Workplace Giving The 2010 Workplace Giving Campaign
provided City employees the opportunity to contribute to several
umbrella organizations or any 501(c)3 of their choice. The umbrella
agencies included America's Charities; Community Health Charities of
Florida; Global Impact; Heart of Florida United Way and United Arts
of Central Florida.
By the end of the campaign, City employees contributed $409,000,
116% of their goal. This accomplishment shows the generosity of City
employees and their dedication to helping our community. Department
awards were presented to the Executive Offices, Families, Parks and
Recreation and Public Works.
The 2010 campaign was co-chaired by Deputy Chief Larry Zweig, OPD,
Deputy Chief John McCormack, OFD, Rosa Akhtarkhavari, Chief
Information Officer, and Alan Oyler, Public Works Director.
Fair Housing Month To commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the passage of Title VIII
of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the Federal Fai Housing Law, Mayor
Dyer proclaimed April “Fair Housing Month” in the City of Orlando.
The Office of Community Affairs is hold
several workshops throughout April to celebrate the event.
to view Awards and Presentations photos from the April 11, 2011 City
Remembering Doris Cater
Commissioner Robert Stuart – I wanted to let you know
how sorry I am for the loss of Doris Cater.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family and all those
who were touched by Doris.
Storm Clean Up Thank You I would like to take a moment and recognize all of our City
staff – including employees from the Police Department, Fire
Department, Emergency Management, Public Works, Solid Waste and
Transportation – you all went above and beyond to ensure our
community’s safety before, during and after the last week’s storms.
I am grateful for your dedication to our citizens. Thank you!
Downtown Orlando Library I would like to congratulate the Downtown Orlando Library on
being awarded the 2011 Library of the Future Award from the American
Library Association and the 2011 Florida Library Innovation Award
from Florida Library Association, for the "Right Service Right Time"
Arbor Day The City of Orlando was recently recognized by the nonprofit
Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for our commitment
to urban forestry. Orlando has earned this national designation for
The Tree City USA project is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation
in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and
the USDA Forest Serivce.
Golden Brick Awards On Thursday, April 7, I was honored to be the keynote speaker at
this year’s Golden Brick Awards. The Downtown Orlando Partnership
holds this event annually and recognizes projects that affect
Downtown development and impact its quality of life.
The City of Orlando was the proud recipient of several awards at
Thursday’s event including the prestigious top Award of Excellence
for our work with the new Amway Center.
Our partners on that project, the Orlando Magic received several
awards as well including one for their spectacular art collection.
Congratulations to Orlando Magic and the City project team.
In total, the Amway Center project received the top Award of
Excellence, 6 golden bricks and 3 silver brick awards.
I also want to take a moment to recognize our fellow Award of
Excellence winners, Bishop John Noonan, Fr. John McCormick and the
congregation of St. James Catholic Cathedral. The renovation of this
Downtown landmark took more than 18 months and in November of last
year I was fortunate to attend their dedication mass. The
renovations are truly remarkable.
Congratulations to all the Golden Brick Winners!
This week is National Architecture Week and just this past Saturday,
I attended Orlando’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design
I was honoured to receive the Award of Merit for raising the design
and development standards and creating a more sustainable community
here in Orlando. I would like to dedicate this award to our entire
City, our staff and our community, who without your hard work and
efforts this would not be possible.
In addition, the Amway Center was recognized with the top Award of
Excellence and the Gieco Garage was also recognized with an award.
The AIA will have a rotating exhibit featuring all of the award
winners, it will be at City Hall, May 23 – June 3. I would like to
everyone here to during that time to take a look at some of these
projects that promote smart growth and urban development throughout
Amway Center LEED Certification
And just last week the Amway Center was also recognized by the U.S.
Green Building Council by receiving GOLD LEED Certification for its
sustainable design and construction elements.
Fear the Beard
Speaking of the Amway Center, home of our Orlando Magic, .just last
week, I proclaimed the City of Orlando, "The City Beard-Is-Full"
during the Orlando Magic’s 2011 NBA Playoff run and encouraged
residents to join the “Fear the Beard” campaign - a different way
for male fans to show their support for the Orlando Magic. Visit
www.orlandofearthebeard.com/ for more information on the campaign
and how to participate.
In addition, I would like to encourage all residents to dress in
Orlando Magic gear or blue and white on game days throughout the
playoffs to show their support…..
