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OEP Teams Up with Stetson University to Bolster the Orlando Region’s Economic Insights

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The Orlando Economic Partnership is teaming up with Stetson University’s Center for Public Opinion Research. From left to right are Yiorgos Bakamitsos, PhD, Dean of the Stetson School of Business Administration; Liam Leider, Manager of Stetson’s CPOR; Steven Smallpage, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science at Stetson and Director of CPOR; Nicholas Abrahams, OEP Senior Vice President of Partnerships & Regional Investment; and Neil Hamilton, OEP Vice President of Market Intelligence. Photo / Stetson University 

Orlando, FL — The Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP) enters a strategic partnership with Stetson University’s Center for Public Opinion Research (CPOR) to generate more comprehensive economic reporting in the Orlando region.   

The 12-month pilot, commencing in October, focuses on strengthening the OEP’s intelligence on the Orlando business community. Monthly and quarterly reports will provide timely insights to shape policies and initiatives. 

This partnership will empower the OEP with comprehensive survey research services, including data collection, questionnaire design, analysis, and reporting, to better understand and serve Central Florida’s economic landscape. 

By teaming up with Stetson University’s Center for Public Opinion Research, we gain access to state-of-the-art research capabilities that will bolster our ability to measure and understand the local economy, which will help inform our strategies and, ultimately, drive sustainable growth and prosperity in the Orlando region.

Tim Giuliani,
OEP president and CEO

The OEP advances Broad-based Prosperity® to all who live, work, learn and play in the Orlando region by supporting key industries and enhancing the region’s competitiveness on a national and international scale, making this partnership crucial to our mission.  

CPOR, the newly created survey research center at Stetson University, specializes in delivering high-quality public opinion research services across various domains, including market research, public policy analysis, and social trends. With seasoned researchers and cutting-edge methodologies, CPOR provides invaluable insights for informed decision-making based on reliable data. 

Launching this partnership with OEP opens new doors of opportunity to grow our industry collaborations while reinforcing the strength of the Stetson brand.

Steven Smallpage, PhD,
CPOR Director and Associate Professor of Political Science at Stetson University

“It’s a unique opportunity to further expand experiential learning at Stetson, providing our students with real-world experiences to learn state-of-the-art methodologies with real clients and real data.” 

Steven Alexander, Chair of the Stetson Board of Trustees and a former member of the OEP board, added that “this partnership furthers the mission of Stetson’s Center for Public Opinion Research to grow, providing more opportunities for student researchers to gain hands-on learning in these fields. Stetson brings a trusted name to economic research and strengthens OEP’s role in offering the best information available to Central Florida businesses.” 

Results from the partnership will be reported both monthly, within the Partnership’s current Orlando MSA Market Update, and quarterly with the launch of a new flagship report, debuting in January 2024 and covering the final quarter of 2023. 

Economic development organizations too often fail to include timely local evidence when seeking to understand their local economies and develop strategy.

Neil Hamilton,
OEP vice president of market intelligence

“Our partnership with CPOR strengthens the OEP’s dedication to becoming a data-driven organization equipped to address opportunities and challenges facing our local businesses more effectively, ensuring Orlando thrives in its unique environment. This evidence-led approach empowers us to craft responsive programs, fostering a future of strategic growth.” 

In addition to ongoing surveys of OEP investors through the Partnership Panel, CPOR will establish the Orlando Business Panel, enriching data resources for informed economic strategies. The collaboration aims to enhance Orlando’s economic prosperity through timely, data-driven insights. 

This partnership underscores both organizations’ commitment to innovation, investment attraction, job creation, and enhancing Central Florida’s national and international competitiveness. 


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About the Orlando Economic Partnership 
The Orlando Economic Partnership (the OEP) is the Orlando region’s economic and community development organization that is seizing the moment to advance Broad-based Prosperity® by growing the diversity of the economy and driving investment into the region. The Partnership catalyzes the collaborative ethos of the region to fuel regional leadership and improve the region’s competitiveness. Learn why opportunity in Orlando is Unbelievably Real™ at 

About Stetson University’s Center for Public Opinion Research (CPOR):  
CPOR is a reputable survey research center affiliated with Stetson University. Specializing in high-quality and accurate public opinion research services, CPOR assists organizations in making informed decisions based on reliable data. With experienced researchers and cutting-edge methodologies, CPOR offers comprehensive insights into public sentiment across various domains, including market research, public policy analysis, and social trends analysis.

About Stetson University 
Founded in 1883, Stetson University combines academic excellence in more than 100 areas of study with rich opportunities for experiential learning, including study abroad, internships and student research. Students enjoy small class sizes on this diverse, vibrant campus and they receive individual attention from first-rate faculty. Stetson ranks No. 4 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 list of Best Regional Universities (South) and was named one of The Princeton Review’s Best 389 Colleges for 2024.