Community & Services

Not in My Backyard: Housing for All Task Force Tackles Affordable Housing Stigma

When Tiffany Manuel, Ph.D., president and CEO of TheCaseMade, spoke before Orange County Mayor Demings’ Housing for All Task Force in September 2019, her message was clear. Orange County – like many other county and city entities – does not have a public awareness problem surrounding affordable housing. Everybody is talking about it, but acceptance is another story.

“When you ask people if they believe affordable housing is important, they say they do, so then you tell them you’re going to build it in their neighborhood, and these same folks come out and shut you down because they don’t want it there,” said Manuel. “The truth is, we need the people who need affordable housing.”

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24 Years of Excellence: Orange County Procurement Division Recognized Again with National Award

The Orange County Government Procurement Division was recently recognized by the National Procurement Institute with the 2019 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement.®

The award...

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Global Cultures to be Showcased at FusionFest2019

When Terry Olson was hired by Orange County to create the Arts and Cultural Affairs Office in 2001, he knew it was the...

] Orange County Corrections staff member Linda A. Brooks, Orange County Undersheriff Mark Canty, Florida Secretary of Corrections Mark Inch, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, and Orange County Corrections Chief Louis A. Quiñones, Jr.

Florida Association of Community Corrections Annual Training Institute Meets in Orange County

This year’s Florida Association of Community Corrections Annual Training Institute recently met in Orange County to discuss best practices, as well as how...

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Summer Spells Hunger for Many Kids

Orange County Partners with Second Harvest for its Summer Camps

Across Central Florida, students have been enjoying summer vacation, but for some children, summertime means...

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Orange County Government TV Wins Seven Prestigious Telly Awards

Honoring Excellence in Local, Regional and Cable Television

Orange County Government access channel Orange TV has been honored by the 40th Annual Telly...

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Orange County Jail’s Culinary Program Serves up Job Skills

Tory Blackwell, a former Orange County Corrections Department inmate, is now lead cook at a popular local restaurant thanks to IN2WORK vocational training....

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Deterring Crime through Preventative Measures: Upcoming Topic at Orange County Community Conference

For Jason Reynolds in the Orange County Neighborhood Services Division, the concept of reducing crime through environmental design has always been fascinating. While...

Two women carrying flags of different nations on a pole. Behind them is a large screen that reads "You can be You here. Fusion Fest."

FusionFest Opens Call to Performers, Artists, Vendors and Volunteers

Through August 1, 2019, FusionFest.org is issuing a call for performers, artists, vendors and volunteers to register their “Intent to Participate” in the...

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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...