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Mayor’s Initiatives

Children and Education

Mayor Buddy Dyer reading to kidsExtending quality early childhood education, after school programs, programs that build family economic success, youth development programs for teenagers, access to health care and mentoring equips our community’s young children to become successful, healthy, well-educated adults.  Click here to learn more.

Downtown Orlando Revitalization

Since Mayor Dyer took office in 2003, Downtown Orlando has experienced one of the most remarkable resurgences of a downtown anywhere in the country with $3 billion dollars worth of development, either underway or planned. This Downtown revitalization includes:

    • Community Venues – The creation of world class “community venues” to include the Amway Center, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, reconstructed Citrus Bowl Stadium and a soccer-ready stadium to host Orlando’s new Major League Soccer team.  Click here to learn more.
    • Creative Village – Transforming the former site of the Amway Arena into the Creative Village, a 68-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented, urban infill neighborhood that will be home to leading higher education providers; high-tech, digital media and creative companies; and a diverse mix of students, employees and residents.
    • see art photoSee Art Orlando – Downtown Orlando’s new collection of eight iconic, privately-funded pieces of sculpted art. Click here for more information.

Faith-based and Community Matching Grants

Expanding and enhancing the City’s connections with key constituent groups, including community, civic, faith-based, arts and human service organizations is a top priority of Mayor Dyer’s administration. The Mayor’s Matching Grant program provides grant funds to organizations to plan and implement projects that address neighborhood needs, improve education and build community pride.
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GreenWorks Orlando

GreenWorks Orlando is Mayor Dyer’s initiative to make Orlando one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in the Southeast.  Click here for more information.

Job Creation and the Economy

Medical CityMayor Dyer is leading the effort to diversify Central Florida’s economy and create a new breed of high-tech, high-wage careers for residents in cutting edge industries such as digital media, life sciences and biotechnology, modeling, simulation and training and aviation and aerospace.  Click here for more information.

Orlando Main Street

Created in 2008, the Orlando Main Street Program focuses on revitalizing our neighborhood business districts by enhancing their following assets: distinctive architecture, a pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, local ownership and a sense of community.  Click here for more information.

Pathways for Parramore

23 DSC_0216Pathways for Parramore focuses on revitalizing the historic Parramore community across five key areas: housing, public safety, business development, children and education and quality of life.

Public Safety

Mayor Dyer has bolstered Orlando Police Department protection, which helped bring about the most dramatic reduction in crime in Orlando’s history. This focus on safety has also helped make the Orlando Fire Department one of the elite departments in the entire country. The Orlando Fire Department is one of only 15 departments in America to have both the international accreditation and an ISO 1 rating.

Transportation and Smart Growth

Sunrail TrainMayor Dyer is a fierce advocate for the expansion of public mass-transit and for creating more walkable, livable communities. Through his leadership, Orlando is building Central Florida’s first-ever commuter rail system called SunRail.



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