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Orange County Citizen Corps Council Makes Community Safer, Stronger and Better Prepared

In 2005, when Mayor Jerry L. Demings served as Orange County’s Public Safety Director, he started the Citizen Corps Council in Orange County.  The goal was to match the needs of first responders with the skills and abilities of volunteers to make their families, homes and communities safer from the threats of terrorism, crime and disasters. He believed that by educating the public on safety, the County could help residents take an active role in protecting themselves from harm in the event of an emergency.

“The Council has been of huge value to the community,” said Carlos Durden, director of Training, Exercises & Outreach with the Orange County Office of Emergency Management, “and it continues to build on its success by establishing new goals every year.”

Librarian at the Chickasaw branch library. Text: A Neighborhood You Should Know: Union Park

An Orange County Neighborhood You Should Know: Union Park is Diverse with a Welcoming Atmosphere

For Lisa Stewart, manager of the Chickasaw Branch of the Orange County Library System, Union Park is a place where residents are engaged...

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Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative Kicks Off: Charged by Mayor Demings with Year Round Activities

In the spirit of bringing the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to unincorporated areas of Orange County and surrounding communities year round,...

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An Orange County Neighborhood You Should Know: Tangelo Park Remains a Close-Knit and Unified Community

Tangelo Park is, in fact, not a park. It is a community built in the 1950s on land formerly used for orange groves. It...

Community & Services

Orange County Citizen Corps Council Makes Community Safer, Stronger and Better Prepared

In 2005, when Mayor Jerry L. Demings served as Orange County’s Public Safety Director, he started the Citizen Corps Council in Orange County.  The goal was to match the needs of first responders...

An Orange County Neighborhood You Should Know: Union Park is Diverse with a Welcoming Atmosphere

For Lisa Stewart, manager of the Chickasaw Branch of the Orange County Library System, Union Park is a place where residents are engaged and a strong sense of community exists. As someone who...

Large group of business professionals taking a group photo around meeting tables.

Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative Kicks Off: Charged by Mayor Demings with Year Round Activities

In the spirit of bringing the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to unincorporated areas of Orange County and surrounding communities year round, Mayor Jerry L. Demings has created the Orange County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative. The overall mission of the initiative is to celebrate and recognize Dr. King’s legacy through...

Public Health & Safety

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Domestic Violence Commission Reconvened by Mayor Demings

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings recently reconvened the Orange County Domestic Violence Commission. The first meeting was held on Monday, October 21, 2019, during which the 21-member Commission discussed its broad...

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Eye in the Sky: Parks and Recreation Division Introduces Surveillance Cameras on Local Trails

As a proactive public safety measure for the community, Orange County Parks and Recreation Division has installed four new surveillance cameras on multi-use pedestrian trails, including the West Orange Trail, Pine Hills Trail, Little Econ Greenway and Cady Way Trail. The cameras have been placed in locations purposely visible in an effort to...

Orange County Fire Rescue Celebrates Graduation of 87th Recruit Class and Promotion Ceremony

Orange County Fire Rescue recently added 28 new firefighter recruits to its ranks. A formal graduation and badge-pinning ceremony was held September 20, 2019, and included appointments by Mayor Jerry L. Demings of the deputy fire chief and a division chief.

“I am honored and proud to welcome the newest members of the Orange...

Business

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Orange County Awarded $20 Million Federal BUILD Grant to Reimagine Mobility in the Region

National leaders recently gathered in Lake Nona to announce the recipients of $900 million in federal BUILD grants awarded by the U.S. Department of...

Mayor Demings speaks at the Housing for All news conference

A County That Works For Everyone: Mayor Demings’ Housing for All Task Force Unveils Final Recommendations

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings’ Housing For All Task Force recently unveiled its 10-year plan to add tens of thousands of new attainable...

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Orange County Jail Receives High Marks from Recent Inspection

An Inspection Team spent October 24, 2019 analyzing Orange County Corrections for the annual Florida Model Jail Standards (FMJS) audit. The team was comprised of...