The New Branding of the Semoran Corridor; Gateway Orlando
Orlando, FL- On Thursday, March 23, 2017, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz, Gateway Orlando District and area residents celebrated the unveiling of the new branding for the Semoran Boulevard corridor; Gateway Orlando.
Since taking office, it’s been one of Commissioner Ortiz’ goals to revitalize the Semoran Corridor to create well-paid jobs, increase property values, lower crime incidence and better the quality of life in District 2. In 2008, Commissioner Ortiz created the Neighborhood Leaders Council and the Business Council, to develop a direct relationship with District 2 stakeholders in matters concerning government, law enforcement, and community. In 2010, Commissioner Ortiz with the assistance of City of Orlando staff, created a vision plan and submitted the same to the community for approval. The first phase of the revitalization started on November 2012 and ended on October 2013. Since 2012 over 85 renovations and 19 new buildings have been completed in the corridor creating an economic impact of approximately 100 million dollars between the public and private sectors and over 1,500 new jobs. Today, over 155 new businesses call the Semoran Corridor their home.
The Semoran Boulevard is the gateway to the City of Orlando from the Orlando International Airport (MCO). Last year, the Central Florida region received over 66 million visitors of which approximately 42 million entered via the MCO. On an average day, over 65,000 vehicles travel through the corridor up to Colonial Drive. This corridor has become one of the most vital areas in terms of lodging, hospitality, and connectivity.