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Gateway Orlando – 2015

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total improvements31
amount invested$8,172,999
businesses opened40
jobs created105
volunteer hours2,958
value of volunteer hours$68,241
private dollars invested$35,282.77

“I’ve enjoyed my membership with Gateway Orlando. I was able to reach the Semoran market through the public safety committee and Gateway Orlando’s relationship with the City. I look forward to helping the community alongside Orlando Police Department by informing the residents of the many beneficial products that my company offers.”
-William Ortiz, ADT Residential Account Executive


About Gateway Orlando
gatewayLocated in the southeast section of Orlando, Gateway Orlando is the spine of east Orlando, connecting the City’s two major airports. It is also the primary route for visitors between the airport and critical destinations including Downtown Orlando and the University of Central Florida. In the last 10 to 15 years, neighborhoods surrounding this corridor have taken on an increasingly Hispanic or Latino character, while at the same time maintaining the strong values and home ownership that have always existed in this part of Orlando. The vibrant energy brought forth during this transition has created a virtual melting pot district experiencing an urban revival. Having a history that is barely 50 years old, Gateway Orlando joins the Orlando Main Street program as the City’s first Market Street District.

2015 Accomplishments

  • Third Annual Trunk-O-Treat
  • ohquebuenoRenewal and recruitment of several key sustainer, partner, and supporter level members
  • Second Jazz Fiesta 
  • Third Annual School Supply Drive 
  • Gateway Orlando received $5,000 from Wells Fargo to purchase additional banners for the district
  • Completed rebranding of website, added board shirts and professional name badges
  • Hosted Charity Golf Tournament at Corridor Country Club, donated a portion of the proceeds to Friends of Children & Families
  • Partnered with East Orlando Chamber to host annual Business Expo, with over 60 businesses participating
  • Hosted Back-to-School celebration for the East Orlando Community where they raised funds, gift cards and school supplies to donate to Colonial High School and Three Points Elementary
  • Participated in and hosted Hispanic Heritage and History Events to educate local business owners and celebrate Hispanic culture
  • Gateway Orlando Organization Committee received “first-ever” Main Street Award for the 2014 Annual Trunk-O-Treat
  • Hosted Small Business Saturday at Semoran Park Plaza, engaging community and local businesses with giveaways and promotions
  • Worked with local business owners to navigate permitting processes within the City of Orlando
  • Educated local businesses on grant and facade programs offered by the City and Orange County
  • Educated local business owners on tools available through Orange County Appraisers Office to help with marketing and public information
  • Supported local nonprofit, Feed and Fortify to collect food and gifts throughout the year
  • Supported Dover Shores Elementary by buying holiday gifts and co-hosting a holiday dinner for families in transition
  • Provided toys to local business owners to support giving to children in need during the holidays
  • Participated with The Libre Initiative to provide workshops and panel discussion educating women about how to start a business in East Orlando
  • Board members engaged with John Maxwell Mastermind class to strengthen and enhance leadership skills

2015 Events – more than 1,800 attendees

  • airportNetworking Group, monthly
  • Corridor Coffee Connection, monthly
  • Lunch and Learn, monthly
  • Third Annual Trunk-O-Treat
  • Jazz Fiesta
  • Business Development workshop
  • City of Orlando One Person, One Tree program
  • For the Love of Golf After Hours
  • Conway Farmers Market
  • First Charity Golf Tournament
  • Great Gatsby After Hours
  • Back-to-School Celebration