DOWNTOWN BUSINESS NEWSOath of Office Ceremony This past Monday, Mayor Dyer and Commissioners Tony Ortiz, Patty Sheehan, and Bakari F. Burns took part in a public service tradition that has withstood the test of time: the oath of office ceremony. After taking the oath at the Dr. Phillip's Center, they all started new four-year terms. This ceremony is an important part of Orlando's municipal government process. It lays the foundation for our elected officials to begin or continue their public service to the residents of Orlando. Congratulations, Mayor and Commissioners! Visit Orlando's DestinationNEXT SurveyVisit Orlando is developing a Destination Tourism Master Plan to inform and guide the creation of a roadmap and 10-year vision for visitor-based economic growth and development for Orange County. The benefit of destination planning is that it connects the dots between the visitor economy, economic development and community well-being. Critical to this work will be the input of key stakeholders and residents. This week, Visit Orlando invited community leaders to join a kickoff meeting of the Destination Tourism Master Plan Steering Committee that will guide the development of this strategy and act as champions throughout the implementation process. They are still seeking feedback for the plan, so if you have not yet participated in a destination survey, please share your feedback here: DestinationNEXT 2.0 - Orlando SurveyUnited Arts Campaign Kickoff & Donation Matching Join United Arts and 37 of their campaign partners as they kickoff the 2024 Collaborative Campaign for the arts on January 18th from 5:30-8pm at Porsche South Orlando. Help fuel the arts and support local artists and organizations at this one-of-a-kind celebration. Register here today! Also, now through April 30th, donations made towards the campaign are eligible for a 15% match and will directly support Snap! Orlando. Click here to donate now. Community-Wide International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a global observance dedicated to honoring the memory of the millions who suffered and perished during the Holocaust. In honor of the international memorial day on January 27th, the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida is hosting a Community-Wide International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration at the Winter Park Library on Thursday, January 25th, from 6:30-8pm. Through commemorative events, educational initiatives, and acts of remembrance, people around the world come together to ensure that the stories of those who endured the Holocaust are never forgotten and that the lessons learned are used to promote tolerance, understanding, and peace. This program is free to attend, but registration is required.
DTO EVENTS40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Downtown Orlando Parade Don't miss the 40th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Downtown Orlando Parade sponsored by Orange County, Mayor's MLK Commission, and the Southwest Orlando Jayvees on Saturday, January 13th, from 10am-1pm. This event will feature dance, comedy, community organizations, drum lines, music, artistic expression, and more. The parade theme is "It Starts with Me - Shifting the Cultural Climate Through the Study and Practice of Kingian Nonviolence". Click here for more information. FAUNE: A Citywide Public [AR]t Installation In collaboration collaboration with world-renowned digital artists Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne, Snap! Orlando's CITY UNSEEN presents the U.S. Premiere of FAUNE, a series of 10 large format outdoor posters installed throughout the city, revealing 3D augmented reality. The first public art experience will open January 27th in Downtown Orlando and Creative Village. Click here to see all locations and learn more! U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials In just a few weeks, Orlando will welcome the nation's elite male and female long-distance runners to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon for the chance to represent Team USA at the Olympic Games Paris 2024! Witness the spirit of sportsmanship on Saturday, February 3, 2024 in downtown Orlando's city streets. This marks a significant milestone for Orlando, as we will be the first city in Florida to host this extraordinary event. As we prepare to welcome athletes and spectators from across the nation, we also embrace the opportunity to showcase our vibrant, welcoming and inclusive community to the world. The City of Orlando, Orange County, Track Shack Events, the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, USA Track & Field, and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, are proud to be the first city in Florida to host this monumental event. Click here for more event information! The 2024 Pro Bowl Games For the first time in three years, the NFL will return to Orlando to celebrate the league's best players as they compete in a multi-day AFC vs. NFC competition with skills shutdowns and the highly anticipated flag football game, The 2024 Pro Bowl Games. The skills shutdown will take place on Thursday, February 1st, live on ESPN at 7pm. The Pro Bowl Games Championship will take place on Sunday, February 4th, from 3-6pm at Camping World Stadium and live on ESPN and more. Learn more and get tickets HERE!