Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has taken an active interest in revitalizing the city’s central business district since taking office in 2003. The former lawyer outlined jobs, entertainment and cultural opportunities for Downtown Orlando as one of his key initiatives, and has orchestrated nearly $3 billion worth of development either planned or under way.

While Orlando is still largely known around the globe for its theme parks, Dyer points out that it is also gaining recognition as a center for medical research and the creative arts. Downtown is quickly becoming a place to live as well as work, and is attracting shopping and other amenities.

Dyer, now in his second full term as mayor, discussed current and future changes to Orlando with GlobeSt.com:

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