Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered his 2013 State of Downtown Address on Thursday at the Amway Center.
Before a packed house of mostly friendly supporters, Dyer harped on successes of the past and his administration's many accomplishments since he first took office in 2003.
"We believed then, and still believe today, that more than any single amenity, superior quality of life is what draws employers, workers, residents, and visitors to downtown," Dyer told attendees.
The annual event held by the Downtown Orlando Partnership (DOP) provides a forum for Mayor Dyer to share the city's progress on the revitalization of Downtown Orlando with residents, business owners and downtown workers. The event also serves as an annual fundraiser for the DOP.
"Next year, this event
will be held inside our new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts," he said.
The biggest change moving forward for the city, he said, will be relocating the Orlando Police Department's headquarters from its current site next to the Amway Center to a new one. The move would make way for a proposed a sports and entertainment complex that would be built by the Orlando Magic and also house the team's headquarters.
"With an urban convention center, retail space, and the team's headquarters, we will be able to transform an entire block into a place that attracts more visitors to downtown and allows us to host downtown-wide conventions for the first time in decades."