Last Sunday was a great beautiful day to celebrate Spring. Lake Eola hosted its annual Spring Fiesta and the audience was there! In a very warm day, among artisans, artists, and all the participating companies the event was a success not only in attendance but also in business opportunities and fun! Continue reading
ORLANDO, Fl – Yesterday, during his annual State of the City Address, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the selection of artists for the SEE ART ORLANDO initiative. SEE ART ORLANDO is a public sculpture community project designed to enhance the aesthetic experience and cultural image of Downtown Orlando through the installation of iconic works of art throughout the city core.
“Arts and culture are responsible for 3,500 jobs in our community and generate nearly 100 million dollars in economic impact. SEE ART ORLANDO is part of our plan to grow that impact,” said Mayor Dyer.
Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered his annual State of the City address to hundreds of residents, business owners and community leaders gathered at City Hall.
Today also marked the beginning of Mayor Dyer’s 11th year serving as Mayor of the City of Orlando and during his speech, Mayor Dyer reaffirmed his commitment to continue “working just as hard for [Orlando] families as [he does] for [his] own.”
Similar to each State of the City address, the Mayor provided the community with an update on facts, figures and new developments. Additionally, this year the Mayor highlighted Orlando residents and business owners whose stories will helped him illustrate the state of the City. Continue reading
On Friday, the City of Orlando will host the One Less Car, One More Park event where six local design firms will temporarily transform eight on-street metered parking spaces into re-imagined parks and green spaces to show the positive impacts of leaving vehicles at home and walking, biking, carpooling or using public transit to commute.
As part of the event, Orlando Mayor Dyer is encouraging residents and employees to commute to work using an alternative mode of transportation this Friday. Not only do alternate travel modes reduce the need to use land for parking, but it also saves residents money and reduces congestion and pollution.
“Due to lack of transportation options, historically Central Floridians have relied on cars to travel, but with our region’s focus on strategically developing our transportation infrastructure, residents will not have to rely solely on vehicles anymore” said Mayor Dyer. “The One Less Car, One More Park event will visually demonstrate the benefits of mass transit and will hopefully encourage our community to change their transportation behaviors.”
Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite re-imagined parking space and learn more about local transit options. Mayor Dyer will present the winning design firm with a trophy made from a recycled parking meter.
The One Less Car, One More Park event is part of Green Works Orlando, the City’s sustainability initiative to engage everyone who lives, works and visits Central Florida in the effort to “go green.”
To engage more residents in the City’s sustainability efforts, Orlando has launched GreenWorksOrlando.com. This interactive forum allows Orlando residents to provide feedback and further the ideas of other residents as to how to continue to make Orlando a more sustainable and livable community. These suggestions will be used as the foundation for Orlando’s future sustainability plans.
Friday, January 11, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
***2:00 p.m. – Mayor Dyer will present the Voters’ Choice Award to the winning “park”***
On-street metered parking spaces in front of City Hall Plaza
400 South Orange Avenue
PARTICIPANTS AND SPONSORS:
Participating design firms include:
- Comprehensive Engineering Services, Inc. (CES)
- Creative Village Development, LLC represented by Jefre
- DLR Group & KZF Design Studio
- Bike/Walk Central Florida
- MetroPlan Orlando
This Saturday, Orlando’s hometown university, the UCF Knights will battle the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane at the H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Conference USA Championship game.
In competitive style, the City of Orlando will exchange a key lime pie for a pecan pie from the City of Tulsa. Orlando Mayor Dyer and Tulsa Mayor Bartlett have also agreed to a friendly competition, where the Mayor of the city who does not win will wear the other team’s jersey at an upcoming City Council meeting.
In addition, in support of UCF before the championship game, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has officially proclaimed Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, as “Black and Gold Days” in the City of Orlando. Mayor Dyer is encouraging all Central Florida residents to wear black and gold this Friday and Saturday and show their spirit for the UCF Knights football team.
