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Orange County Celebrates 10th Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

Brightly dressed Polynesian dancers, a Japanese tea ceremony, rhythmic Taiko drummers and Tai chi demonstrations were all part of an annual celebration marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI). Hosted by Orange County and Orange County Asian Committee (OCAC) the May 10 celebration was held at the Orange County Administration Building in...

Keeping Mentally Ill Offenders Out of Jail Critical in Improving Health System of Care

It’s a reality that most jails across the country house more mentally ill people than do hospitals. More than 40 percent of inmates have...

Orange County Public Works Pitches in after Tragic Crash

It was a horrific accident in March of 2021, as FHP troopers determined a speeding SUV struck the side of a car, killing two...

“You Spoke—We Listened!” Over 19,000 Orange County Residents Weigh in on Transportation Survey Ahead of April 26, 2022 Commissioner Vote

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) will vote on whether to place a proposed one-cent sales tax...

Community & Services

Orange County Celebrates 10th Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

Brightly dressed Polynesian dancers, a Japanese tea ceremony, rhythmic Taiko drummers and Tai chi demonstrations were all part of an annual celebration marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI). Hosted by Orange...

“You Spoke—We Listened!” Over 19,000 Orange County Residents Weigh in on Transportation Survey Ahead of April 26, 2022 Commissioner Vote

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) will vote on whether to place a proposed one-cent sales tax increase on the fall ballot. Voters would then decide if...

Every Day is Earth Day

Earth Day is a great reminder to celebrate and protect our planet and its inhabitants. It is equally important to be mindful, throughout the entire year, of the impact of our daily actions. Whether we are enjoying one of Orange County’s more than 100 parks or trails, or swapping out that single-use cup for...

Public Health & Safety

Keeping Mentally Ill Offenders Out of Jail Critical in Improving Health System of Care

It’s a reality that most jails across the country house more mentally ill people than do hospitals. More than 40 percent of inmates have a mental health diagnosis at the Orange County jail, making...

Orange County Public Works Pitches in after Tragic Crash

It was a horrific accident in March of 2021, as FHP troopers determined a speeding SUV struck the side of a car, killing two mothers and three children in West Orange County. It happened...

Mayor Demings: We Must Improve Mental and Behavioral Health Care

The mental health and behavioral system of care have been overburdened for years, and recent research suggests the situation has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Orange County is no exception. With the isolation brought on by COVID-19, suicides and drug overdoses have been on the rise, and an estimated 40% of inmates at the...

Business

2022 Orange County Regional Economic Summit: Three Things You Need to Know

The annual Orange County Regional Economic Summit, hosted by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, in collaboration with the Orlando Economic Partnership, was held on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at Full Sail Live in Winter...

How to Control Invasive Species

Invasive species occur throughout Florida’s landscape in many forms, including plants, animals and insects. They can be aggressive and sometimes out-compete Florida’s native species. When these species take over natural areas, local wildlife is...

Return to Stable: Fitch Ratings Affirms Orange County’s TDT Revenue Bonds

Following a routine annual credit rating surveillance process, Fitch Ratings (one of the “Big Four” credit rating agencies along with Moody’s, Kroll and Standard & Poor’s) has published a Rating Action Commentary affirming the Orange County Tourist Development Tax (TDT) revenue bonds’ “AA” rating and returning the outlook to “stable.” “This outlook upgrade is...