It is hard to believe February is here already. Last month flew by with so much going on around the County, including the unveiling of the new art sculptures for 2022 on the lawn at the Orange County Administration Center. The new large-scale sculptures were created by artists from around the world and provide an opportunity for our residents and visitors to view world-class art for free. Please come by and have a closer look.

In the month of February, we honor Black History. Our MLK Initiative is planning community collaborations and digital experiences so everyone can celebrate this important month. I created the MLK Initiative to bring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of service to all of Orange County to commemorate his work and legacy for years to come.

We also will be out in the community to talk about our transportation initiative. Right now, Central Florida commuters spend an average of 57 hours a year in traffic, and I am proposing a penny sales tax to make our future transportation options viable, economical, eco-friendly and time efficient. There will be a series of “Open Houses” for our residents starting in late February to share this vision for the future of transportation and how it will benefit the entire community.

As this month begins, I am encouraged by the positive trends we are seeing with the COVID-19 pandemic. While the numbers are still very high compared to where we were in the fall, we are seeing decreases in the positivity rates and hospitalizations. We must remain vigilant in the battle with this virus. I continue to encourage everyone eligible to get a vaccine and wear a mask indoors. As you may be aware, I tested positive for the virus last month, and the fact I was fully vaccinated and boosted helped me get through it with relatively mild symptoms. Remember, vaccines are free and readily available.

I wish everyone the very best!

February 1-25, 2022

The Orange County African American Employee Network, in collaboration with Orange County’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative, calls on students to create an original work based on one of Dr. King’s six principles of nonviolence.
February 11 and 12, 2022

Grab blankets and snacks for the upcoming screening of Space Jam - A New Legacy! at Wedgefield Park and Silver Star Community Park. The event, hosted by Orange County Parks & Recreation, is free and open to the public.
February 13 and 17, 2022

Honor Black History Month with the Orange County Regional History Center by attending a free screening of “Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story,” the story of the first integrated Little League game in the South, played in Orlando in 1955.
February 22, 2022

Join the Orange County Library System as it celebrates African American literature in poetry, story and song, performed by local luminaries during the 32nd Annual National African American Read In.
COVID-19 testing and vaccination services are readily available throughout Orange County.
Orange County Utilities Department is hosting a job fair on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at the Orange County Convention Center’s North Concourse. Individuals interested in the job fair are encouraged to submit an application before attending the event.
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Orange County Public Works Department is seeking a Chief Engineer for Highway Construction. The Chief Engineer will perform and supervise engineering functions in the areas of roadway construction engineering and inspection. Apply now at (Job ID 26889)
Orange County Head Start is recruiting for teachers, teacher assistants and classroom aides. Learn more about employment or volunteer opportunities by visiting
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