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Holly Vanture, Program Manager
Phone: (407) 715-3315
Downtown South’s Economy Flourishes at Record Speed
(ORLANDO, Fla. – March 2014) In the short time span of five years, 823 jobs have been created and 189 new businesses have opened in the Downtown South neighborhood business district. In addition to thriving businesses, 253 new improvements have been made, which include renovations, additions and new construction. These new improvements were brought in through an estimated capital investment of $142 million.
Founded in 2008, the nonprofit organization Downtown South has been working with neighbors, property owners and businesses to enhance the area.
“Our main goal at Downtown South is the economic revitalization of our neighborhood business district,” says Chere Roane, Board Chair. “We strongly encourage the community to shop locally as we bring in new businesses.”
Downtown South is one of eight Orlando Main Street programs throughout the city of Orlando initiated by Mayor Buddy Dyer. The establishment of a SunRail stop, property redevelopment and the growth of the Orlando Health campus have contributed to this area outpacing the other Main Street programs — and is projected to continue this level of growth.
About Downtown South: Downtown South is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation representing the residents and businesses encompassing Orange Avenue from Gore to Pineloch and Michigan Street from Osceola to Division. With a population of 115,000, the area is surrounded by many of Orlando’s historic neighborhoods known for their lakes, walkable parks and streets.