Mayor Dyer’s General Items of Note:
At our last Budget Workshop there was discussion about where the City has cut expenses over the last five years. In order to provide an in-depth overview we have scheduled a special Budget work session on June 9. Each Department Director will give an overview of the cuts to services and personnel they have made during this time.
Meet the Chief events
Recognizing the important role our community plays in keeping Orlando neighborhoods safe and that resident engagement is a proven-effective way to reduce crime we have launched a Meet the Chief series. To strengthen the partnership with Orlando citizens in the fight against crime and introduce our new Chief to the community. Myself, Police Chief John Mina and our City Commissioners will host these “Meet the Chief” events this summer in each district throughout the City.
The events will provide an opportunity for Orlando’s new Police Chief to meet directly with the residents and businesses he is charged with keeping safe and provide important information about ways residents can partner with the City to combat crime.
The first event is in District 1 on May 19th at Northlake Park Elementary from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Agenda Items of Note:
QTI – Navis
Today, we considered a Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund Resolution supporting the expansion of Buehner-Fry, Inc. better known as Navis into the City of Orlando.
Navis provides innovative business solutions to hotels worldwide. In order to be closer to their east coast client base and provide an opportunity to expand their international client base, the company has plans to develop its eastern regional headquarters in Orlando.
Navis will create 67 new high-wage, high-value jobs.
C#9 — Orlando Tech Association
In 2007, the City launched the Orlando Main Street Program to help revitalize our neighborhood commercial corridors. Since then, the program has grown to eight districts and has impacted our community greatly – having created more than 3,000 jobs and $500 million in economic impact. Just as important as enhancing commerce, these districts have helped create a stronger sense of place in our City.
At the State of the City address, we announced adding the City’s first “Digital Main Street,” or “E-Street” as we’re calling it. The Orlando Tech Association will be the newest district to join the Orlando Main Street Program. And while this is a district with no geographical boundaries, it will be a virtual community district that uses the principals of the Orlando Main Street Program to strengthen our booming tech industry.
Orlando has already been named one of America’s most promising tech hubs and it’s estimated that one in five jobs in Downtown Orlando is tech-related.
The Orlando Tech Association will continue to work to make Orlando a City where tech companies choose to locate and the digital workforce thrives.
C #11 – Soccer Murals
On today’s agenda we approved a temporary use permit for murals that Orlando City Soccer is doing. They are preparing this week for a very exciting announcement as they lead up to their first season in the MLS in 2015. I encourage you to follow the team’s social media pages for more information about the announcement planned for this week.
D #1 – Park of the Americas
To foster a 21st century economy, Orlando must be a place where quality of life is second to none.
In Orlando our goal is provide a diverse array of amenities to enhance the lives of our residents and that attract the creative class and jobs of the future.
On today’s agenda was a grant award that will help us with the renovation and reopening of the Park of Americas. The grant will provide funding for a mixed-use recreation trail with exercise and fitness equipment. The improvement project will also add Orlando’s first off-leash dog park as part of the renovation of the 28.5 acre park which is expected to open by the end of 2014.
I’d like to recognize Commissioner Ortiz for his leadership on this project. Thank you, Commissioner, for your hard work and dedication to District 2.
Other General Items of Note:
We had a runoff last week in the District 5 City election. Regina Hill was elected and will serve as our new District 5 City Commissioner.
I’d like to congratulate her on her election and also congratulate Commissioner Gray, District 1, and Commissioner Stuart, District 3, who were re-elected.
We will be hosting an Oath of Office Ceremony for our District 1, 3, and 5 Commissioners on Monday, June 2nd at 10 a.m. here in our Council Chambers.
Commissioner Lynum City Commissioner Emeritus Honor
WHEREAS, Family, friends and colleagues of Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum celebrate her retirement from the Orlando City Council, District 5, after 16 years of leadership; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Lynum has championed initiatives in the areas of education, housing, healthcare, neighborhood infrastructure, Downtown redevelopment and transportation, including The BLUEPRINT that has created more than 2,600 jobs and the Orlando Medical Careers Opportunities Program that provides educational opportunities to students and jobs for adults in the healthcare industry; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Lynum has provided leadership in revitalizing the Parramore Heritage Neighborhood and supported Orlando’s economy through her efforts to retain the Florida Blue Florida Classic and to secure the FAMU College of Law; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Lynum has supported faith-based and community service organizations, including her sororities, Delta Sigma Theta and Gamma Phi Delta; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Lynum served as President of the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and on the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities. She also served as President of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and Women in Municipal Government; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Lynum’s compassion was extended to the sick, the shut-ins and the grieving with personal visits, fruit baskets, floral arrangements, get well and sympathy cards and letters.
NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE PROCLAIMED, that Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum is commended for giving generously of her energies and talents while consistently exemplifying good citizenship and dedicated service on behalf of all people and that she be appointed to the honorary position of
“CITY COMMISSIONER EMERITUS”
BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this honor is presented to Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum as a token of the esteem in which she is held by the Orlando City Council and by the citizens of Orlando to serve as a lasting reminder of her outstanding citizenship and service.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we hereunto have set our hands and caused the Seal of the City of Orlando to be affixed this 12th day of May 2014.