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Dear DOP Partners and Friends,

As we continue to make our way through all the twists and turns placed on our paths, I want you to know that the Downtown Orlando Partnership remains dedicated to our mission: We continue to connect, collaborate, and contribute to the best possible future for Downtown Orlando. DOP continually seeks opportunities for our members to create sustainable partnerships in environments where they can thrive and build avenues that benefit the community and our entire region.

DOP understands that COVID-19 affects businesses in different ways, and we have taken steps to ensure that all members remain in good standing. DOP also extended many benefits beyond membership levels to provide the best support possible. Such benefits include making necessary adjustments to our model and initiating new strategies. Here are more details regarding the measures and actions we are taking:

  • Extending communications benefits to all members
  • Connecting members to public and private resources
  • Advocating our members in recovery efforts
  • Advocacy and support to the hospitality industry
  • Adjusting DOP staff and responsibilities to sustain organizational capacity
  • Partnering with other cities to create a statewide association of downtown leaders to increase thought leadership and extend influence
  • Adjusting the DOP strategic plan to actively lead on behalf of our partners
  • Initiating the redesign of the DOP website to better serve our members

Thank you for your sustained investment in the future of DOP and our Downtown City Beautiful. As members, the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and contribute is all around you. Through committee participation, attending or sponsoring virtual events, and small group opportunities you can stay engaged on various levels. Members have a direct line to team DOP, and we want to hear from you on how we can help create your best member experience. By following DOP social media channels and receiving weekly email publications, you stay connected to fellow DOP members and our Downtown community.

It is because of your continued support that we can achieve these organizational goals and support you, our partners. You are the reason that our partnership is stronger than ever.  You are the reason we can withstand this unimaginable challenge. Together we can create a lasting and supportive community.

Stay well,
Josh Wyche
Your DOP Executive Director


Orlando Weekly's 2020 Best of Orlando is now in the final round of voting. Voting continues through August 2, with the winners announced on August 19. Check out fellow DOP members up for a 'Best of' award!

Beth Hobart with Mainframe Realty
City Arts
Delaney Tavern
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Eola Wine Room
Ivanhoe Park Brewing
JA Edwards of America
Kres Chophouse
Mad Cow Theatre
Mathers Social Gathering
New Moon
Oklahoma Stackhouse
Orange County Library System
Orange County Regional History Center
Orlando City
Orlando Magic
Orlando Pride
Orlando Solar Bears
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
The Abbey
The Boheme
The Grand Bohemian
The Robinson
The Wellborn
UCF Knights

Rock the vote.


Check out the new podcasts, quick reads and tunes I put together for this week. Hit me up if you have any suggestions or want to do a guest playlist takeover. Enjoy!

FiveThirtyEight: PODCAST-19
What we Now Know about Face Masks
This week’s episode of PODCAST-19 is all about face masks — whether they’re effective, why our thinking on them has evolved, and what you should look for when you buy one of your own. Maggie Koerth and Kaleigh Rogers, two of FiveThirtyEight’s reporters on the COVID-19 beat, join the show to share whether the science supporting the use of face masks has really changed as the pandemic has gone on.

Ezra Klein Show
Nicholas Carr on deep reading and digital thinking
Ezra Klein brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research.

How I Built This with Guy Raz
How I Built Resilience: Live with Melanie Perkins and Bill Creelman
This week, the online design platform Canva closed a new round of funding, bringing the company's valuation to $6 billion. Founder Melanie Perkins is also focused on helping her employees work from home, while supporting more than 30 million users worldwide. Also: Spindrift can't sell its sparkling water in many restaurants that are closed because of COVID-19, but founder Bill Creelman has seen a significant uptick in grocery store and e-commerce sales. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with founders and entrepreneurs about how they're navigating turbulent times.

GQ: How to Deal with Reopening Anxiety
There's less clarity than ever on how people should act or what the future might hold—so work on what you can control.

GQ: Summer Sneakers
Four new releases that'll brighten up your rotation.

Burning | Maggie Rogers
Rich Man | Vampire Weekend
This Side of Paradise | JR JR
My Love |  Anna of the North
You Want The Sun | Niki & The Dove
Free Spirit | Khalid
Puppy Llama | Coast Modern
Summer Love | Carly Rae Jepsen


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