And Orlando businesses are encouraged to support the hometown team
by placing signs in windows or offices. Go Magic!
Items of Note
Mayor’s Matching Grant Awards Today on the Consent Agenda, the Council approved
funding for 19 Mayor's Matching Grant projects. These
grants require neighborhood associations, schools and
tax-exempt 501(c)3 organizations to create partnerships
with community partners and the City to offer programs
that address neighborhood needs, engage our City's youth
in constructive, adult-supervised activities during
non-school hours and improve education. These projects
involve hundreds of volunteers and will impact the lives
of thousands of residents and youth throughout the City.
Projects include neighborhood revitalization, mentoring,
creative arts, cultural, career exploration and athletic
Since 2003, the Mayor's Matching Grants program has
assisted 503 organizations and provided more than $2.8
million in funding.
On today’s consent agenda, the City approved a
conditional use permit that will once again allow for an
automobile dealership in Downtown Orlando. The Fields
Mini Cooper dealership on Orange Avenue outgrew their
Downtown location a few years ago. Now, Fields plans to
open a Fiat automotive showroom in that same space. The
Chrysler corporation selected only a few dealers to have
the Fiat franchise in the United States, and we are
pleased that Downtown Orlando will be one of those
Sun Rail Resolution
The Council approved a resolution of support for Sun
Rail today. Each jurisdiction along the 61 mile corridor
has been asked to adopt a similar resolution.
The resolutions will then be advanced to Tallahassee to
reinforce this region’s unwavering support for our
number one priority to members of the Legislature as
well as the Governor. A Full Funding Grant Agreement is
waiting to be advanced to Congress once this project is
given a green light which we hope will happen within the
next two months.
Qualified Tax Incentive Our City staff has done a tremendous amount of due
diligence to bring a Qualified Tax Incentive before
Council today that allows the City, in partnership with
the state, to bring a new company to Orlando that will
create new jobs and expand the high tech industry.
Today, we are approving an incentive that would bring
Row Sham Bow, Inc. to downtown Orlando. Row Sham Bow is
an online game developer. The company is owned and
operated by one of our own Central Florida residents. I
would like to recognize Phil Holt, company CEO, who is
here with us today.
The new company is expected to create 60 jobs over the
next three years paying an average annual wage of
77-thousand dollars -- with the likelihood of continued
job growth and investment.
The State of Florida will provide $570,000 under the QTI
program to Row Sham Bow.
The City will contribute another 114-thousand dollars
over the next 6 years. In helping to bring this new
company to Orlando, we are making a critical investment
in the City’s economy.
District 2 Incubator
The City Council approved an extension of another proven
investment that the City has made to create new jobs and
new businesses; our Orlando UCF Business Incubator.
In 2006, we partnered with the University of Central
Florida (UCF) to launch an incubator. Since then, our
Orlando incubator has served 26 clients, graduated 3
companies and generated 83 new jobs in our community.
This is a proven formula for taking advantage of the
entrepreneurial spirit that exists in our community and
creating new, local companies that boost our economy.
We are excited to keep moving forward with our shared
goal of creating new jobs for our residents by voting to
extend the Business Incubator agreement today.
Transportation Impact Fees
And lastly, the Council heard the first reading
of an ordinance that would waive the collection of
change-in use transportation impact fees for small
businesses for a period of one year.
This exemption would reduce financial barriers for
businesses seeking to expand or locate within the City
and would also promote the absorption of existing vacant
space which directly benefits the City’s tax base. In
addition, exempting the fees allows the business to
direct more of their funds to growing their business and
creating jobs for our residents.
We are pleased to support the growth and expansion of
businesses, and the creation of jobs at those
businesses, within the City of Orlando through the
transportation impact fee payment plan and this
Downtown Signage Also on Monday, Council heard the first reading of
an ordinance that amends our land development code to
create four special Downtown signage districts and
establishes new regulations for signs that will reflect
the character of each district.
Our Downtown businesses sought this signage enhancement
out and the City has been working closely with them to
develop this plan that aligns with our Downtown design
standards and actively promotes our vibrant and active
Currently our sign code limits signage to traditional
signs and there is no differentiation in the types of
signs that are allowed in Downtown or outside of
Downtown. These new provisions will allow more
flexibility to incorporate emerging signage
technologies, which will enliven and further define
Downtown Orlando as Central Florida’s premiere
entertainment, cultural and retail destination.