I-4 Corridor

Floridians are going to the polls on March 17 for the state’s presidential primary. This election cycle, WUSF is focusing on the issues rather than the political horse race.

To do that, WUSF has teamed up with reporters at NPR member station WMFE in Orlando for I-4 Votes, a collaboration covering the election issues that matter to those living along the I-4 corridor.

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Senator Bernie Sanders is the latest 2020 presidential candidate to open a campaign office in Central Florida. The Winter Park office will be used for grassroots training and events.

An effort to crack down on alleged fraud in the auto-glass repair industry, particularly along the Interstate 4 corridor, is spurring an insurance battle in the state Legislature.

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Entrepreneur Richard Branson is adding his name and money to a new privately-owned rail line in Florida. The branding comes at an important time for the new service, as its expanding to Orlando.

Mary Shedden

This week on Florida Matters we discuss the key races in the upcoming general election and the power wielded by voters in the Interstate 4 corridor.

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Residents of Tampa and Orlando might finally be getting a solution to the dreaded Interstate 4 traffic. The Florida Department of Transportaion is taking bids from private companies to build a high-speed rail between the two cities.

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Interstate 4 is the deadliest road in the U.S., according to a study produced by Teletrac Navman, a transportation technology company.

Between 2011 and 2015, federal data shows there were more than 165 deaths on the 132 mile interstate. The stretch of I-4 running through Orlando was the deadliest part of the interstate with 19 deaths.

The I-4 corridor is considered vital to the presidential election -- the swing region in the swing state. Teaming up with NPR member station WMFE in Orlando, we're taking a trip down I-4, with a look at each county and its politics.

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This time of year, towns across the country are celebrating autumn, hosting outdoor festivals where firefighters are selling barbecue, bands play danceable tunes from the '70s and '80s and local vendors hawk jewelry, T-shirts and artwork.

In Pass-A-Grille Beach, the southernmost spot along the Pinellas County coast, its "Party Under the Lights" event is a few degrees warmer than fall festivals up north.


Small, Puerto Rican flags dangle over dashboards at a busy intersection in Kissimmee. The sound of salsa echoes from the parking lot of popular supermarket where a lunchtime rush of people heads in for arepas, arroz con pollo, and other tasty delights.

“There’s a lot more people here now,” says Emma Ramos.

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University of Central Florida

Orange County is a Democratic strong hold – but it wasn’t always that way. As the county got younger and younger, the area became more blue.

Back in the 1980s, Orange County was a Republican stronghold – voters overwhelmingly chose Ronald Reagan in those elections. But in the next two-decades, that margin started to slim.

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It’s a hit. Spectators cheer and volunteers help as a child with special needs runs toward first base, his baseball helmet bobbing loosely on his head.

Anne Aranda of Sanford is among the parents watching from the stands at Eastmonte Park in Altamonte Springs. Her 13- and 12-year-old boys are among the volunteers.

She says it’s her busy family life that prevents her from deciding how to vote in this neck-and-neck presidential race.

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As we continue our series on the impact of the Interstate 4 corridor on the presidential election, we take a closer look at the biggest county - Hillsborough.

Hillsborough County is considered so vital to the national election that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have already held seven rallies here. 

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Right in the middle of the I-4 corridor sits Polk County -- rural and conservative and largely Republican. But changing demographics could mean a close election there for President.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump got an enthusiastic reception when he campaigned in Lakeland recently, and he probably noticed that Polk County -- to coin a phrase --  is really "huge". It's about the size of Delaware, and for the past 20 years, the Republican party has dominated the political scene there.

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The I-4 Corridor stretches from Daytona Beach to Tampa, and has become a symbolic battleground in the one of the most coveted states in the race for the White House. But who are the people living in and voting in these communities? WUSF has teamed up with our sister station WMFE in Orlando to take a trip down the Interstate to learn more about these coveted voters.  Our trip starts in Volusia County.

Florida's I-4 Corridor is a High-Tech Hotbed

Sep 10, 2013

Nowhere is the transformation of Florida from an economy based on retirees and agriculture to innovation more evident than along what’s known as the Florida High-Tech Corridor. It's a 23-county area that runs from Tampa through Orlando to the Space Coast and bumps up to include Gainesville and Alachua County. From medical device manufacturers in Clearwater to simulation companies in Orlando to avionics suppliers on the Space Coast, the region’s diverse industry clusters encompass close to 20,000 businesses and more than a quarter of a million employees with an average salary of more than $77,000.