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Tue, February 14, 2017

Sand Lake Study

Sand Lake Road Study: An Alternative Advanced

Orange County is developing potential strategies along the Sand Lake Road Corridor between Apopka Vineland Road and Turkey Lake Road. After having received feedback from the community, a preferred alternative is being advanced and refined. Referred to in the project as "Alternative 2", this strategy offers the following elements:

Improved mobility for eastbound and westbound …

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Tue, February 14, 2017

Orange County leaders gather for Economic Summit

The 2017 Orange County Economic Summit, held on January 19, was the fifth annual gathering initiated by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to report on  the region's economy, business sectors, expanding industries and growth opportunities. The morning included an economic outlook and forecast (view presentation) shared by UCF economist and comedic entertainer, Dr. Sean Snaith. Following …

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Tue, January 10, 2017

OCPA Hosting Satellite Offices to Assist Filing for Homestead Exemption

The Orange County Property Appraiser's office will be hosting a series of temporary satellite offices throughout Orange County to assist property owners with filing for homestead exemption and all other property tax based exemptions. 

What is Homestead? If you own a home in Orange County and the property is your permanent residence as of January 1, applying for a Homestead …

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Tue, January 10, 2017

President Barack Obama appoints Superintendent Barbara Jenkins to Key Administration Post

In a White House press announcement made yesterday, Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins joins 12 other leaders in their fields to be appointed to key Administration posts, by and with advice and consent of the Senate. Dr. Jenkins was tapped to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences.

President Obama said, “These …

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Mon, December 19, 2016

The Change Curve

A Nation in Change

Guest article by Daniel M. Entwistle, CEO of DME Consulting International

Post the recent US Election result, its been interesting to observe the manifestation of emotions and events as they unfold across the country. Businesses, markets and individuals have all responded in different ways. What’s clear, if nothing else is right now, is that we are a nation in change. However, …

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Tue, December 06, 2016

Election’s Impact on the Real Estate Market

Guest article by Brian Koss of Keller Williams Classic Real Estate - Team Koss

We can all agree, the 2016 Election was one for the history books. Both pollsters and financial experts alike, failed to predict the outcome of the election, as well as its impact on the economy.

Wall Street overwhelmingly supported Secretary Clinton's campaign. Some in the financial community …

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Mon, December 05, 2016

Overtime Rule FAQ

Information provided by the Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Many employers have questions regarding the implications of the recent preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s overtime rule. Below is more information on the most frequent questions we’re receiving:

What is the immediate effect of the court’s injunction?

Any employer …

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Thu, October 20, 2016

Ocoee unveils Downtown Master Plan

The City of Ocoee revealed the Master Plan for its downtown project in front of a packed City Hall on Tuesday, October 18. The presentation walked residents and local business owners through the upcoming plans that will reshape and revitalize the city. The Downtown Master Plan is viewed as the springboard to the rediscovering of downtown Ocoee and the rallying cry for the citizens and city …

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Mon, September 26, 2016

Employee Voter Registration Week: Urge Your Employees to Vote This Week

Employee Voter Registration Week is here — do you know if your employees are registered to vote? Take time this week to encourage your employees to visit the free, non-partisan website, FloridaWins.org. Once there, they can click on the “Register to Vote” icon on the homepage and enter their zip code to complete their county’s voter registration process (zip code is used …

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Tue, April 26, 2016

West Orange Chamber Supports The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors made the decision to support the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S.2707/H.R. 4773) introduced on March 17 by Senators Scott and Alexander, and Representatives Walberg and Kline. The bill would prevent the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime regulation from taking effect and directs the Secretary of Labor to …

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Tue, April 26, 2016

Florida Chamber Announces Speaker Steve Crisafulli as 2016 Most Valuable Legislator

Article courtesy of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently released its annual publication How They Voted, and announced House Speaker Steve Crisafulli as the 2016 Most Valuable Legislator.

“While others talk about Florida’s long-term future, Speaker Crisafulli actively charges forward toward what is right for our state and knows …

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Mon, December 14, 2015

Colonial West Moves Forward for Positive Impact

The West Orange Chamber in partnership with Orange County government met with stakeholders along West Colonial in between Apopka Vineland Road and Pine Hills Road to talk next steps for the possible creation of a Neighborhood Improvement District.  A tool that could be used by property owners to make improvements that will continue to emphasize economic development opportunities along this …

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Mon, November 30, 2015

WOCC 2016 Legislative Position Paper

The West Orange Chamber (WOCC) is involved in various local, state and national issues that impact your business. Through the Chamber’s various committees, including the Legislative Task Force, we generate input on pertinent legislative business issues that are important to our Members.  This input is provided to the Economic & Governmental Advocacy Committee (EGAC) and the …

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Sun, November 29, 2015

Orange County School Siting - A Top Priority

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners and the Orange County School Board met on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

This joint meeting was a requirement of the Orange County Comprehensive Plan and provides that the Board of County Commissioners and the School Board are to "meet annually and publicly review and discuss the Public Schools Facilities Element and other issues of …

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Tue, April 21, 2015

WOCC Votes in Favor of Renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)

The WOCC Signs Joint U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers Letter urging congressional leadership to vote in favor of renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Read full press release here

 

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Tue, February 24, 2015

West Orange Chamber YOUR Business Advocate

As you know, the West Orange Chamber has involved itself in a myriad of local, state and national issues that impact your business. Through the Chamber’s various committees, including the Legislative Task Force, we generate input on pertinent legislative business issues that are important to our Members.  This input is provided to the Economic & Governmental Advocacy Committee …

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Fri, October 03, 2014

Results of the Talent Gap Survey & an overview on the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

At the Chamber's recent "Courses to Careers" Luncheon at Valencia College West Campus, Pam Nabors, President/CEO of CareerSource Central Florida, along with moderator by Pam Gould, (OCPS School Board Member, District 4) and guest panelists, Dr. Barbara Jenkins (Superintendent, OCPS ), Dr. Sean Snaith (Director, UCF Institute for …

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Fri, April 18, 2014

West Orange Chamber Supports half-penny sales tax renewal

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce has been monitoring the status of the West Orange High Relief School.  Just last week, Chamber Board Members, Orange County Public School District 4 Board Member Pam Gould and Orange County District 1 Commissioner S. Scott Boyd shared this press release and proposed agreement by OCPS and Orange County. 

The WOCC Board of Directors recently …

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