Scott Tew, MAI, the Senior Managing Director at Valbridge Property Advisors | Orlando, attended the Downtown Orlando Partnership (DOP) conference at the Embassy Suites Downtown Orlando on November 16th. The event featured a roster of distinguished speakers including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and leading local executives and experts.
The conference highlighted key insights about Downtown Orlando’s dynamic market, such as the city’s top ranking for remote workers, its burgeoning culinary scene, and the downtown area’s high real estate interest. Discussions also touched on DOP’s initiatives to diversify downtown businesses and address parking accessibility to foster further growth.
Presenters included Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor; David Barilla, Executive Director, City of Orlando Downtown Development Board; Nilda Blanco, Senior Vice President of Workforce Operations, CareerSource Central Florida; Jeré Matheny, Vice President of Brokerage Services, First Capital Property Group; James Morrone, Owner, Bar None Creations; Craig Ustler, President & Owner, Ustler Development, Inc.; Moderator: Anne-Marie Hayward, Market President & Publisher, Orlando Business Journal.
Orlando is ranked #1 nationally for remote workers
Orlando is ranked #1 nationally for its culinary scene
32801 is the #1 zip code nationally for searches on Realtor.com
DOP is providing grants on select TI and conversion costs to assist local retail tenants with entering the downtown marketplace
DOP is focused on bringing in alternative retail businesses beyond bars and nightclubs
Street-level and/or easily accessible parking is seen as the biggest obstacle to bringing more consumers/businesses into downtown
The meeting was very informative and quite well attended. We’d like to especially recognize and thank Orlando Credit Union for sponsoring the event.