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Certara Opening Office in Lake Nona Medical City
An established innovator, Certara® uses model-informed drug development, regulatory science and knowledge integration to enable superior drug development decision-making and optimize R&D productivity, commercial value and patient outcomes. With 19 offices on four continents, Certara’s portfolio spans the discovery, preclinical, clinical and post-marketing phases of drug development. Certara’s clients include 1,200 commercial companies, 250 academic institutions and numerous regulatory agencies around the world.
Located within the innovation campus of Lake Nona’s health and life sciences cluster, a global destination for healthcare innovation in Orlando, Florida, the GuideWell Innovation Center is an ideal location for companies that are creating game-changing diagnostic, treatment, and monitoring solutions that help improve health. Opened in March 2016, the 92,000 SF facility is uniquely designed to accommodate both office and wet lab space, meeting the needs of companies of a variety of sizes and stages of development. For more information Click Here

The City of Orlando Is Seeking a Poet Laureate
Orlando, FL – July 12, 2017 – Mayor Buddy Dyer has announced that the City of Orlando, through a partnership with United Arts of Central Florida and Orlando-based nonprofit literary publisher Burrow Press, is seeking to appoint the City’s first Poet Laureate. The purpose of the position is to promote poetry and an appreciation of poetry among residents, and to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and readers of literature.

The Poet Laureate is a ceremonial appointment, and the selected poet will serve as a prominent fixture in the City’s cultural and literary arts communities, presenting original works of poetry at City events and youth activities. The selected poet will be introduced in October during National Arts and Humanities Month.

From today through August 7, qualified applicants can submit an application for this position. For more information or to apply Click Here

News from Sun Rain and Lynx
Sun Rail, LYNX and the Greater Airport Aviation Authority (GOAA) have worked together over the past few months to develop a cohesive program aimed to educate both airport employees and the general public about the Lynx Non-Stop Link 111 service from SunRail’s Sand Lake Road station to Terminal A at the Orlando International Airport(OIA). This great service, which has been in effect since SunRail’s launch on May , LYNX and the Greater Airport Aviation Authority  (GOAA) have worked together over the past few months to develop a cohesive program aimed to educate both airport employees and the general public about the LYNX Non-Stop Link 111 service from SunRail’s Sand Lake Road station to Terminal A at the Orlando International Airport (OIA).

This great service, which has been in effect since SunRail’s launch on May 1, 2014, takes an average of only 15 minutes.  LYNX 111 buses are timed to meet all SunRail trains as they arrive and depart SunRail’s Sand Lake Road station, providing LYNX 111 buses are timed to meet all SunRail trains as they arrive and depart SunRail’s Sand Lake Road station, providing a seamless transfer system. Sand Lake Road station, providing a seamless transfer system.

“From the onset of my arrival into Central Florida I have maintained the position – SunRail and LYNX is one transit system. Regardless of the two governing structures the residents and visitors of Central Florida must experience a seamless, unified transportation system,” said Edward Johnson, LYNX’s Chief Executive Officer.  Because of this philosophy and the collaboration between both systems’ leadership, the SunRail – Link 111 Non-Stop transfer has developed a loyal following among regular business travelers and airport employees.

OIA has over 18,000 employees and an average of 117,440 daily passengers. Passenger parking is often full and employee parking is also limited requiring a shuttle from the designated employee lot to the terminals.  So in partnership with GOAA, SunRail and LYNX will be hosting twice-monthly “Train to the Plane” education events for airport employees, and present at monthly GOAA Recognition Meetings in front of employees and leadership from multiple companies with employees at OIA.

Back to School is Just Around the Corner
Registration Now Open for After-School All-Stars.
Over 2,000 students at eight middle schools in the city of Orlando are part of the After-School All-Stars. This program’s innovative and diversified curriculum aims to help children succeed in life by infusing character education into daily activities. After-School All-Stars is more than just after school care. It offers a variety of support and activities at each location.

  • Academic tutoring is available every day from certified teachers that provide engaging activities and homework assistance.
    • 99 percent of ASAS students met academic achievement standards
    • 84% of ASAS students have a 3.0 GPA or higher
    • 100% of ASAS 8th grade students were promoted to 9th grade
  • Students can also participate in S.T.E.M. Clubs like Robotics, Rocketry and Digital Media.
  • The can be part of Performing Arts Clubs like Theatre, Band, Dance and Choir.
  • Athletic leagues for Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball and Soccer are offered.
  • Enrichment is also offered through a variety of activities based on interest such as Cooking, Journalism, Arts and Crafts, Gardening, Cultural Arts and Career Exploration.

