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Input Needed for Inclusive Playgrounds


Orange County Parks and Recreation will host two public meetings in March and April for families to meet face-to-face with Planning staff and provide input on future inclusive playground designs and plans. Families may come in at any time from 5 – 7:30 p.m. (see dates below) to see what equipment and designs might be used and offer their opinions and suggestions. A survey link will be provided that families can complete when convenient.

Command Post Technologies Announces Central Florida Expansion

Orlando, Fla. (February 28, 2020) Central Florida’s well-known modeling, simulation and training industry is getting a new neighbor.

Virginia-based Command Post Technologies announced today they are starting a significant expansion into the Central Florida area, starting as a soft-landing client of UCF’s Research Park Innovation District.

Look Both Ways: Operation Vision Zero Enforcement Begins

Thirteen law enforcement agencies across Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Brevard Counties are on a mission to save lives with the launch of Operation Vision Zero, a high visibility enforcement and public awareness campaign calling on drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to exercise greater caution and obey Florida’s traffic safety laws when on the road.

The first wave of Operation Vision Zero enforcement began on February 27, 2020 and will continue throughout the month. March is the second highest month for pedestrian and bicyclists injuries and fatalities in these four counties.

Mayor Jerry L. Demings and Commissioner Christine Moore to Dedicate Lockhart Community History Mural

WHAT: Dedication and unveiling of the Lockhart Community History Mural. District 2 Commissioner Christine Moore and Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings will be joined by the Riverside Elementary School Chorus, Riverside Rhythm Drum Core and guitarist Bobby Sander.

Commissioner Moore collaborated with local artist Lisa Mikler, to create a four-panel mural that depicts Lockhart from its early beginnings as a thriving lumber town on the Little Wekiva River, to a vision for its future.

Orange County Government’s Census 2020 Community Canvassing Day

WHAT: Join Orange County Government’s Complete Count Committee on the morning of Saturday, March 7, 2020 as we encourage households to participate in Census 2020. Volunteers will canvass areas that have been historically undercounted in previous census periods. The goal is to increase the overall accuracy, completeness and timeliness of the census count for Orange County. We will canvass the following areas:

Orlo Vista
Holden Heights
South Apopka/Paradise Heights
Pine Hills/Mercy Drive

Orange County to Host Community Repair Event, ‘Don’t Pitch It, Fix It!’

Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD) will host a community repair event where volunteer “fixers”  will offer free minor repairs of gently used household items; such as electronics, bicycles, jewelry, eyeglasses, watches, clothing and more.

Sustainability, innovation and collaboration are exemplified in this workshop. This event encourages residents to extend the life of their belongings by having them fixed, thereby consuming less and reducing the amount of trash sent to the landfill.

Orange County Selected as a Grantee for the 2020 LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program

Orange County, Fla. (February 25, 2020) – Orange County Government has been selected as a Grantee for the 2020 LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The program helps local governments committed to accelerating progress on climate change, resilience and social equity planning, measure and track performance using LEED.

Orange County was chosen among 20 other communities in the United States that will become “sister” cities through the process of collecting consistent data, setting goals and creating programs that enhance sustainability and human health. The County will have the opportunity to share best practices and benchmark progress against other world-class communities.