WHEREAS, the 2012 UCF Football team has tied for the fourth-most victories in a single-season, with the record standing at 11 set by the 2010 squad; and
WHEREAS, for the fourth time in eight years, the 2012 UCF Football team are the C-USA East Division Champions; and
WHEREAS, UCF alumni and all college football fans throughout the Central Florida community are encouraged to don the school colors of our hometown university, black and gold, in an effort to support UCF;
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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined Megastron Development, LLC, for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Kirkman Point project’s first phase on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. This is a significant project for the Orlando community because it is the first time the Brazilian-led Megastron Development has invested in the City of Orlando. Continue reading
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites Central Florida residents and visitors to join him for the annual Holiday Lights Orlando event to kick off this year’s holiday season. Holiday Lights Orlando is the premiere holiday event for families, Downtown businesses and residents. Continue reading
Orlando is one of Brazilians favorite destination every year, bringing thousands of eager buyers and also families that want to visit all the Major Theme Parks. Orlando is now a lot closer from being the target of more visitors since TAM makes it so easy to Rio passengers . Continue reading
Cities of Service announced that it has awarded the City of Orlando a $100,000 grant to expand implementation of ORLANDO CARES, a service initiative designed to address youth crime prevention and education. In September 2010, Orlando was one of 20 cities nationally awarded a $200,000 Cities of Service Leadership Grant and launched Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Cities of Service Initiative: ORLANDO CARES. Orlando is one of 18 U.S. cities to be awarded this second round of funding to support mayors who are harnessing the power of volunteers in a strategic way to address priority problems in their communities. Continue reading
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer recently announced the retirement of Fire Deputy Chief Greg Hoggatt after more than 23 years of service at the City of Orlando. Mayor Dyer has appointed Assistant Chief Roderick Williams, a 17-year Orlando Fire Department (OFD) veteran to succeed Hoggatt as Deputy Chief.
“Deputy Chief Greg Hoggatt has had an outstanding history with our fire department and has provided strong leadership for three years as Deputy Chief,” said Mayor Dyer. “I am thankful for his dedication to delivering a high level of service to our residents and know he will be greatly missed by everyone who has had the pleasure of working with him.”
Newly promoted Deputy Chief Williams will now be responsible for the Fire Support Services Bureau of OFD which includes Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Management, Fire Safety Management, Technology Management and 911 Communications. Continue reading
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 2 City Commissioner Tony Ortiz will host the 6th Annual City of Orlando Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff on Thursday, September 13 to celebrate the influence of Hispanic culture in Orlando.
This free event celebrates the commencement of Hispanic Heritage month which runs from September 15 to October 15, 2012. It honors the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The starting date coincides with the Independence Commemoration of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Continue reading
The kickoff will feature food from local Hispanic vendors as well as a colorful showcase of Hispanic art and performances.
The City of Orlando recognizes the important role our Hispanic community plays in our society and continues to reach out to our growing and vibrant Hispanic residents through the creation of two municipal offices: The Multicultural Affairs Office, created this year to generate community partnerships, build strong communications bonds and provide a point of contact to multicultural community organizations and residents towards enhance the quality of life of constituents; Continue reading
For everything there is a time, a year ago the New Hope Assistance Center started, I remember we had a Ladies’s tea to celebrate, but in another circles other people also started their journey, like the Brazilian Consul in Florida, Helio Vitor Ramos Filho, that was just arriving in Miami. Continue reading
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites residents and visitors of Orlando to attend the 35th annual Fireworks at the Fountain on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando. The event will feature live entertainment on two stages, a play area with bounce houses and face painting for kids, the Orlando Magic interactive RV with video games and festive Fourth of July cuisine available for purchase. Continue reading
Mayor‘s City Academy (City of Orlando)
The Mayor’s City Academy happens once a year and I, Nelson de Freitas, was fortunate to be part of it. During 10 weeks I was able to get to know all the city departments, Mayor, Commissioners and its employees. I was at the city hall, Economic Development Department, Water Conserv II Water Reclamation Facility, Amway Center, Orlando Police Department Headquarters, Firehouse 1, Transportation/ Emergency management (Emergency Operations Center), Housing and community Development Department, Families, Parks and Recreation and the last week was the graduation ceremony (Citizen Engagement/Graduation). Continue reading
Combining extreme sports, family-friendly entertainment and music in the world capital of water skiing, soaked is a new extreme water sports festival coming to Orlando September 7-8, 2012. Taking over downtown Orlando’s iconic centerpiece, Lake Eola, the festival will feature world champion water skiers competing for the sport’s largest purse – $100,000, along with music, motor shows, carnival rides, great food, and more.
