Orange County Government, Florida
Alan Marshall, Public Information Officer
(407) 836-1412 or Alan.Marshall@ocfl.net
20 March 2015
Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge Launches
Local Neighborhoods Encouraged to Participate in Free Program

Orange County recently launched the Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge. This friendly, free competition gives neighborhood and community organizations suggested activities that can help their neighborhood thrive by becoming more healthy, green and involved.

“By challenging neighborhood organizations to become more involved in their community, committed to their health and invested in green practices, we can ensure a bright future for Orange County,” Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said.

Participants in the Challenge fill out scorecards in various categories and are provided with a toolkit to help them through the process. Neighborhoods that complete the Challenge will be recognized based on their level of achievement, and the winners will be honored during the Orange County Community Conference on July 18 and receive great prizes. The Challenge is set to end on June 12 and applications are now being accepted.

Launching a sustainability challenge campaign was one of the civic engagement strategies included in Orange County’s “Our Home for Life” Sustainability Plan. The Plan, which was prepared by a Sustainability Committee appointed by the Mayor, outlines incremental and transformative changes for the County through the year 2040 to improve the quality of life for current and future Orange County residents and visitors.

To get started on the Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge, neighborhood groups should contact Emily Hanna at (407) 836-7371 or emily.hanna@ocfl.net or visit the Neighborhood Challenge webpage.

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About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County facebook and twitter pages.