Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer focuses on transportation, connectivity in annual address


At his annual State of the City speech, Mayor Buddy Dyer outlined what Orlando has to do to become a defining city of the 21st Century.

"In the century ahead, it’s cities that connect innovation, transportation, opportunity and quality of life together that will drive our country forward," he says. "...We must become Orlando: The City Connected." 

Dyer highlighted $10 billion that regional governments have invested in transportation projects, such as SunRail expansion into Kissimeee, the I-4 Ultimate Project and the Brightline, which goes from Orlando to Miami.

The city is also exploring initiatives like the launch of the FireSpring Fund, which provides seed funding for technology and advanced manufacturing entrepreneurs in Central Florida, and appointing a senior adviser on homelessness and social services who is dedicated to solving the issue in the city. 

Read Dyer's entire speech here

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.