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Eight local and international leaders holding rubber mallets pretending to hammer down some stakes in front of a decorative piece of track. Below the track read the words "Virgin Trains USA Orlando Groundbreaking. On Track to Red Hot Orlando."

Virgin Trains USA Breaks Ground on Central Florida Expansion

Virgin Trains USA, formerly Brightline, broke ground on Monday, June 24, 2019, for the nation’s largest privately funded infrastructure project to expand its passenger rail service to Orlando – connecting the region to South Florida.

The event, held at the new South Terminal at Orlando International Airport, is part of the company’s Phase 2 expansion into Central Florida. The terminal will also serve as a transportation hub, with Virgin Trains developing 170 miles of new track into the completed state-of-the-art intermodal facility. Expansion between Orlando and South Florida represents a total private investment of $4 billion.

Photo of the July Perry marker that reads "Lynching of July Perry, November 3, 1920"

Historical Marker Has Been Placed Honoring Lynching Victim July Perry

At 10:30 a.m. on June 21, 2019, a historical marker in remembrance of one of the darkest days in Orange County was placed during...

A group of senior citizens posing for a photo with their instructor as they hold exercise equipment

Keeping Seniors Fit: Orange County Community Action Division Offers Mobility and Flexibility Classes at Local Community Centers

Orange County has partnered with Firebush, Inc. and the YMCA to offer fitness classes at several local community centers in an effort...

Crosswalk on a street corner leading to a park

Local Government in Action: Orange County Traffic Engineering Division Works with Residents to Improve Road Safety

When tragedy struck in January 2018 at the intersection of Pershing Ave. and Redditt Road in Orlando, it was a reminder of the importance...

Community & Services

Historical Marker Has Been Placed Honoring Lynching Victim July Perry

At 10:30 a.m. on June 21, 2019, a historical marker in remembrance of one of the darkest days in Orange County was placed during a ceremony in Heritage Square outside of the Orange County...

Keeping Seniors Fit: Orange County Community Action Division Offers Mobility and Flexibility Classes at Local Community Centers

Orange County has partnered with Firebush, Inc. and the YMCA to offer fitness classes at several local community centers in an effort to provide an additional and much-needed resource for seniors. The...

Crosswalk on a street corner leading to a park

Local Government in Action: Orange County Traffic Engineering Division Works with Residents to Improve Road Safety

When tragedy struck in January 2018 at the intersection of Pershing Ave. and Redditt Road in Orlando, it was a reminder of the importance of traffic and pedestrian safety, but the subsequent action taken by Orange County Government is also a reminder of how local governments can listen to residents in order to make...

Public Health & Safety

A large audience of dozens of people sit row by row at narrow, rectangular tables. In front of them is a stage with two large projection screens. The attendees are paying attention to the speaker at the podium.

Emergency Managers Gather in Orange County for the 2019 National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference

Nationwide emergency management professionals gathered for the 2019 National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on International Drive. The four-day conference, held from April 1 to 4, provides a forum and...

Inside of a Fire Station, firefighter Jason Wheat smiles while holding his Firefighter of the Year Award. Fire Chief Otto Drodz and other leaders smile as Jason walks towards the podium.

Orange County Fire Rescue Department Firefighter Named 2018 Florida Firefighter of the Year

The Florida State Firefighters Association (FSFA) presented Orange County Fire Rescue Department’s (OCFRD) Firefighter Jason Wheat with the annual Firefighter of the Year Award. Wheat was selected to receive the award as a result of numerous peer nominations on behalf of his continued dedication and service. His commitment is credited with positively impacting the...

Good Samaritans Honored by Orange County for Saving a Local Sergeant’s Life

Four local good Samaritans were recognized today for saving the life of Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Jamie Hoffman from a fiery crash last year on State Road 408.

On the morning of July 1, 2018, Sgt. Hoffman’s patrol car crashed on the 408 between Pine Hills Road and Old Winter Garden Road. His cruiser...

Business

Eight local and international leaders holding rubber mallets pretending to hammer down some stakes in front of a decorative piece of track. Below the track read the words "Virgin Trains USA Orlando Groundbreaking. On Track to Red Hot Orlando."

Virgin Trains USA Breaks Ground on Central Florida Expansion

Virgin Trains USA, formerly Brightline, broke ground on Monday, June 24, 2019, for the nation’s largest privately funded infrastructure project to expand its...

Three people holding hard hats at a groundbreaking outside.

Redevelopment Site in Pine Hills to Serve as Affordable Low-Income Senior Housing

Affordable housing is a huge concern for local seniors – many of whom are on a fixed income. To meet that need, Emerald Villas...

Community and business leaders gather to cut the ribbon at the Hispanic Business Conference.

Hispanic Business Conference Welcomes Hundreds of Business Leaders to Orange County

The Hispanic Business Conference is hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) and focuses on enhancing economic...