Orange County, Fla. – Citizen engagement is critically important to Orange County and Mayor Teresa Jacobs.
Not only is it vital that our citizens be involved in order to remain engaged, but every chance for citizen involvement also results in feedback and input. In order to foster this involvement, Orange County created the Orange County Experience.
On Friday, the program’s registered participants graduated from this exciting 11-week citizen engagement program.
For the second consecutive year, the Orange County Experience offered interested citizens an opportunity to better understand Orange County Government. The second graduating class concluded the program with a better understanding of how Orange County Government works with citizens, visitors, and businesses.
The program provides a look at the nuts-and-bolts operations throughout the County, including wastewater facility operations; a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities of the world-famous reality television series “Dr. G: Medical Examiner;” a “Day in the Life” of our Fire and Rescue personnel and more.
The 2014 Orange County experience included 26 registered participants, each of whom left with a better understanding of how Orange County Government works with our community.
“Each of them enjoyed meeting County staff from the various departments,” said Orange County Experience program manager and Office for a Drug Free Community Director Carol Burkett. “They were impressed by all the services the County provides to our citizens that call Orange County home and the thousands of guests we host every year.”
Registration for the next class begins in the fall and information will be posted on Orange County’s website, www.ocfl.net. A variety of photos from the graduation are available for use by the media and are located on Flickr.
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.