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Mills 50 – 2016

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total improvements19
amount invested$1,178,343
businesses opened13
jobs created122
volunteer hours1,256
value of volunteer hours$28,976
private dollars invested$62,400

“I love the community spirit we experience as members of Mills 50. It has been a joy to meet our fellow business neighbors and share ideas at the Business After Hours events. It’s exciting to watch our business district expand and be more inviting to Central Florida residents.”

Betsy Hughes
President, Track Shack

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About Mills 50 District
mills50signVisitors will discover a unique blend of independent businesses that specialize in holistic living services, massage therapy, yoga, acupuncture and martial arts. Mills 50 is also home to tattoo studios, visual artists, design studios, photographers, hair salons, restaurants, bakeries, bars, unique shops as well as a winery and brewery.

2016 Accomplishments

  •  Received National Main Street Accreditation for the sixth year in a row
  •  Produced a 2016 calendar featuring the “art dumpsters”
  • Transformed 25 storm drains into “art drains” using local artists
  • Received the Design Award for the “art drain” project at the Orlando Main Street Awards
  • Co-sponsored and produced the Fifth Annual Dragon Parade/Lunar New Year Festival; attended by more than 8,500 people
  • Had local artists paint four “Pulse Tribute” murals and three “You Matter” murals
  • Installed #OrlandoUnited bibs on all Mills 50 banners
  • Sponsored the annual “Back to School” and “Holiday Food Drive” for Ferncreek Elementary School to provide snacks for the students to take home on the weekends and during holiday break
  • Encouraged businesses to participate in Small Business Saturday and provided recyclable bags, door mats, balloons, posters and marketing materials to those businesses who participated
  • Hosted five Business After Hours networking events for business and residential members
  • Hosted four Hump Day Happy Hour and Art Strolls, designed to increase awareness of Mills 50 and participating businesses
  • Hosted four pub crawls – Annual St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl, Annual Approximately 12 Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl, Annual First Day of Fall Pub Crawl and the Pokemon Go Pub Crawl
  • Sponsored a Business Security/Graffiti Information session
  • Hosted the “Mills 50 Madcap”, a scavenger hunt utilizing the Distrx app
  • Organized a “GreenUp” for volunteers to trim, mulch and fertilize the eight Chinese Fan palm trees along Mills Avenue
  • Produced “Music on Mills”, a one day music and art festival featuring live music on two outdoor stages and three indoor stages as well as an outdoor art/vendor market
  • Conducted the #Mills50 local campaign, which encouraged residents to join Mills 50 and receive coupons, offering free or discounted goods and services from Mills 50 businesses
  • Mills 50 art boxes, art dumpsters and art drains were named “Best Public Art” in the Orlando Weekly “Best of 2016” awards
  • Increased Facebook and Twitter followers to 13,000

2016 Events – more than 10,335 attendees

  • Music on Mills
  • Dragon Parade/Lunar New Year Festival
  • Breakfast for Dinner
  • Holiday Food Drive for Fern Creek Elementary
  • Back to School Food Drive for Fern Creek Elementary 
  • 5 Business After Hours
  • 4 Pub Crawls – Annual St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl, Annual Approximately 12 Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl, Annual First Day of Fall Pub Crawl and the Pokemon Go Pub Crawl
  • 4 Hump Day Happy Hour & Art Strolls
  • Mills 50 Madcap
  • Business Security/Information Session
  • GreenUp

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