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2018 State of the County: Presented by The Honorable Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Mayor; Friday, May 18, 2018
Mayor Teresa Jacobs

Message from Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

Since taking office in 2011, my priority has been to create a sustainable future of ever-growing economic prosperity and opportunity for all, built upon Orange County’s innovation-driven, forward-focused investments and our strategic investment in crucial quality-of-life infrastructure and services. In addition to the key community needs identified in my $300M “INVEST in Our Home for Life” initiative, our focus has included the creation of a diverse arts, sports and recreation environment, thriving natural resources, efficient roads and transit systems, and a broad array of public safety and family resources.

Through a combination of strong economic growth, responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars and the valuable contributions of our business, faith, non-profit and education communities, Orange County has undergone transformational quality-of-life changes that will benefit the region for generations to come. Together with our regional partners and neighboring municipalities, we have built a strong, resilient, unified and prosperous world-class community for our residents, families and guests to enjoy.

I am inspired each and every day by the transformation that has resulted from our creativity and collaboration. By working together, we have created a strong and sustainable community. I am honored to present this overview of what we have achieved together and look forward to our continued efforts to grow our culture of collaboration, compassion and confidence.

Thank you for your support, and for working to make Orange County the best place to live, work and raise a family.

Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Mayor

Accomplishments & Accolades

The following is an interactive brochure representing the topics covered in the 2018 State of the County Address. You may also download a PDF version of this brochure.

Community Issues

Orlando Fire Rescue personnel listening to instruction


In keeping with Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ number-one priority of providing for the public safety, health and welfare of local residents, Orange County is deeply committed to strengthening the safety net for those in need. Orange County is also committed to the continued success of crucial initiatives to impact affordable housing, domestic violence and child abuse, veteran, chronic and family homelessness, youth and adult mental health, and opioid, drug and alcohol addiction.

  • INVEST in Our Home for Life – $10M Affordable Housing
  • INVEST – $5M Housing Initiatives
  • Regional Affordable Housing Summit & Workshops
  • Youth Mental Health Commission
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Summit
  • Pill Mills Ordinance
  • Human Trafficking Task Force; “Safe Place” Pilot Program
  • Heroin Task Force
  • Pine Hills Redevelopment & Bike Trail
  • New Holden Heights Community Center
  • Homelessness – Chronic, Veteran, Family/Youth
  • Deputies in school
  • Domestic Violence & Child Abuse Task Force
Go to Responsible, Efficient Government Section

Responsible, Efficient Government

Mayor Teresa Jacobs taking a selfie with children


Under Mayor Jacobs’ leadership and through solid economic growth and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars that continue to support public safety, infrastructure, parks and pedestrian safety, Orange County continues to undergo transformational quality of life enhancements that will benefit the region for generations to come.

Orange County Fire Rescue department ranked in the top one percent in the United states. ISO logo.
  • INVEST – $30M for 3 new Fire Stations, Regional Training Center
  • One-Stop-Shop Permitting/Streamlining
  • Lobbying Ordinance
  • TextGuard
  • Tourist Development Tax Arts, Venues, Sports & Capital Application Process
  • School Siting Ordinance
  • Hurricane Response
  • One Orlando Collection Initiative – PULSE response
Go to Public Engagement Section

Public Engagement

OCFL app icons


Mayor Jacobs has been a staunch advocate for citizen involvement and continues to champion public engagement through community events, broader digital enhancements through pioneering web and mobile applications and social media in Orange County.

