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August 10, 2023: Updates from Mayor Buddy Dyer

Updates from Mayor Buddy Dyer

Hybrid Meeting – August 10, 2023

As Mayor, Buddy Dyer has been focused on making the promise of Orlando – ensuring a great quality of life for residents and expanding opportunity for all – a reality. By choosing collaboration and unity over partisanship and division, Mayor Dyer has worked to increase partnerships between Central Florida’s government organizations, businesses, non-profit groups, and residents to help shape Orlando into a vibrant, inclusive community that is focused on the future.

That promise starts with the City of Orlando’s most important role: helping to keep the community safe. Through a restructuring, the Orlando Police Department has been able to increase the number of officers on patrol by 20 percent over the last several months, resulting in a decrease in shootings and overall violent crime. Mayor Dyer’s commitment to public safety is also reflected in the Orlando Fire Department being recognized as one of the elite departments in the entire country.

Mayor Dyer has been focused on making sure that every person in Orlando has equitable access to opportunities by expanding youth programs and diversifying the region’s economy through the creation of new high-wage jobs. He’s helped the city become one of the nation’s best places to launch a small business and a leader in sustainability. Other achievements include SunRail, the region’s first commuter rail line, two new community venues – the Amway Center and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – and the renovation of Camping World Stadium.

Mayor Dyer is the leading voice for Orlando, and all of Central Florida, to address challenges that are impacting communities nationwide, including homelessness and affordable housing. The City of Orlando is helping advance the shared priority that every resident has a safe place to sleep and their basic needs of clothing, food and hygiene are met. Mayor Dyer is also ensuring that the need for safe, affordable housing for residents is addressed by making investments and creating partnerships to bring new and rehabilitated apartments and homes to the city.

Prior to being elected Mayor, he served in the Florida Senate. Mayor Dyer earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Brown University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida College of Law. He was born in Orlando and raised in nearby Kissimmee. Mayor Dyer is married to Susie and is the proud father of two sons, Trey and Drew, and a beloved dog, Sammie.

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