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Monday, March 31, 2014 VOLUME 17 ISSUE 13  
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CENTRAL FLORIDA PARTNERSHIP ADVANCES REGIONAL INITIATIVES
Talent Gap Survey
OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT
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MemberLink
MemberLink is a highly visible, prestigious and committed group of active members of Orlando, Inc., representing all business sectors, membership levels and stages of the business life cycle.
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State of the City (Orlando)
Save the date for Mayor Buddy Dyer's State of the City Address on Thursday, April 10th, 10:00 a.m., outside on Church Street in Downtown Orlando.
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A Night with the Solar Bears
Join Orlando, Inc. for an exciting evening of fun and networking! You are invited by the Orlando Solar Bears and Orlando, Inc. to attend "A Night with the Solar Bears," on Thursday, April 10, 2014! Puck drops at 7:00 p.m.
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iConnect with the Orlando Philharmonic
Members of Orlando, Inc., will enjoy breakfast and networking while listening to live music performed by members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout the event, we will also hear from David Schillhammer, Executive Director, on the current happenings of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Business Leadership Roundtable: Orlando Technology Growth Trends
Join Executive Connection members of Orlando, Inc., for the next Business Leadership Roundtable featuring Philip Holt, Co-Founder & CEO of SPLYT, scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
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SunRail Grand Opening
Mark your calendar as we celebrate the historic opening of SunRail service with a whistle stop tour concluding at the Sand Lake Station.
FEATURE STORIES
Orlando, Inc. Traveling to The Pearl of the Antilles
CubaThis Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 43 members of the Central Florida community will travel from Tampa, Florida to embark on a five-day "people to people" excursion of Havana, Cuba. As part of the "sold out" A Taste of Cuba excursion, travelers will experience Cuba's enigmatic 500-year capital city of Havana, the Plaza of the Revolution, visit the Cuban Literacy Museum, the Nacional Hotel, Bocoy Rum Factory, and enjoy a conversation with a Cuban baseball player, among other sites and activities.
Notes from Ruth Mustian, President of Leadership Orlando
John MicaLeadership Orlando Class 87 got off to a rousing start last week with seventy seven business and community leaders representing the public, private and independent sectors across Central Florida. Ably led by John M. Lewis, Jr., CEO of LYNX - the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority - they are sure to take advantage of all that the Leadership Orlando program and our region have in store. Take a look!
Linking Members to Success
Wendy KurtzAt this MemberLink meeting, PR expert Wendy Kurtz will share insider's secrets from the publishing and speaking industry that will have you rethinking the way you communicate. You'll learn how to clearly articulate who you are and what you do; examine the benefits of publishing and speaking (even if "best-selling author" isn't on your bucket list); and explore 5 keys to public relations success.  
Representative Dentel on Economic Development, Tourism, and MS&T
Wendy KurtzThis week's Tallahassee legislative update comes from Representative Karen Castor Dentel (District 30), who reports that half way through the session schools, economic development, tourism and support of Central Florida's Modeling, Simulation & Training efforts on top on her agenda.
BusinessForce-Endorsed Candidate in Special Election
Eric EisnaugleFollowing his overwhelming Republican primary victory on March 11th, BusinessForce-endorsed former Rep. Eric Eisnaugle (R-Orlando) will face his final test in the special general election called for April 8th to fill the vacancy in Florida House District 44 covering parts of southern and western Orange County. Eisnaugle, an Orlando attorney and former Central Florida Partnership Board of Directors member, will face off against the Democratic nominee, Shaun Raja.
Mike Ketchum to Represent Orlando, Inc.
Mike KetchumIn recent weeks Orange County District 2 Commissioner Fred Brummer has proposed a comprehensive package of reforms to the Orange County Charter. The package includes various proposals to increase the size of the Orange County Commission, require term limits and non partisan elections for county constitutional officers, eliminate the Tax Collector position and revise the current procedures for initiatives and referendums.
IDEAS TO RESULTS
Leadership Orlando and the Central Florida Partnership
Dr. Amel Abed Mohammed AliIn the Spring of 2012, Yolanda Londōno, Vice President, Global Social Responsibility, Tupperware Brands Corporation & Member of Central Florida Partnership Board of Directors, sponsored Dr. Amel Abed Mohammed Ali's enrollment in Leadership Orlando Class 83.
Scott Names Bright House Exec to State Board of Education
Marva JohnsonOn Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Marva Johnson to the State Board of Education, succeeding Barbara Feingold, for a term beginning March 26, 2014, and ending December 31, 2017.
Governor Taps Managing Partner, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
William T. Dymond Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed P.A. is pleased to announce that William T. Dymond Jr. , President, CEO and Managing Partner of the firm, has been appointed by Governor Rick Scott and confirmed by the Florida Senate to serve as the Chair of Space Florida, an independent agency that focuses on the growth and development of the space industry in Florida.
FOCUSING ON WHAT MATTERS MOST
REISSCO Corp.
Periodically, Every Monday will feature members at the Executive Connection level of Orlando, Inc. So that we can get to know them better and have access to the products and services that they provide, today we are featuring REISSCO Corp.
Special Deals Offered by Members of Orlando, Inc.
The BIG Deal is your source for coupons and discounts from your favorite Orlando Chamber Member Businesses. Beginning this week, Every Monday will feature a weekly BIG Deal so that you take advantage of offerings for everything from facials to tennis lessons, advertising to IT solutions. This week: 14% off Promotional Products from Exhilarate Events.
CareerSource Central Florida
It is my pleasure to announce the launch today of the Skills Gap Survey. This comprehensive survey has the potential to transform our employment landscape for decades to come, and as such we are pleased to be partnering with the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and CareerSource Brevard and Flagler Volusia in this effort.
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