Mayor Demings at the 2019 Orlando Martial Arts World Super Show

On Thursday, May 16, I invite you to join me as I present my first State of the County address at the Orange County Convention Center in the West Concourse at the Linda Chapin Theater. At this much-anticipated annual event, guests will have time to network with business and community leaders from across the region. Doors open at 8 a.m., and I will begin my speech at 9 a.m.

In my address, I will highlight the outstanding accomplishments of Orange County Government and our community partners as we prioritize the needs of local residents through innovation, collaboration and inclusiveness. As we look toward the future, my focus is to build a community that works for everyone so no one gets left behind.

Today, our residents enjoy unparalleled economic opportunities, a robust private sector, a world-class modeling, simulation and training (MS&T) industry, and prestigious sports and entertainment events all anchored by our strong hospitality and tourism sector on International Drive. As we continue to build on our successes, the dynamic renaissance of International Drive will continue to position Orange County as the premier global destination for tourism and family entertainment.

The speech will be televised live on Orange TV, which is carried on Spectrum Channel 488, Comcast Channel 9, CenturyLink Channel 1081, digital over-the-air on 10.2, the Roku App Store and live-streamed on The event is complimentary and open to the public. I look forward to the 2019 State of the County and hope you can join us! 
Inside of the brightly lit Board of County Commissioners Chambers the Housing for All Task Force members sit in front of the dais at tables arranged in an oval shape as they discuss the items on the agenda. Individuals from the public are seated in rows.

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings recently launched the  Housing for All Task Force  to address the crisis and propose short and long-term solutions by fall 2019.
Mayor Demings, Commissioner Bonilla, Commissioner Gomez Cordero are joined by a dozen other individuals. They are standing for a photo and the Mayor is holding large scissors which he used to cut a ribbon.

Orange County Parks and Recreation  held its ribbon cutting ceremony for the  East Orange District Park Recreation Center  on April 2, 2019. 
Two employees interacting with a dog and chatting, while a woman in the background plays with another dog. They're outside on a grassy patch.

Animal Services has made several progressive changes to benefit the animal community in the recent decade and the addition of the obedience training class is another the shelter believes will result in substantial change.
Mayor Demings is joined alongside panel members standing for a photo. There are nine men and women standing side by side wearing professional outfits.

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) recently held its annual national conference at the Hilton Orlando and hosted more than 1,000 African-American public officials to discuss best practices on leading and engaging communities.
Two community members stand near a wooded area by the side of a road holding trash bags and picking up litter. They're wearing bright orange safety vests.

Since 1989, Orange County Government has managed a fun and educational program designed to allow citizens to make a positive impact by enhancing the cleanliness of Orange County roads. The Adopt-A-Highway program was conceived in response to roadside littering that was creating an eyesore for residents and visitors to Central Florida.
A man is pulling some weeds from a grassy patch that abuts a body of water. He's standing in the water.

To celebrate Earth Day weekend, on April 20, 2019,  Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings  and  Orange County District 6 Commissioner Victoria P. Siplin  participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to debut the new Lake Lawne Water Quality Improvement and Reuse Pond at Barnett Park in Orlando. Officially, Earth Day is April 22, 2019.
For updates on Mayor Jerry Demings’ Housing for All Task Force meetings, please visit Orange County Government’s website .

The first two meetings were held on April 12 and April 29, 2019 at the Orange County Administration Center. All Task Force meetings are open to the public, and resident comments are welcome at the beginning of each meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for July 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the same location. Sub-committees are also meeting. 
A group of ten scouts and leaders are standing with Mayor Demings and Representative Demings.
Join the Complete Count Committee - The 2020 Census will count every person living in Orange County, the United States and U.S. territories. The Orange County Complete County Committee plays an integral role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of the community. Success of the census depends on community involvement and takes place from June 2019 to July 2020. Join the Complete Count Committee by registering at .

Calling all Seniors - Local seniors are encouraged to get involved in recreational, socialization and exercise programs offered throughout Orange County. For more information about these programs by the Commission on Aging, visit , email or call 407-836-6563.

Sculpture on the Lawn - Artists are invited to submit work (existing or conceptual) for the fifth annual Sculpture on the Lawn exhibition, an outdoor display featured at the entrance to the Orange County Administration Center in the heart of downtown Orlando, where the works are visible to approximately 10,000 people daily. Sculpture on the Lawn is open to experienced professional sculptors as well as students and emerging artists who specialize in the design, construction and installation of outdoor sculptures. Up to three sculptures will be selected for display from October 2019 to September 2020. The deadline is Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications, resumes, images and other materials must be submitted by midnight through the CaFÉ online service .  

Building Safety Month - Orange County's Division of Building Safety is hosting multiple training sessions and events in honor of Building Safety Month in May. For a complete list, visit Orange County's online newsroom .
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