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As you know, the Golden Brick Awards, sponsored by Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center, were scheduled to take place back in April. While the time to honor Orlando’s civic, cultural, and corporate leaders in person will come, it is important to recognize these organizations and individuals now. These projects are an ignition to inspiration, and they are more important now than ever before. That being said (insert drum roll), we are excited to announce the first virtual Golden Brick Awards to be held throughout the week of August 17!

GBA Week Details.
Event details and registration information will be sent to you soon, but here is a sneak peek of what to expect during the first ever virtual Golden Brick Awards.

  • Each day three awards will be presented through a specially curated Zoom event hosted by Josh Wyche.
  • Each Zoom event will be held at 12:00 PM and last approximately 1 hour.
  • Categories to be awarded each day will be announced the day prior through our Instagram and Facebook pages.
  • GBA Week will culminate in announcing the winners for the Awards of Excellence and showcasing the Downtowner of the Year.

Nominated Projects.
For those curious about which projects are in the running, you are in luck. Over the past few months we highlighted the GBA nominated projects through our social media channels (so be sure to follow us!), website and other communications. More still to come, so be sure to check back often. In case you missed the previous posts, don't  worry, you can find all past posts on Facebook, Instagram and the DOP website.

Consider your lunch card full.

Shout out to our newest friends and supporters - and those who are celebrating milestone anniversaries with the Downtown Orlando Partnership!

Welcome New Members!
Connect Member:
Stevens Construction
Stevens Construction is a healthcare, hospitality and commercial general contractor with locations throughout Florida. Stevens Construction’s Orlando team has previously completed multiple projects for various campuses of AdventHealth, as well as projects for Osceola Regional Medical Center, Hilton Grand Vacations, Lennar and other hospitality properties. The Orlando location has recently moved into a new office at 111 North Magnolia Ave.

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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
Do Masks Actually Work?
"Maggie Koerth and Kaleigh Rogers join the show to discuss the science of face masks, and whether we actually know anything now that we didn't know when the pandemic started."

Short Wave
Understanding Unconscious Bias
"The human brain can process 11 million bits of information every second. But our conscious minds can handle only 40 to 50 bits of information a second. So our brains sometimes take cognitive shortcuts that can lead to unconscious or implicit bias, with serious consequences for how we perceive and act toward other people."

Barron's Streetwise
Bob Iger on Disney after Coronavirus (rebroadcast)
"Disney executive chairman on how the coronavirus will change theme parks, movies and streaming."

Quick Reads. 
Fast Company
How to Promote Yourself Without Sounding Obnoxious
"It's important to be able to talk positively about your accomplishments if you want that job, raise, or new opportunity."

Where the Latest COVID-19 Models Think We're Headed - and Why They Disagree

Forbes Spotlight
100 Black-Owned Businesses to Support
"Voting with your pocketbook is one of the best ways to effect change in a capitalist society."

The Ringer
Sports are Coming Back. Is Sports Media Coming Back with It?
"When games return this summer, things will look a lot different. Can Journalists continue to cover sports like they once did?"

Guilty Pleasures
I Think He Knows | Taylor Swift
No Drug Like Me | Carly Rae Jepsen
Lights Up | Harry Styles
FAKE LOVE | Japanese ver. – BTS
Be Kind (with Halsey) | Marshmello, Halsey
Don't Start Now | Dua Lipa
Saturday Nights | Khalid
Only Human | Jonas Brothers

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