Getting Engaged

Community Celebration

"Open for Business" Focus on Streamlining Permitting

Monday, November 26, 2012 11:00 am

Please join Central Florida Business and Government leaders on December 14, 2012, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Osceola Heritage Park, St. Cloud Room, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744, as we celebrate our region's commitment to being OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

Imagine this Scenario:

You are the owner of XYZ Contractors, working across Central Florida. Business is slow and, in order to thrive, your goal is to provide maximum service at a reasonable cost to your customers. And, of course, you want to build a profitable business so that you can pay your employees and continue to grow your business. You have customers all over the region. In fact, today, you have some of your employees working in Osceola County, Maitland, Titusville and DeLand. Next week, your customers will be in different counties and a number of other cities. And you know one thing that's costing you time AND money? Pulling permits. Every city and county has a different approach, and it's often difficult to find out exactly what each government's permitting standards are.

Imagine if the governments of Central Florida could develop a way to make it easier for you and other businesses across the region to know what the permitting standards areand how they apply those standards in their jurisdictions. Oh, and imagine that you could find all that information in one place.

Well, we can stop imagining. It's happening right here in Central Florida. Because Business asked for a streamlined approach to permitting…. and Local Government listened. Working together, we want to show the world that Central Florida is OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

 

In a unprecedented showing of regional collaboration; seven counties and many cities are coming together with the Central Florida business community to announce the first-ever Regional Approach to Permitting. To date, the following counties and cities are signing resolutions and documenting their approaches to permitting, so that the business community can benefit from regional standards that are easily accessible: Counties of Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, and Volusia, along with the Cities of Apopka, Clermont, Cocoa, DeLand, Edgewood, Groveland, Haines City, Kissimmee, Maitland, Melbourne, New Smyrna Beach, Orlando, Ormond Beach, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Sanford, St. Cloud, Tavares, Titusville, West Melbourne, and Winter Springs.

 

This is a first in Florida. In fact, it's the first time in the nation that a region has worked together --businesses and governments--to develop such a far-reaching regional effort to streamline the permitting process. We've done it first here in Central Florida, because business and government leaders are committed to making Central Florida the best place in the nation to grow business and create jobs.

Central Florida leaders are demonstrating that we are OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

 

Please join us for "Open for Business" - A Regional Approach to Streamlining Permitting, on Friday, December 14, 2012, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, Florida, 34774. On hand to welcome you and celebrate this amazing coordinated effort will be the partners of "Open for Business"-- Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc; Central Florida Partnership; Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando; Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission; Orlando Regional REALTOR Association; and WORKFORCE CENTRAL FLORIDA, representing over 300 businesses across the region, County and City Commissioners and local government staffs, along with state government and association leaders.

 

 

To RSVP for this event, please contact Pam Clancy at pam.clancy@orlando.org or 407.835.2486.

 

For more information, please contact Shelley Lauten, Project Director, "Open for Business" and President, myregion.org, at 407.835.2444 or shelley.lauten@orlando.org.