2014 was a banner year for our City Beautiful. In addition to the UCF and Valencia announcement, we opened SunRail commuter rail service and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, completely overhauled the Citrus Bowl and broke ground on our Major League Soccer stadium. We also celebrated the formation of the Orlando Tech Association and their designation as an official City of Orlando “Digital Main Street” and we opened the Church Street “Tech” Exchange, which houses several emerging technology companies, including CANVS, Echo Interaction Group, Splyt, Plan Source, The Iron Yard and Power DMS.
We maintained the momentum in 2015 with the re-election of Mayor Buddy Dyer, the announcement of a professional women’s soccer team, the Orlando Pride, the community efforts to address homelessness and the delivery of many exciting commercial projects.
Others are starting to figure out what we already know – that Orlando is a great place to live, learn, work and play. Orlando was recently ranked seventh in the nation in job growth.