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Renewed & New Members – March 2022

Renewed Members COMMUNITY TRUSTEE Reed Auto Group – Member Since 2015 SUPPORTING TRUSTEE SunTrust Bank now Truist – Member Since 2018 EXCLUSIVE LA Fitness – Windermere – Member Since 2012Thermo King of the Southeast – Member Since 2015 ELITE The Mall at Millenia – Member Since 2016Orlando City Soccer Club-…

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Fifth Third Bank to Raise Minimum Hourly Wage to $20.00

Along with an additional midyear merit increase, Bank raising compensation of more than 40% of its employees Fifth Third Bancorp today announced it will raise its minimum wage to $20 per hour beginning July 4. Concurrently, the Bank will provide a wage adjustment for its first four job levels that…

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Philip Koovakada Named President of Orlando Health | Health Central Hospital

Koovakada to oversee operations of Orlando Health’s southcentral region Orlando Health has named Philip Koovakada as the new senior vice president, Orlando Health southcentral region, and president, Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital. He will serve as the senior leader of Orlando Health – Health Central, as well as coordinate the region’s…

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Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Distributes $1+ Million to 17 Central Florida Organizations

-OMYF All-Star Team announced on April 10; this marks the 14th time OMYF has distributed at least $1 million to Central Florida at-risk youth- As part of the Orlando Magic’s continuing commitment to the Central Florida community, the team distributed 13 $50,000 grants and four $100,000 focus area grants totaling $1,050,000…

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Rep. Demings Votes for Restaurant Relief

On Wednesday, April 6, Rep. Val Demings voted for the H.R. 3807, the Relief for Restaurants & Other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act of 2022. This legislation replenishes the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and creates new support for the hardest-hit small businesses that were ineligible for other support during the pandemic.

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Orlando Health Announces Plans to Establish New Freestanding Rehabilitation Institute

Ocoee, FL (April 6, 2022) – To best meet the current demand and anticipated need for rehabilitative care in Central Florida and beyond, Orlando Health is announcing plans to develop a freestanding rehabilitation facility in West Orange County. The building will open as a 54-bed inpatient facility distinctively designed to provide…

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Disney World Earmarks 80 Acres for Affordable Housing

For more than 50 years, our Central Florida family has played an important role in the story of Walt Disney World. As Disney cast members, it is our home, it’s where we work, it’s where we play and it’s where we grow. And at Disney, we’re always looking for innovative…

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The Little Robotics Team that Could

An inspiring thing happened recently in Tallahassee, unrelated to the Florida Legislature. In mid March, a ragtag team of 7 robot-builders from Boys & Girls Clubs’ Walt Disney World Clubhouse in Pine Hills traveled to Florida’s capital for the FIRST league championships. The team, known as RockStar Robotics—clad in jean vests…

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Legislative Update

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce is Your voice for Pro-Business issues.  The 2022 Legislative Session came to a close on March 14, 2022.  During the session, the WOCC shared our Legislative Position paper via numerous communication channels including email and social media.  The WOCC Legislative Position Paper had over…

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Orange County Transportation Initiative

On January 25, 2022, the Orange County Transportation Sales Tax Referendum effort was relaunched after nearly a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.  The West Orange Chamber of Commerce has been closely monitoring this initiative.  To learn more about the Transportation Sales Tax Referendum, click…

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Federal Funding for our Community

An update from U.S. Representative Val Demings As part of the Federal Budget, I fought for ten community projects for Central Florida. 1: A new Water Storage Tank for Apopka to help with water needs and ensure that firefighters have what they need during emergencies. Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson said,…

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The Cianbro Companies Welcomes R. C. Stevens

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of R. C. Stevens Construction Company, a Winter Garden, Florida-based construction firm. The acquisition will provide a permanent establishment in the southeastern United States and open additional opportunities to expand their markets. Tim Keating, President of R. C. Stevens, will remain active and…

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