September 23, 2013
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State of Downtown
The Downtown Orlando Partnership (DOP) will be hosting my annual
State of the Downtown Address on Thursday, October 10, at the Amway
Center from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. This luncheon serves as a
fundraiser for the Downtown Orlando Partnership. If you are
interested in purchasing tickets, visit the DOP's website:
If you are unable to attend the luncheon, I encourage you visit
CityofOrlando.net where we will be streaming my address
live and learn about the State of OUR Downtown.
Have you noticed the construction fences popping up around Downtown?
Well, they are the beginning stages of the See Art Orlando
sculptures. On November 18, See Art Orlando will hold a free
community event to unveil the eight pieces of permanent art that are
going up throughout Downtown. For more information, go to
Items of Note
QTI & Seminole County
Funding for Soccer
On Monday, the Council approved two items
related to the City’s efforts to bring a major league franchise to
Orlando. The first was a funding agreement with Seminole County who
supports the construction of a new soccer stadium in Downtown
Orlando. Orlando City Soccer's youth soccer facilities are in
Seminole County and their youth soccer competitions draw teams from
around the country to our region.
The second item is a Qualified Target Industry Tax
Refund for Orlando City Soccer. As a major league soccer team,
Orlando City Soccer will be expanding their current operations and
will create 35 new jobs.
EDO Funding Agreements
On Monday, the City renewed the funding
agreements with the City’s partner economic development
organizations. Our partner agencies are able to provide technical
assistance and educational programming to local entrepreneurs,
attract new business investment and promote the City of Orlando to a
global audience. Ultimately, this facilitates capital investment in
our community and creates jobs for our residents.
District 5 & Broadband
The City Council also continued the
District 5 Broadband Technology Project. The program provides
opportunities for youth and adults in the Parramore area to explore
technology, including mobile learning, and to build their digital