Community & Services

Central Florida International Trade Office Program Manager Christopher Leggett stands with Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings as they both hold an award.

Central Florida International Trade Office Celebrates Five Years of Connecting Local Businesses to the World

The Central Florida International Trade Office (CFITO) celebrated five years of successfully connecting local businesses to the global marketplace on April 18, 2019 at the National Entrepreneur Center. In late 2013, Orange County Government and JPMorgan Chase & Co. partnered with the National Entrepreneur Center to establish the CFITO. Soon after, the City of Orlando became a sponsor and together they have been providing support and funding for the office to assist local businesses achieve international connectivity.

“Orange County is proud to have been one of the founding partners of the Central Florida International Trade Office,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. “Marketing beyond the borders of the United States is an important element of a company’s strategy for growth and risk mitigation in a global economy. CFITO has been instrumental in connecting local businesses to global opportunities.”

Four corrections officers carrying a picnic table with benches. They are outside under a pavilion.

Orange County’s Corrections Department Creates Culture of Sharing, Caring and Giving Back

In the last month alone, the Orange County Corrections Department has donated 500 pairs of obsolete but brand new cargo-style uniform pants to 10...

A group of twenty social media and technology influencers standing for a photo inside a conference room.

Orange County’s Social Media and Technology Workgroup Expands Citizen Engagement Efforts

Orange County’s Social Media and Technology Workgroup recently met with Mayor Jerry L. Demings to share ideas on digital trends, best practices and community...

Inside of the brightly lit Board of County Commissioners Chambers the Housing for All Task Force members sit in front of the dais at tables arranged in an oval shape as they discuss the items on the agenda. Individuals from the public are seated in the audience section.

Housing for All Task Force Begins Tackling Affordable Housing Crisis

According to the 2016 American Community Survey, an estimated 31 percent of Central Florida households are considered cost burdened and carrying housing costs that...

Mayor Demings is joined alongside panel members standing for a photo. There are nine men and women standing side by side wearing professional outfits.

National Forum for Black Public Administrators Meet In Orange County to Discuss Community Leadership and Engagement

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) recently held its annual national conference at the Hilton Orlando and hosted more than 1,000 African-American...

Five Head Start staff members, all women, standing in a diagonal line for a photo. They are smiling and are inside an office setting.

Orange County Head Start Division Recognized Nationally for Community Partnerships

Orange County’s Head Start Division recently co-hosted more than 2,000 guests at the National Head Start Association’s (NHSA) annual Parent and Family Engagement...

Mayor Demings, Commissioner Bonilla, Commissioner Gomez Cordero are joined by a dozen other individuals. They are standing for a photo and the Mayor is holding large scissors which he used to cut a ribbon.
A panel, Regional Topics and Vision, is on stage. It consists of Tim Giuliani, Mayor Demings, Mayor Dyer, Chair Campione, Chair Carey, and Chair Grieb. They are on stage sitting in a semi circle around a table, with the state and county flags in the background.

Orange County Regional Economic Summit Highlights Importance of Regional Partnerships

Mayor Jerry L. Demings joined partners from across Central Florida and the Orlando Economic Partnership to host the 2019 Orange County Regional Economic...

Two employees interacting with a dog and chatting, while a woman in the background plays with another dog. They're outside on a grassy patch.

Animal Services Continues Enrichment with Addition of New Training Class

Orange County Animal Services has now entered its 50th year in operation. Animal sheltering has drastically evolved since that time, when initially the sole...

Two community members stand near a wooded area by the side of a road holding trash bags and picking up litter. They're wearing bright orange safety vests.

Orange County’s Adopt-A-Highway Program Engages Community Members to Volunteer and Clean Up County-Maintained Roads

Since 1989, Orange County Government has managed a fun and educational program designed to allow citizens to make a positive impact by enhancing the...