Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will reconvene Economic Recovery Task Force

The task force, which has not met in more than a year, will meet Monday, Aug. 2.

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With Orange County experiencing double-digit COVID-19 positivity rates and averaging nearly 1,000 new cases a day, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings is reconvening the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force to work with business leaders on getting their employees vaccinated, and keeping patrons safe.

“We all are going to have to make adjustments and adapt as this virus has mutated and is now stronger,” Demings said. “I am bringing this task force back together so we can be briefed on the latest data by health officials and discuss in real time, ways to work together and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. My goal is to increase vaccination rates, keep businesses open and keep commerce flowing all at the same time.”

The task force, established in April 2020, will meet for the first time in more than a year at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2.

The task force is co-chaired by Visit Orlando President & CEO Cassandra Matej and Orlando Economic Partnership President and CEO Tim Giuliani. The goal of the task force was to create a measured approach to restart the local economy after the closures because of pandemic. The group consists of individuals representing local hospitals, theme parks, financial institutions, hotels, small businesses and non-profit economic development agencies. It also includes representatives from Lake, Osceola and Seminole counties.



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As a child, Editor and Publisher Michael Eng collected front pages of the Kansas City Star during Operation Desert Storm, so it was a foregone conclusion that he would pursue a career in journalism. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his wife and three children, or playing drums around town. He’s also a sucker for dad jokes.

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