Press Releases

New KPMG Lakehouse in Orange County is a Catalyst for Innovation

KPMG Lakehouse, which promises to be a catalyst for innovation and enable KPMG’s 35,000 professionals to continuously learn, grow and develop, is now open in the Orange County community of Lake Nona.

During its first year of operation, KPMG expects to deliver more than one million hours of in-person professional development to 800 of its professionals each week at the 800,000-square-foot learning, development and innovation center.

Mayor Jerry L. Demings Announces Executive Director to Lead Orange County Convention Center

Mark TesterOrange County, Fla. – Mayor Jerry L. Demings is pleased to announce the selection of Mark Tester as the Orange County Convention Center’s (OCCC) new Executive Director. He will be responsible for overall operations, planning, marketing and all activities at the OCCC, while ensuring its positive economic impact for the community.

“I believe Mark Tester’s goals of creating high-end customer service and driving economic impact through sales and marketing aligns perfectly with my expectations for what the Orange County Convention Center can be, both now and in the future,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings.

Orange County Utilities Hosts Community Collection of Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste in Southwest Orange County

Orange County Utilities invites Orange County residents to a Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste* Community Collection Event on Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Freedom High School located at 2500 W. Taft Vineland Road, Orlando. Participants will have the opportunity to properly dispose of hazardous and electronic waste – free of charge.

Photo featuring examples of Household Hazardous Waste: gas cans, cleaners, spray cans, paint, computer and monitor..The following items will be accepted:

Orange County Animal Services Closes Out Year 2019 with Increased Adoptions

Orange County Animal ServicesOrange County, Fla. –  Reflecting on fiscal year 2019, Orange County Animal Services reaches record-breaking numbers in adoptions, live release rates, and rescue transfers. More than 95,000 guests visited the shelter located near the Mall at Millenia and approximately 400 volunteers logged in more than 24,000 hours, which helped facilitate 8,858 adoptions. Eighty-two percent of animals brought into the shelter were either adopted, transferred to rescue partners or returned to their owners. This 82% live release rate increased from the 78% achieved in fiscal year 2018. Animal Services is the county’s only open admission shelter, meaning no animal in need is turned away, regardless of their individual health or temperament challenges. As a result, the shelter receives approximately 17,000 pets annually.

“Each and every adoption is a life saved and we are truly thankful to witness this number grow year after year,” said Diane Summers, manager of Orange County Animal Services, who stepped into the role in August 2019 after previously managing the communications team, which oversees many of the live release programs. “When I think back to where we were at during the start of this decade, compared to now, I’m in awe of how our community support has grown and how so many have stepped up to help the shelter pets in a variety of ways – including adopting, sponsoring heartworm disease treatment for available dogs, volunteering and fostering pets in need.”

Orange County 2020 Charter Review Commission Public Hearing

Orange County, Fla. – Orange County 2020 Charter Review Commission Chair Camille Evans announces the sixth of six public hearings scheduled for Orange County residents.

Thursday, January 9, 2020  at 6:00 p.m.
Wekiva High School Auditorium
2501 N. Hiawassee Rd. Apopka, Florida 32703

Osceola Council on Aging to Provide Weatherization Services for Low Income Households in Orange County

Orange County, Fla.  – Orange County’s goal is to provide the best possible services to its residents. However, Orange County Government has terminated its administration of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).  Effective December 1, 2019, the WAP in Orange County has been transferred to the Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA). Qualified Orange County applicants will not be affected.

The WAP completes minor home repairs for low-income households with the mission of reducing the household’s monthly energy burden by increasing the home’s energy efficiency. Types of home repairs include: addressing air infiltration with weather stripping, caulking, replacing windows and doors; insulating attics and floors; repairing or replacing heating and cooling units and water heaters.

Orange County Corrections Chief Honored with Don Quijote Award

Orange County, Fla.  – Orange County Corrections Chief Louis A. Quiñones, Jr. was recognized with the highest honor in the excellence category at the 22nd Annual Don Quijote Awards over the weekend.

The Awards are presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) and Prospera and recognize businesses and individuals committed to excellence and to the development of the region’s Hispanic community.