Orange County Government, Florida
29 January 2015
Orange County’s Newsroom and Digital Outreach
Engages More Citizens than Ever
Orange County’s newest app OCFL News, displayed on an iPad, provides
breaking news and important information about the region.

This year, more citizens than ever received their news via Orange County Government’s new Online Newsroom, which provides breaking news, media alerts and important information about the County and local government.

Since launching in April and through December 2014, Newsroom page views have skyrocketed. With the rapid growth and success of the Newsroom, Orange County is launching a new Photo Gallery and Statements on Key Issues section. The gallery will consist of digital photo albums of county events where visitors can view and download the photos. The statements section will include information regarding key issues and topics of importance in our community.

Orange County is a pioneer in utilizing digital tools to inform and communication with the public and is proud to showcase its success on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. This fall, Orange County Government received the first place award for Best Community Engagement from Ragan’s PR Daily, recognizing the groundbreaking success of online outreach efforts with citizens through its Social Media Ambassadors program during Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ 2014 State of the County address.

To join the conversation, citizens are encouraged to visit the County’s online social media directory to connect with Orange County Government and District County Commissioners.

Orange County’s unique OCFL Alert, OCFL 311 and OCFL News mobile applications are also available for free on Apple and Android devices. In addition to the benefits of digital and online emergency management communication capabilities, Orange County’s smartphone applications encourage transparency and citizen engagement, and help residents stay more connected with their government.

Some noteworthy numbers of the total number of downloads include:

  • 12,528 for OCFL Alerts – The emergency notification and information smartphone app that provides critical information during times of emergency.
  • 6,542 for OCFL 311 – An app that allows users to report issues to the County’s 311 Service Center.
  • 1,281 for OCFL News – Orange County’s newest app that provides breaking news and information about the region.

Citizens are encouraged to visit Orange County’s mobile application directory to download the apps and stay connected with Orange County Government.