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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the level of community transmission in Orange County, FL is high.

As of yesterday, July 28, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is more than 15.58 percent. Additional County statistics include:

  • Orange County residents 12+ with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine: 62.34 percent
  • Single-day positivity rate for July 27: 19.18 percent
  • New COVID-19 cases in Orange County: 1,371—an all-time high
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 160,503
  • Total deaths in Orange County: 1,390

Yesterday, July 28, 2021, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced and signed Executive Order 2021-24, declaring a State of Local Emergency for Orange County.

The executive order strongly considers the data from Orange County health care providers that have experienced an increase in emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths related to COVID-19 resulting in more inpatients and more ventilator use for some providers than at any other time during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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In accordance with CDC recommendations, masks are encouraged and extra masks and hand sanitizer will be provided.

Save the Date!

  • AUGUST 10: Maximize Your Membership :: 8am-9am @ e|spaces
  • AUGUST 19: Third Thursday :: 5pm-6:30pm @ CI Group
  • AUGUST 25: Lunch and Learn - Social Media Strategy :: 11:30am-1pm @ e|spaces
  • SEPTEMBER 1: Lunch + Learn - Women in Wealth and Financial Health :: 11:30am-1pm @ Gambin Financial Group

In addition, please save the date for our DOP signature events:

  • OCTOBER 29: 60th Anniversary Golf Scramble :: 8am @ Dubsdread Golf Course
  • DATE TBD: State of Downtown with Mayor Buddy Dyer

Gatsby's Grand Opening - Thursday, July 29
I know your gumshoes are getting antsy about Gatsby's Grand Opening tonight from 9 PM - 2 AM. You want to know - will it be ritzy? A little high-hat? Or is it just another dive? Is it stocked with panther sweat and giggle juice? Do the coppers have a lead on it? Well, it's almost time to set your peepers on the real deal. It's not too late to snag your spot by clicking HERE. Please note there is a $20 cover charge.



Kids Beating Cancer Hats & Heroes Ball Chosen as #1 Charity Gala by Orlando Magazine
Orlando Magazine voters selected Kids Beating Cancer Hats & Heroes Ball as the #1 charity gala again this year. You won't want to miss this event featuring Idina Menzel on Saturday, Sept. 25. Tickets and sponsorship are available here!

Small Business Owner and Entrepreneur Survey
The City of Orlando is funding an initiative through Forward Cities, along with Orange County and Black Orlando Tech, to learn more about the local economy for entrepreneurs and inform the design of a response that increases equitable access to resources. If you are a current business owner or aspiring entrepreneur in Orlando or Orange County, we would love to hear about your experiences as an entrepreneur. For the purpose of this survey, we are focused on small businesses with less than 20 employees. Please complete this form to register for the survey

Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk
Thornton Park District will host a Wine & Art Walk on Thursday, August 12 from 6:30-9:00 pm for a night of Art, Music, Night Market and Adult Libations at The Stubborn Mule! Pre-sale tickets are only $10 and can be purchased through the Wine & Art Walk link. Dogs are welcome!



AdventHealth Recognized as the #1 Hospital in Greater Orlando
For the 11th consecutive year, AdventHealth has been recognized as the #1 hospital in Greater Orlando by U.S. News & World Report. They were also nationally ranked by the U.S. News & World Report in 3 Adult Specialties - including Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, and Neurology & Neurosurgery - and 1 Children's Specialty: Neonatology. Congratulations to AdventHealth on a terrific achievement! 

Special Events Grant Program
The anticipated return of the Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) Special Events Funding program has returned, with new guidelines and eligibility requirements. The CRA’s Special Events Grant Program will support diverse arts and cultural opportunities to encourage a variety of entertainment within the area. The purpose of this program is to provide funding through grants to support events that promote the goals and objectives of CRA’s Redevelopment Plan for the area, the DTOutlook. Events held in the downtown area will serve to bring together a wide variety of people, both locally and nationally, to experience engaged programming that will help to build social connections and strengthen the economic development of the area.

Applications will open Sunday, August 1, 2021 and will close Tuesday, August 31 at 11:59 pm EST for events taking place October 2021 – April 2022. Different applications dates are assigned for events taking place later in 2022. For more information, and eligibility requirements, click here.

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