Orange County Government, Florida

District 1 Economic Development

Boosting our local economy

Overview

A strong economy ripe with job opportunities is critical to ensuring the prosperity of Orange County residents now and in the future. In District 1, Commissioner Boyd works toward several key initiatives focused on economic growth.

Woslted Task Force

The West Orange/South Lake Transportation and Economic Development (WOSLTED) Task Force was initiated in January 2000 with the goal of promoting transportation in the West Orange/South Lake (WOSL) region and serving as champion for West State Road 50 funding. After a 2008-10 hiatus, Commissioner Boyd re‐energized the task force in 2011, changing its name and bylaws and refocusing its priorities on cross-county regional, transportation, economic and development issues. The WOSLTED site has more detailed information available.

Venues Funding

The venues funding package amended by the Board of County Commissioners in late 2013 was a significant step forward in the economic development of Orange County. Commissioner Boyd supported the funding of three key venues: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Florida Citrus Bowl and Orlando City Major League Soccer Stadium.

These venues will add an improved vitality to our community while boosting the economy with new jobs and an increase in tourism, arts and culture.

UCF Incubator Study

Commissioned in partnership with the University of Central Florida, the study was conducted to determine whether a new business incubator site would be feasible in the West Orange/South Lake County region of Central Florida, part of UCF’s existing business incubator program.

The business incubator concept is a facility with associated programs and services that work together to improve the success rate of both start-up and existing small businesses.

Commissioner Boyd, along with the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and former Representative Steve Precourt, helped to facilitate the study, which concluded a business incubator would be “conditionally feasible” in this area. Commissioner Boyd remains in collaboration with UCF as evaluation of next steps are conducted.

Horizon West Town Center

The Horizon West Town Center serves as a hub for the Horizon West community, which totals 3,700 acres and, when completed will feature 4,870 homes. Additionally, non-residential amenities will include 8 million-square-feet earmarked for retail stores, services, restaurants, office buildings, a corporate campus, hospital and healthcare facilities, hotels and a Valencia College campus. The Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge, located within the town center, is consistently ranked as one of the top public courses in the U.S. and also used as the golf demonstration hub for the annual PGA Golf Show held at the Orange County Convention Center.

Contact Us

Commissioner S. Scott Boyd
201 S. Rosalind Ave., 5th Floor
Orlando, FL 32801

Email: district1@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-7350
Fax: (407) 836-5879

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