a future that benefits us all?

Our region’s business, elected, community, and everyday leaders hold the key to unlocking Orlando’s next 20 years. We’re embarking on a groundbreaking initiative to shape the region’s strategic plan, and your voice is crucial to this conversation.

To help explain the visioning process, Orlando Economic Partnership President and CEO Tim Giuliani sat down with NEXT Generation Consulting, Inc. Futurist Rebecca Ryan to share more details on how it works.

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How the Visioning Process Works

The visioning process relies on input from various stakeholders and government partners in the Orlando area and other business leaders, chambers of commerce, nonprofits, and others.

Representatives of these groups, with the help of the steering committee, will help guide the process by:

  • Responding to two surveys
  • Attending meetings and workshop activities
  • Narrowing ideas down to achievable strategies to help the metro area grow into the place it wants to be.
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Visioning Surveys

Through a process known as a Delphi Panel, we identified key themes that indicate the direction of the Orlando and Central Florida region. We then explored how likely substantial improvement or progress will be made on each theme by the year 2045 in addition to their anticipated impact.

Thank you to all who took the time to weigh in on the future of the Orlando and Central Florida region by 2045 and contributing to this vital initiative by completing the survey series.

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The Big Sort

Registration Closed

Wednesday, May 22 or Thursday, May 23, 2024
Varsity Club at Camping World Stadium

1 Citrus Bowl Place | Orlando, FL 32805
(Parking is complimentary)

The Big Sort is an opportunity for seasoned leaders, decision makers and emerging leaders to come together and have a fruitful conversation about Orlando’s future.

The process takes the form of a series of game-like workshops that bring together a broad range of leaders to discuss and prioritize trends in society, technology, environment, economy, and politics that are most likely to impact Orlando.

At the end of the game, all participants have evaluated dozens of trends that will impact Orlando’s future, and weighted them based on the region’s readiness.​ The results from these workshops will help fundamentally shape the new set of strategic directions and priorities.


  • Wednesday, May 22 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 22 | 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 23 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

*Each workshop is four (4) hours and will be facilitated by the leadership of NEXT Generation Consulting.

How The Big Sort Works

During each workshop, diverse teams of Orlando’s business, community and elected leaders play a tabletop card game that encourages relationship-building and cross-pollination of insight and ideas.  

Participants answer two questions about each trend: ​

  • How certain are we that this trend will affect Orland metro through 2045? (low/high)​
  • How much impact will this trend have on our future? (low/high)​
  • How ready is our region for each high certainty–high impact trend?​
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Orlando Economic Partnership President and CEO Tim Giuliani

“Without a clear vision, we can be very well-intentioned. But if all the arrows point in different directions and we’re not in alignment, how will our efforts add up…”

– Tim Giuliani

President & CEO, Orlando Economic Partnership

Meet the Team

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The Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP) has retained NEXT Generation Consulting, Inc. (NGC, rebeccaryan.com) to lead a Strategic Foresight process to develop a strategic plan for the Orlando region. Founded by Rebecca Ryan, NEXT Generation Consultingis a forecasting consultancy based in Madison, WI, with the mission is to leave the world a better place for future generations.

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David Brown serves as project leader. He is a 40 year veteran of Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organization leadership in Michigan, Indiana, South Carolina and Nebraska. He recently retired as president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber, one of the nation’s largest and most highly accredited chambers. Under his leadership, the Chamber partnered with the United Way of the Midlands and the Urban League of Nebraska to develop Omaha 2040, a 20-year vision for the region. David joined NGC in May of 2022 as lead consultant, bringing a client perspective to the team. David served as the Board chair for the American Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and led ACCE’s Horizons 2025 initiative. David is a graduate of Dartmouth College with academic specialties in industrial location and environmental studies. David works from Omaha, NE.  LinkedIn

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Rebecca Ryan, APF is a futurist, economist, consultant, and author of The Next Big Things: The Next 20 Years in Local Government (2015); ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders (2013); and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007). Rebecca will facilitate most meetings and workshops and support the project’s management. Rebecca is the founder and owner of NEXT Generation Consulting and has held residencies at the Alliance for Innovation, the Governing Institute, the Association of Government Risk Pools (AGRiP), among others. She has a professional certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston and BA degrees with honors in Economics and International Relations from Drake University. Rebecca works from Madison, WI. LinkedIn

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Yasemin Arikan, MA will serve as the project research lead. Yas is a futurist who uses foresight and social science methods to help clients understand how the future could be different from today and then use these insights to inform strategy and vision. Her background includes developing and using scenarios with public sector clients and allies. Earlier in her career she developed national and local scenarios on the futures of public health in 2030 for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, among other projects in health and healthcare. A native speaker of German and Turkish, she earned degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Rochester and the University of Chicago. Yas works from Northern Virginia.  LinkedIn

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