The year 2016 was filled with healing, promise and economic opportunity for Orange County and its residents.
As a result of the region's culture of collaboration, Orange County remains No. 1 in the nation for job growth among large regions and continues to create thousands of new jobs. The quality of life for citizens of Orange County continues to be enhanced by investments in infrastructure such as roads and parks, cultural arts venues and programs that seek to aid our most vulnerable citizens.
Unfortunately, the community experienced an unthinkable tragedy on June 12, when 49 innocent lives were taken and hundreds were changed forever as a result of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. In response, Orange County, the City of Orlando and the extended community united in a way that the world had never seen before.
"The compassion that was displayed, where we embraced one another -- not in spite of our differences, but because of them -- was remarkable," said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. "It was our culture of caring and our genuine commitment to one another that allowed us to bear the unimaginable pain and loss of the Pulse nightclub tragedy."
A few months later, during the early morning hours of October 7, the effects of Hurricane Matthew impacted Orange County and the greater Orlando area. The Category 3 hurricane was the first major storm to impact Central Florida since 2004.
Orange County Government continually provides breaking news and updates on the region's strong economy, continued job growth, economic achievements and incredible milestones for Orange County's internationally-renowned sports, arts and cultural venues through its
The Newsroom Media Center received more than 1 million page views and Orange County's website had 60 million page views in 2016.
Here's a look at the top five 2016 articles featured in Orange County's Newsroom and the OCFL News Mobile App: