NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- KPMG LLP today unveiled plans to build a state-of-the art learning, development, and innovation facility to further enhance the world-class training capabilities it offers to its partners and professionals. The 55-acre campus will be built in the 14-square-mile community of Lake Nona in the City of Orlando, Florida, with construction scheduled to begin in spring 2017.
"At KPMG, we're passionate about developing our people and creating growth opportunities for them," said Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO, KPMG LLP. "This facility is a significant investment that will ensure our partners and professionals continue to have access to leading-edge learning and development opportunities to enrich themselves, stay connected to our inclusive, innovative culture, and remain equipped to deliver the highest quality in this fast-changing marketplace. Delivering a world-class training experience also is an investment in our ability to attract and retain the best talent."
Consistent with KPMG's focus on anticipating and understanding emerging trends, the facility's Innovation Center will provide an immersive learning experience that will enhance the skills KPMG professionals bring to client situations.
The facility also will feature 800 guest rooms, fitness and outdoor recreational facilities, and multiple food and beverage venues – creating an energetic and exciting forum for learning and innovation within a larger community that focuses on inspiring human performance.
"Our center will be the cornerstone of our learning and development strategy, which will continue to blend in-person training and virtual options," said P. Scott Ozanus, Deputy Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, KPMG LLP. "It will give our partners and professionals the benefits of alternating between classroom and field-like training environments for an experience that is interactive, innovative, and collaborative."
Gensler, the New York-based design and architecture firm, will design the complex according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council. KPMG expects to create at least 80 positions to work at the facility and that an additional 250 third-party contract operator positions will be created. KPMG did not disclose terms or estimated costs of the center, which it plans to complete in late 2019.
Lake Nona is a master-designed community in Orlando that includes companies and organizations committed to advancing developments in the areas of sports and human performance, health and wellness, education, and technology. Created by Tavistock Development with its parent company, the international private investment organization Tavistock Group, the fast-growing community has attracted business innovators and residents committed to creating an environment that inspires human potential through innovative collaboration.
"As one of the world's most respected and recognized brands, KPMG's arrival further validates our region's ability to compete on a global scale for eminent blue chip companies, and their presence will further establish the vision of Lake Nona as an epicenter for business innovation," said Rasesh Thakkar, Senior Managing Director of Tavistock Group.
"Lake Nona has become an economic engine for our entire region," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "KPMG's learning, development and innovation facility will build upon Lake Nona's development success, creating more new jobs for Floridians and bringing a continuous economic boost to our community."
"Orange County is extremely pleased to join in announcing KPMG's decision to build their new, innovation-driven global training center in Central Florida, and I look forward to bringing this proposal to our Board of County Commissioners for their consideration later this month," said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. "This project includes 80 high-wage jobs, as well as capital investments of more than $400 million. KPMG executives from across the nation will travel here for extended training, providing us with an excellent opportunity to showcase our world-class community. Their presence in Central Florida signals the strength of our professional service sector, as well as the preparedness of our workforce."
"We believe that Orlando International Airport is a tremendous asset to the regional business community and KPMG's expanded presence significantly enhances further economic growth and business opportunities," says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. "The Authority is honored to be part of the team that is bringing a firm with the intellectual capital of KPMG to this highly skilled and diverse market."
About KPMG LLP
KPMG is one of the world's leading professional services firms, providing innovative business solutions and audit, tax, and advisory services to many of the world's largest and most prestigious organizations.
KPMG is the fastest-growing Big Four professional services firm in the United States and is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career.
Our people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to community service, diversity and inclusion, and eradicating childhood illiteracy.
Learn more at www.kpmg.com/us.
KPMG LLP is the independent U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International").
KPMG International's independent member firms have 189,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners, in 152 countries.
About Lake Nona
Orlando's Lake Nona is one of the top 10, fastest-growing communities in America. The 14-square-mile, master-designed community is home to thoughtfully designed neighborhoods, world-class education facilities, a Health & Life Sciences Cluster, a Sports & Performance District highlighted by USTA's New Home of American Tennis – the largest tennis facility in the country, diverse work spaces, recreational facilities, retail centers, and entertainment venues encompassing the best Orlando has to offer with all the conveniences of a dynamic, vibrant community. Driven by a long-term vision, Lake Nona is committed to building an innovative community that inspires human potential whilst being focused on sustainable design, healthy living, and groundbreaking gigabit fiber optic technology. Adjacent to Orlando International Airport, Lake Nona will feature millions of square feet of commercial space, thousands of hotel rooms, 25,000+ residents and hundreds of shops and restaurants.
Learn more at www.lakenona.com.
About Tavistock Development Company
Tavistock Development Company is a diversified real estate firm owned by Tavistock Group specializing in planning, design, finance, construction and development. Tavistock Development Company's real estate portfolio is highlighted by the 14-square-mile, master-planned community Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida, in addition to its infrastructure network, residential, office and retail development and medical and educational institutions.
For more information, visit tavistockdevelopment.com.
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