Winning — A Relative Term

April 25, 2011

Winning, as we have seen in the post Two-and-Half-Men saga is a relative term. 

Indeed, there are certain recognitions you tout, others you may want to sweep under the rug.  This month,Orlando had the honor of appearing on three separate recognition-type lists this month. 

 First, Kiplinger.com namedOrlandoas one of the nation’s 11 comeback cities for 2011, in a list of cities whose unemployment rates have exceeded the national average, but are showing strong signs of a rebound. Kiplinger forecasts job growth at 2.9 percent inOrlando, with an emphasis on health care and life sciences, as well as hospitality and tourism. All good.

Next, hearing that the Orlandoarea ranked 35th in the ‘small business vitality standings’ of 100 major metropolitan areas, sounded like more good news on the surface. However, rated by The Business Journals, the online arm of American City Business Journals, Inc., the report shows Orlando dropped from number 17 last year and from 7th in 2009. Not so good.

And finally, Playboy released its list of the top 10 party schools in the country — and there at number nine was theUniversity ofCentral Florida. TheUniversity ofColorado took top honors, unseating last year’s number party school,Texas. 

Really? I don’t think that’s what the epicenter of ‘MedicalCity’ was looking for.