There is a $35 one-time registration fee plus a weekly fee of $48 for city residents, $100 for non-city residents, $4 for students on reduced-lunch and free for students who qualify for free lunch.

You can register your student at school open house events as well as meet the teacher and sixth grade orientation events or on the first day of school. The following schools offer After-School All-Stars:

  • Carver Middle School
  • Central Florida Leadership Academy
  • College Park Middle School
  • Howard Middle School
  • Jackson Middle School
  • Lake Nona Middle School
  • Memorial Middle School
  • Odyssey Middle School

After-School All-Stars is offered before and after school on school days from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
For more information Click Here or call 407-246-2043

“Let’s Talk District 1” with City Commissioner Jim Gray!
Have any questions about District 1? Let’s talk!
Come to our District 1 Meet and Greet this Monday July 10, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. I will be there to answer any questions related to District 1 and its development.

Location: District 1 Lake Nona office, 10727 Narcoossee Rd., Orlando, FL. 32832. (our office is located inside the Orlando Police Lake Nona Substation).

PIXON — Lake Nona’s Newest Multifamily Development — Set to Break Ground
This new community will Feature 6 micro units, Tesla ride share, Bluetooth door entry, 3D printer and other sophisticated amenities. Tavistock Development Company announced that construction is set to begin in September 2017 on Lake Nona’s fourth multifamily project, newly minted as Pixon. This community is an urban-inspired, 201-unit modern flat community will  featuring an impressive list of innovative community conveniences including a Tesla ride share program and concierge delivery system, 32,500 SF of ground floor retail and the Orlando market’s first micro-apartment units. Balfour Beatty Construction was recently named general contractor of Pixon and plans to break ground in September 2017 and is expected to be completed during the Winter of 2018, SPM Property Management expects to begin pre-leasing the micro-, one- and two-bedroom units in the Summer of 2018. For more information Click Here

Earth Fare Grocer will open its second Central Florida Supermarket in Lake Nona
Earth Fare will build a 24,000-square-foot store in the Shoppes at Nona Place center in the Lake Nona area. The supermarket is known as an all organic and natural grocer where all products are free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial fats, colorings and preservatives. They are scheduled to start construction in late 2017.

OrlandoatPlay.com presented by United Arts of Central Florida
what is Orlando at play?
Is an online collaborative website created to increase awareness and build participation to local events throughout Central Florida. The website includes a comprehensive Calendar of events, organization and Venue listing as well as a box office for Arts and Cultural events in the area. To find an event or for more information visit their website at http://www.orlandoatplay.com/

Nemours, Andrews Institure and USTA National Campus have partnered in Lake Nona Medical City
Neumours and Andrews Institure will provide a team physician, program director, sports nutritionist and Athletic trainers for the USTA National Campus in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City. The new relationship will make an impact beyond the tennis court. All three entities plan to work together to create programming and services that will afford the youth of the Central Florida area. For Nemours Click Here For USTA Click Here

The Lake Nona Life Project
The Lake Nona Life Project is a long term Community and wellness research study being launched as an initiative of the Lake Nona Institute. Modeled after the Famous Framingham Heart Study, the Lake Nona Life Project is design to study the connections between lifestyles and health among those who live and work in a given community. For more information about the Lake Nona Life project Click Here

KPMG will build a State-of-the-Art training Facility in Lake Nona
KPMG is the 4th largest accounting firms in the U.S offering services in the areas of audit, tax, and advisory, with industry-specific focus in each, will be building a state-of-the-art learning, development, and innovation facility to further enhance the world-class training capabilities it offers to its partners and professionals. The 55-acre campus construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2017.Click Here


District Resources

Neighborhood Watch
Have you ever wished you could talk to an officer and ask questions about crime and safety in your community? Do you have ideas that you would like to share with an OPD officer? Do you and your neighbors wonder about the crime statistics for your neighborhood?
Then you need a Neighborhood Watch program on your street or in your complex. It’s easy to start a Neighborhood Watch and it works! In some areas, home burglaries have shown as much as a 40% decrease because of citizens involved in Neighborhood Watch.
The Orlando Police Department Neighborhood Watch Unit provides:

* Assistance in organizing and maintaining Watch groups
* Home and personal safety training
* Residential and Business Security Surveys
* Free electronic engravers
Call now to get started: 407.246.2369 or http://www.cityoforlando.net/police/neighborhood-watch/

City of Orlando Hispanic Office for Local Assistance for Residents and Newcomers
The HOLA office is for everyone in the city of Orlando. If you are new to the area or need assistance please contact our HOLA office. The HOLA office offers information about the City of Orlando services, jobs, education, medical services, legal services, and more. For services information Click Here


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