The Enzian Theater logo followed by a quote: The coolest movie theater in Florida, Cosmopolitan, 2017
  • Office of Public Engagement & Citizen Advocacy
  • Holiday Heroes Toy Drive
  • Adopt a Fire Station
  • Jazz in the Park
  • Youth Leadership Conference
  • OC Experience
  • Social Media Ambassadors
  • Let’s Read Initiative
  • OC APP Suite
  • Enzian Florida Film Festival Primary Public Sponsor
  • Zora Neale Hurston Festival
  • Neighborhood Community Conference
Go to Economic Development Section

Economic Development

Mayor Jacobs and other officials with a shovel at a development groundbreaking event


Under the leadership of Mayor Jacobs, Orange County has achieved strong economic gains while continuously balancing its budget, and without cutting services and without raising taxes. Orange County’s 2017 – 2018 budget of $4.1 billion ensures that all major County services remain at or above current levels of service. This fiscal discipline has resulted in strong bond and market ratings for the County and great fiscal benefits for taxpayers.

  • Annual Economic Summit
  • Branding Summit
  • Modeling, Simulation & Training Blue Ribbon Task Force
  • Florida Simulation Summit
  • Tech Match
  • Central Florida International Trade Office
  • National Entrepreneur Center, Prospera, BBIF Façade grants
  • 50 economic development projects & 159,143 jobs
  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Phase 1 & 2
  • Camping World Stadium
  • Amway Arena
  • NFL ProBowl
  • NBA All-Star Game, NCAA March Madness
  • COPA, O.C. Soccer Club + PRIDE
Go to Transportation Section


Mayor Teresa Jacobs sitting while on a Sunrail train


To spur economic development, job creation and a continued superior quality of life, Mayor Jacobs is committed to leading a massive transformation of the County’s road systems, concurrent with collaborative regional efforts to rebuild Central Florida’s transportation and transit infrastructure. In the next five years, through Orange County’s INVEST road improvement projects, and together with federal, statewide, regional and local transportation partners, approximately $11.7 billion of infrastructure-enhancing projects will deliver massive improvements to highways, commuter roads, rail and air travel in Central Florida.

  • INVEST – $200M in local road construction/improvements
  • INVEST – $15M Pedestrian Safety; Walk Ride Thrive
  • Revamped CFX Board & Structure
  • Wekiva Parkway (ground-breaking to ribbon-cutting)
  • SunRail & Phase 2 South
  • I-4 Ultimate
  • Lake Apopka Loop Trail
  • Coast to Coast Bike Trail
Go to Sustainability


Mayor Jacobs and community memebers at a ribbon-cutting ceremony


Orange County’s Sustainability Initiative began in 2013 as an effort to plan for the health, happiness and prosperity of future generations, in a way that enhances the quality of life for our residents and global guests. With input from stakeholders within the community, the Orange County Sustainability Plan, Our Home for Life, was drafted in May 2014. The conceptual guide outlines specific incremental and transformative changes for the County through 2040, with interim goals for 2020. Orange County’s $300 million INVEST in Our Home for Life funding supports several policy options to support sustainability in the future.

  • Sustainability – Our Home for Life
  • $300M – INVEST in Our Home for Life
  • OC Convention Center LEED certification
  • OC Convention Center Master Campus Plan
  • Solar Co-ops & Solar Trees
  • Orange Code
  • Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
  • I-Drive Vision Plan
2.8 million square feet of the orange county convention center North and South buildings are Leed-Gold certified
Go to first Accolades Section

11.7 billion dollars in transportation. Infrastructure-Enhancing Projects to Improve Central Florida Highways, Commuter Roads, Rail & Air Travel. Source: Central Florida Transportation Authorities, December 2017. Icon of a train.

Orange County is featured in The New York Times' 36 Hours in Orlando article, February 2018

Number 7 best performing city in the United states for wages and jobs according to the Milken Institute, January 2018. Miliken Institute logo.

72 million global visitors. Source: Visit Orlando in May 2018. Icon of an airplane.

Number one metro nationwide for stem job growth. Source: Forbes, january 2018. Icon of a rising bar graph.

University of Central Florida is the number one university nationwide for graduates in aerospace and defense, Source: Aviation Week, october 2017. UCF 's Pegasus logo.

– Aviation Week, Oct. 2017