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Economic Recovery
Task Force

Orange County Government

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In an effort to work on a measured approach to restarting the local economy from the COVID-19 pandemic, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced the creation of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force on April 17, 2020.

The Task Force is co-chaired by President & CEO of Visit Orlando, Casandra Matej, and President & CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership, Tim Giuliani. The group will focus on recommendations for reopening Orange County, including a phased approach to easing restrictions, while ensuring the safety of employees and the public.

Consumer Confidence Survey Results

The results from the more than 15,000 survey responses are in.

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Chairs & Members


  • Orlando Economic Partnership, Tim Giuliani, President and CEO
  • Visit Orlando, Casandra Matej, President and CEO


  • AdventHealth, Vincent Hsu, MD
  • Alfond Inn, Jesse Martinez, General Manager
  • Black Business Investment Fund (BBIF), Inez Long, President and CEO
  • CareerSource Central Florida Pamela Nabors, President and CEO
  • Central Florida Auto Dealers Association, Evelyn Cardenas, CEO
  • Church Street Entertainment, Doug Taylor, Managing Partner
  • City of Orlando & Orlando Venues, Allen Johnson, Chief Venues Officer
  • Curley & Pynn Public Relations, Dan Ward, President
  • Darden Restaurants, Dave George, EVP and Chief Operating Officer
  • Don Julio’s Mexican Kitchen, Florencio “Larry” Rodriguez, Owner
  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Kathy Ramsberger, President & CEO
  • Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Raul Pino, MD, Director
  • Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Keri Burns, Central Florida Regional Director
  • Highwoods Properties, Steve Garrity, Vice President
  • Hyatt Regency Orlando, Brian Comes, Area Vice President
  • J Henry’s Barber Shop, John Henry, Owner
  • John Michael Exquisite Weddings & Catering, Michael Thomas, Owner
  • Johnny Rivers Grill & Market, Johnny Rivers, Owner
  • Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, John Newstreet, President/CEO
  • Lake County Agency for Economic Prosperity, Brandon Matulka, Executive Director
  • M.C. Spa & Nail Spa, Mary Chau, Founder and CEO
  • Mosaic Hair Studio, Mike Van den Abbeel, Salon Owner
  • National Entrepreneur Center, Jerry Ross, Executive Director
  • Nelson, Mullins/Broad and Cassel, Wayne Rich, Of Council
  • Orange County Public Schools, Barbara Jenkins, Ed.D, Superintendent
  • Orlando City Soccer, Caesar Lopez, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel
  • Orlando Health, George Ralls, MD, Medical Chief Quality Officer
  • Orlando International Airport, Phil Brown, CEO
  • Orlando Magic, Alex Martins, CEO
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Douglas Love-Ramos, President
  • Prospera, Augusto Sanabria, President and CEO
  • Rejoice in the Lord Ministries & President, African American Council of Christian Clergy, Pastor Roderick Zak, CEO
  • Rosen Shingle Creek, Dan Giordano, General Manager
  • SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Brad Gilmour, Vice President of Operations
  • Seminole County Government, Tricia Johnson, Deputy County Manager/Chief Administrator for Community Relations and Economic Development
  • The Mall at Millennia, Steve Jamieson, General Manager
  • The Trentham Santiago Group, Conrad Santiago, CFP®, MSFS, Private Wealth Advisor
  • The Vineyard Wine Bar & Healthy Bistro, Deborah Linden, Owner
  • Travel + Leisure, Co., Frank Goeckel, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Integration, and Acquisitions
  • Truist, Sandy Hostetter, Central Florida Regional President
  • UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Youcheng Wang, Ph.D., Dean
  • Unicorp National Development, Chuck Whittall, President
  • United Safety Council, Chris Earl, Director
  • Universal Orlando, Jeff Polk, Vice President, Resort Operations Services
  • VMD Ventures, LLC, Harold Mills, CEO
  • Walmart, Inc., Monesia Brown, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations
  • Walt Disney World Resort, Maribeth Bisienere, Senior Vice President
  • WaWa, Inc., Todd Souders, Senior Director Florida Operations and New Market Development
  • YMCA of Central Florida, Dan Wilcox, President & CEO


The Economic Recovery Task Force was established to develop a phased approach to reopening business in Orange County that balances the need to ensure the protection of employees and the public while preserving the economic livelihood of our community.

Task Force Priorities

  1. Assist businesses with best practices and data-driven policies to protect the safety of employees & customers upon reopening.
  2. Support small to mid-sized business as they reopen.
  3. Develop a framework that ensures businesses are compliant with safety guidelines.
  4. Revitalize tourism and build visitor confidence.

Meeting Calendar

Date & Time Video Meeting Minutes
April 22, 2020
9 a.m.
April 28, 2020
2:30 p.m.
May 1, 2020
2 p.m.
May 6, 2020
2 p.m.
May 13, 2020
2 p.m.
May 21, 2020
2 p.m.
May 27, 2020
10 a.m.
June 3, 2020
2 p.m.
June 24, 2020
9:30 a.m.
July 21, 2020
10:30 a.m.

August 2, 2021
1 p.m.
Video (Vimeo)
Video (YouTube)

Find all Task Force meeting resources, including presentations, meeting minutes, working documents, and more.

Where to Watch

To watch Orange TV’s live stream of the Economic Recovery Task Force meeting, visit, or Orange TV (Channel 488 on Spectrum (formerly Bright House), Channel 9 on Comcast, 1081 Century Link Prism TV, and 10.2 Digital Over the Air).

Contact Us

Orange County Office of Economic Development
201 S. Rosalind Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

General Questions

Public Comment
  • Residents can submit their comment to before 5 PM the day before the Economic Recovery Task Force or Working Group Meeting. The resident’s name, address, phone number, and the topic of public comment are required components of the email. The resident will need to indicate the specific Working Group they are addressing in public comment.
  • At the beginning of public comment period, Orange County staff will read your submission and add it to the public record. Please note emails that extend beyond the set time limit will not be read in their entirety. The citizen’s entire email however will be entered into the public record.
  • Please note that the time allocated to each individual for public comment (via email or in person) shall be at the sole discretion of the Mayor and may be reduced from the normal 3 minutes based on the number of speakers.
  • Orange County Government reserves the right to modify, amend, or discontinue these temporary procedures for public comment, with or without notice, in order to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations; to rectify technological or logistical difficulties; or to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  • Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We will get through this together.
Media Inquiries

All e-mail sent to this address becomes part of Orange County public record. Comments received by our e-mail subsystem can be read by anyone who requests that privilege. In compliance with "Government in the Sunshine" laws, Orange County Government must make available, at request, any and all information not deemed a threat to the security of law enforcement agencies and personnel.