LAST CALL FOR PROJECTS!GBA Project Submissions Close April 24 @ 11:59pm Any project completed between January 1 and December 31, 2021 that positively impacts Downtown Orlando is eligible for entry in the Golden Brick Awards, presented by AdventHealth. Apply today!ARTS – HKS ArchitectsCOMMUNITY – First Presbyterian Church of OrlandoCOMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT – Dean MeadDIVERSITY – JP Morgan Chase HOSPITALITY – Visit OrlandoINNOVATION + TECHNOLOGY – University of Central FloridaNEW OFFICE DESIGN – CI Group OrlandoPUBLIC WORKS – Team Market GroupREDESIGN + RENOVATION – Servpro of Southwest OrlandoRESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT – Charlan Brock ArchitectsSPORTS + SPECIAL EVENTS – Balfour BeattySUSTAINABILITY + RESILIENCY – PrismaticAWARD OF EXCELLENCE – Sponsored by STAXThank you again to our event sponsors: Addition Financial, Downtown Development Board, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando Business Journal, Orlando Magic, Orlando Museum of Art, and OUC – The Reliable One.UPCOMING DOP EVENTSSave the Date! MAY 6: First Friday Coffee :: 8-9am @ Eat the Frog Fitness MAY 19: Third Thursday :: 5-6:30pm @ Big Storm Brewing CompanyDOWNTOWN BUZZ Earth Day Work Day 2022 Join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando for this year’s Earth Day Work Day on Friday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on City Hall Plaza. Learn more about green living, recycling and more at this lunchtime sustainability fair. Earth Day Work Day will also feature games, giveaways, music and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, click here.Mexican National Team Makes Its First Appearance Since 2015 At Orlando’s Camping World Stadium – Ticket Discount Available! The 2022 MexTour is kicking off in Orlando! Cheer on the Mexican National Team vs Guatemala on April 27 at Camping World Stadium. Use the passcode “M2N2T” to unlock a $5 off ticket offer. Get your tickets today.UCF Business Incubation Program Partners with 1 Million Cups Orlando Two key elements of the Central Florida entrepreneurship ecosystem are joining forces to provide an in-person showcase of local businesses. Starting on April 27, 1 Million Cups Orlando will host its first live event since 2020 at the Orlando UCF Business Incubator on East Colonial Drive. In addition, Michael Weiss, who manages the Orlando and Downtown incubators, will be joining the 1 Million Cups Orlando as an organizer. Every week, 1 Million Cups Orlando provides an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to share the story of their business. It’s not a funding pitch, but an opportunity to build awareness and receive feedback from other entrepreneurs.FAIRWINDS Credit Union Completes Acquisition of Citizens Bank of Florida FAIRWINDS just completed the successful acquisition of Citizens Bank of Florida, a community financial institution headquartered in Oviedo, Florida with assets of $509 million. With the merger complete, FAIRWINDS assets now total over $4.6 billion. The acquisition also provides a significant boost to FAIRWINDS’ commercial portfolio bringing the total portfolio to $602 million, the third largest commercial portfolio among Florida credit unions. It also significantly expands FAIRWINDS’ commercial team, nearly doubling the number of commercial bankers to serve the needs of Florida businesses and beyond. FAIRWINDS is acquiring six Citizens Bank branches and is retaining all current Citizens Bank employees.DID YOU KNOW? Valencia College Reveals New Mascot Valencia College has unveiled its new mascot – and it’s the Valencia Puma. At the request of student leaders, the college began the search for a new mascot in November 2021. College officials received more than 650 suggestions, ranging from a velociraptor to a tomato. Led by student government members, a committee whittled the choices down to three finalists: an orange, a cardinal and a puma.The Great Gatsby From April 28th-May 1st, see Orlando Ballet’s The Great Gatsby at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts. The Great Gatsby will transport you back to the Roaring Twenties through lavish and cinematic sets, choreography by Jorden Morris, with original score by Carl Davis. Mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby has a fondness for extravagant parties and beautiful women. As the sparkling façade of his world begins to slip, the solitude, fascination, and heartbreak that lies beneath is exposed. Experience the decadence of history’s most carefree decade, as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel unfolds through dance. Get your tickets here.Orlando Book Festival The Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Enjoy panels and talks from bestselling authors from all over the state, including a keynote from New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey. The festival is on April 30th, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information, click here.