Orlando City Beautiful more than anything is a city that is appreciative of the arts. Downtown Orlando is not only one of the spots chosen to have an Art district but also houses several Art Galleries, there numerous sculptures throughout town and also we have a Major Downtown Orlando Arts & Entertainment Center is being constructed, right across from the City Hall. Continue reading
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ORLANDO UNVEILS LAUNCH STRATEGY AND UPCOMING EVENTS FOR NBA ALL STAR WEEK
The birth of the new Amway Center just a year ago is already beginning to bear needed fruit to the Orlando economy as Orlando will host the 2012 All Star Week beginning February 23, 2012. Continue reading
Last Call ! As the Central Florida Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce closes their arguments for the year 2011, we are already starting to warm up oue engines for 2012 with a fresh and somewhat different Board of Directors. But today we gathered to celebrate all accomplishments of 2011, a year that was worked by majority and reached great successes. Continue reading
November 16th, 2011 – The Community Food and Outreach Center and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer are launching a campaign to help families hurt by the economic crisis that has hit Central Florida and other cities across the nation. The NBALockoutRelief.org Campaign is the Community Food and Outreach Center’s most aggressive campaign to date to help provide food for hungry families in Central Florida, rally community volunteers and help the thousands of families who are in need due to the NBA Lockout. Continue reading
We all have seen the ads on TV, the green campaigns for the environment and all the new projects for clean air, cars that are so futuristic that we will never need to get gas ever again! Well this time is for real and Walgreen’s is the pioneer hand to lead us in the future, when they opened the first of at least 20 electric vehicle charging stations, and 800 by the end of the year. The visionary creation of Chevrolet and Nissan presented their 100% full electric cars, VOLT & LEAF, starting a new era in the auto industry.
Mayor Dyer and Orlando City Commissioners will officially open Phase 1 of the President Barack Obama Parkway extension project at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. The first phase of construction to extend the Parkway began in June 2010 and was recently completed ahead of schedule. Continue reading
Today was a good day in our history as a part of the City of Orlando. As we all know in the last few years Brazilians have really become fans of visiting Orlando, and that also turned out to be a trigger for the Brazilian residents in Orlando to be more interested in what Orlando is all about. Continue reading
Here are the September upcoming events for the CFBACC. Take a look ! Continue reading
SOCO FREIRE= AND HER EXPLOSION OF COLORS
Soco Freire was born in Joao Pessoa Paraiba, she told me that even before she learned to write, she already knew how to draw, because her father was a project designer,
and she was always watching her first master at work, and one thing led to another. Soco has been in the U.S. for 9 years and since she arrived, her determination was to follow her dream and trajectory, confessing that she still has a long way to go. Continue reading
Great day everyone! As much as we would like to show more about this great day,it is almost impossible but we tried ! As a part of the Brazilian Community, HotspotOrlando likes to promote and show all the good things not only in our side of town but also all around Orlando, this way we share everyone’s experiences and beautiful moments . Continue reading
It is finally here, the moment we all waited for!
We are on a journey of emotions since the launching cocktail on July 16, at Cafe Mineiro. For those who have been following this creative process and the incessant work of Pastor Silas A. Pinto the Fair CEO, and his team, who by the way all seem tireless, we must admit the extreme professionalism and guidance the team has. Continue reading
Back to Business Orlando
Please join Mayor Buddy Dyer and Larry Tobin, President/CEO or FAIRWINDS Credit Union, on Monday, August 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the FAIRWINDS Corporate Tower (135 West Central Boulevard, 12th floor) for Back to Business Orlando, a networking and educational event for Orlando businesses and residents. Continue reading
On Thursday, Mayor Dyer joined Festival Republic Managing Director Melvin Benn to announce on-sale ticket information and festival line-up details for the Orlando Calling music festival. Taking place at the Florida Citrus Bowl stadium in Downtown Orlando this fall, Orlando Calling will be one of the largest music events in the state of Florida and is expected to draw tens of thousands in attendance over the two-day festival.
Need a fun and academic distraction for your child during the summer? Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, along with the Orange County Public Library System and the Walt Disney World Resort, have teamed up to give you Mayor Buddy’s Book Club.
Fifth through eighth grade students can join the book club at Orange County Schools, local Boys and Girls Clubs and After School All Stars locations. All students are welcome to participate. Continue reading
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the St. Louis Blues at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, September 21 at 7 p.m., Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Lightning announced today. Tickets to the game will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 23 at 10 a.m. with a pre-sale being open to select buyers beginning on July 20. The game was originally scheduled to be played at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg and has been moved due to the franchise relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers. Continue reading
The III Brazilian Business Fair will take place on August 20, 2011. Brazil is Florida‘s largest commercial partner, and this is the only Brazilian trade show in Florida. It is an initiative of the Brazilian Ministry of First Orlando in partnership with the Central Florida Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading