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Orange County Government Celebrates 2019 Black History Festival on the Lawn

The aroma of family-style cuisine and the melody of percussion and woodwind instruments filled the air around Orange County Government during the Black History Festival on the Lawn on Friday, Feb. 15. The afternoon celebration at the administration center in downtown Orlando, hosted by the Black History Committee of Orange County, Inc., recognizes the significant […]

Four residents and community leaders, all men, standing in front of a large map. They are outside on an overcast day.

First Segment of Orange County’s Portion of Shingle Creek Trail Opens

With more than 100 miles of paved and natural trails across Orange County, residents and guests have countless options when it comes to enjoying...

A family of five stand alongside Mayor Demings in front of their new Habitat for Humanity house.

Home Sweet Habitat: Builders Blitz Brings Four Families New Affordable Homes

For six years, single mom Anna Noguera lived in a one-room motel with her three children. She was working to save for an apartment...

Three Habitat for Humanity employees wearing vests and hard hats pose for a photo. In the background, homes are actively being built.

Orange County Government Division of Building Safety Supports Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County’s 2019 Builders Blitz

At promptly 7 a.m. Monday morning on Feb. 4, 2019, a horn signaled the beginning of a home build. Within minutes, walls for four...

Mayor Demings reading to school children

Mayor Demings Celebrates Literacy Week with Head Start After School Program

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings surprised the staff and students enrolled in the County’s Hal P. Marston Head Start Center on Wednesday, Jan. 30...

Mayor Demings, Mayor Dyer, Commissioner Uribe, and other community leaders stand with shovels in hand as they pose for a photo to celebrate the groundbreaking and expansion of Barber Park.

Barber Park to Expand with New Multi-Purpose Fields and Splash Pad

Orange County Parks and Recreation held its groundbreaking ceremony for two new multi-purpose recreational fields and a splash pad at Barber Park on Friday,...

Mayor Demings holding the proclamation he and the rest of the Board of County Commissioners issued recognizing Black History Month in Orange County. The board and the Black History Committee of Orange County stand in the Chambers.

Orange County Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Commemorates Black History Month 2019

Orange County Government’s leadership and its employees participated in several community events throughout January to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....

Mayor Demings, community leaders, and representatives from the NFL stand on a platform alongside the trophy for the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl game.

NFL’s Green Initiative Revitalizes Ivey Lane Park in Orange County

The National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl returned to Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. This is the third year...

Orange County Fire Rescue Chief Otto Drozd, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, and a female graduate from the Fire Rescue academy are standing next to each other posing for a photo.

Orange County Fire Rescue Graduates Most Female Firefighters on Record

The Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) swore in Class 84 on Jan. 11, 2019, the third and final class in a series of...

A man kneeling and embracing a large dog while smiling. The two of them are outside in one of Orange County Animal Services' play areas.

Orange County Animal Services Announces 2018 Milestones

Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) released their 2018 statistics, highlighting another record year for adoptions, administration services, social media outreach and more. Shelter accomplishments...