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SoDo District’s mission and vision are focused on embracing the history of the District while keeping
an eye toward the area’s diversity and growth as an economic engine in the region.
SoDo Districts Vision:
A vibrant residential and local business community embracing innovation and our vintage roots.
SoDo Districts Mission:
To improve our community by design, empower local businesses and residents to collaborate, and create a vibrant atmosphere to live, work, and play.
Experience our district’s vibrant culture by attending one of our many community events, showing support for local and small businesses and engaging in our active artistic lifestyle. As we make strides to grow and support our community, we hope you join us in making the SoDo District one the of the BEST main streets in the country!
SoDo District has an abundance of hidden gems just waiting to be explored! From free concerts, art shows, and film festivals to some of Orlando’s historic neighborhoods known for their lakes, walkable parks and streets; you can find some of everything in this little big city.
Patty Sheehan District 4 Commissioner
Patty Sheehan is the District 4 Commissioner. She looks forward to continuing to work with you on building an even stronger sense of community. She believes one of the key components to making this happen is to provide citizens with easy-to-access information about what is happening in our district, and that is where the website becomes important.
Also, PLEASE NOTE she do not use Twitter or MySpace (but I am on Facebook), and anyone who claims to be “Patty Sheehan” on these other sites is an imposter.
Mayra Uribe District 3 Commissioner
Commissioner Mayra Uribe is a dedicated wife, mother, and business owner. She is a first-generation American born and raised in District 3 of Orange County.
For nearly 8 years, Commissioner Uribe served as an aide to U.S Senator Bill Nelson, where she helped the citizens of Florida deal with issues they had with the military, FEMA, immigration, transportation, and labor matters. That experience hardened her resolve to serve her community.
Commissioner Uribe has dedicated her life to help others by working with nonprofit (Catholic Charities, Christian Service Center, Healthy Start and Boot Camp for New Dads) charities and churches, as well as raising awareness for Central Florida’s homeless children and families through various campaigns and efforts. She also co-hosts a nightly radio show on ESPN 580 Orlando.
As a business woman, she understands the concerns of those calling Central Florida home. While the economy has strengthened for some, not everyone is feeling that their county government has done enough to address their needs.
Commissioner Uribe has had the great pleasure of raising her family in this vibrant and diverse community. Her family, faith, and focus for our community’s future gives her the strength and encouragement to make a difference.
Contact Your Commissioner
Board of County Commissioners
201 S. Rosalind Ave., 5th Floor
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 836-5140 or (407) 836-5309
Fax: (407) 836-5976
ORLANDO MAIN STREET PROGRAM
Recognizing the important role neighborhood commercial districts play in the overall health of the City’s neighborhoods, in 2008 Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council created Orlando Main Streets. With annual financial support, technical assistance and intensive training from the City of Orlando, Orlando Main Street Districts create, define and strengthen our commercial districts in the City.
Each District creates an individual work plan envisioned and implemented by a nonprofit Board of Directors. Orlando Main Streets serve as the economic backbone for the City’s existing neighborhoods.
Orlando Main Street Districts receive technical assistance and training in the Main Street Four Point™ approach from Orlando Main Streets and the Main Street America. In turn, each Main Street organization hires a full time Executive Director, raises matching funds, incorporates its organization and implements its programs according to an annual work plan.
Learn more about the City of Orlando’s Main Street program at cityoforlando.net/mainstreet.
NATIONAL MAINSTREET AMERICA Program
Main Street America™ is a movement. Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. It is the leading voice for preservation-based economic development and community revitalization across the country. Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, Main Street America represents the broad diversity that makes this country so unique. Working together, the programs that make up the Main Street America network help to breathe new life into the places people call home.
Main Street America is a mark of distinction. It is a seal, recognizing that participating programs, organizations and communities are part of a national movement with a proven track record for celebrating community character, preserving local history and generating impressive economic returns. Since 1980, over 2,000 communities have been part of Main Street America, bringing renewed energy and activity to America’s downtowns and commercial districts, securing $61 billion in new investment creating more than 525,000 net new jobs and rehabilitating 251,000 buildings.
Main Street America is a time-tested strategy. Main Street America communities are encouraged to make use of a time-tested approach, known as the Main Street Approach. The Main Street Approach is rooted in a commitment to broad-based community engagement, a holistic understanding of the factors that impact the quality of life in a community and strategic focus on the core principles of downtown and neighborhood revitalization: Economic Vitality, Quality Design, Effective Promotion and Sustainable Organization.
Market Streets. The Market Street program has been specifically designed for the City of Orlando. Neighborhood commercial districts that are unable to meet Main Street America’s 10-point criteria for National Accreditation are eligible for this program.
This enables the City of Orlando to abide by the National Main Street Center’s trademark and “Use of the Name” policy, while still providing training and technical assistance to individual neighborhood commercial districts throughout the City.
NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT CITY OF ORLANDO
The Downtown South Neighborhood Improvement District (the “DSNID”) is a special purpose local government. Its single purpose is to support the redevelopment and improvement of the Downtown South neighborhood, an area of approximately 720 acres located south of Downtown Orlando (the “District”).
THE SODO NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT MASTER PLAN
The Downtown South NID Advisory Council is currently preparing a Master Plan to identify services and capital improvements that could potentially be funded through a levy and/or special assessment on property within the district, if approved by referendum.
For additional information on the Neighborhood Improvement District Plan please visit their official site! There you will find information on meetings, the advisory council, past presentations and more!
2020 SODO DISTRICT COMMITTEES
We oversee the ‘business side’ of the organization. Commonly called the “Org” committee, we handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff.
Everything from streetscape design to utility box painting. If you are interested in improving the way our district looks, this is your committee.
Our event experts, social chairs, marketing and PR gurus, networkers and official party-throwers. Help us put on our next great event!
Focusing primarily on improving, growing and supporting our district businesses, through local events, networking and marketing.
Ready to get involved, join a committee.
Right now, the Board is issuing a call to action for volunteers who are needed to form committees around the four program goals. The committees are an active part of making the SoDo District a success, you should expect to commit at least 8-10 hours a month on the committee. If you have the time and interest, please email Linnette Boldig at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate which committee you are interested in: promotion, design, economic vitality, or organization.
Note: Org committee is at capacity.