Orange County 市长Jerry L. Demings专访

Orange County 市长Jerry L. Demings专访

佛州新闻 Florida News

记者:Sam Chen

近日,佛州Orange County (橙县县长) Jerry L. Demings先生接受《北美经济导报》的专访,就该县目前的主要工作,如何帮助当地中小企业发展成长,租金上涨给当地居民带来的经济压力以及市长个人事业成长及打算等几个主要方面回答了记者的提问。现将采访英文内容刊登如下。

本次采访得到了橙县市长特别助理 Shally Wong女士的大力支持与协助,在此表示感谢。

同时,Jerry L. Demings先生,Shally Wong女士也希望通过《北美经济导报》向所有华人朋友们祝福圣诞节快乐,新年快乐!

Q:What are your top priorities for the county government for the year 2021?

A:As we prepare for 2021, one of the top priorities of my administration is to continue to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for the implementation of the vaccine in the community.  Protecting the health and safety of our residents is of the utmost importance.  Another top priority is the ongoing implementation of my Housing for All Task Force.  The Task Force produced a comprehensive plan to address affordable and attainable housing in our community.  We are continuing to develop collaborative partnerships to build workforce housing for our most cost-burdened residents.  

We are also focused on the restoration of our local economy, post-pandemic.  One of my top priorities will be to restore business enterprise, employment, and the economic health of our community from which our government services are driven.  In addition, we will leverage innovation, entrepreneurism, and workforce development to continue to diversify our economy.  By upskilling and retraining   workers impacted by the pandemic, we can take advantage of jobs in manufacturing and healthcare that will assist in stabilizing our workforce.  

As our community continues to grow, we need to prepare and plan for growth in a way that serves all residents.  In September, we kicked off the county’s Vision 2050 Comprehensive Plan.  The plan will share our community’s long-term goals and objectives, guide future land use, and serve as the basis for more specific development regulations.  Through community engagement, the plan will foster the creation of surroundings that benefit our environment and our community.  

At the heart of our community are our residents.  My mission as Mayor is to create a community culture of innovation, collaboration, and inclusion, where we embrace our diversity and no one is left behind.  

Q: There are some entrepreneurs in our community.  One example is a gentleman who wants to build online learning platforms given the current demand for distance learning.  What are some of your policies or initiatives for the startup community in Orange County?

A: Orange County has partnered with several organizations in the community to support entrepreneurs and the growth of small businesses.  These include the National Entrepreneur Center, a one-stop location for entrepreneurs to obtain assistance from 13 different service providers.  Prospera, Black Business Investment Fund, and programs in collaboration with the University of Central Florida are dedicated to helping our small businesses start, grow, and thrive in Orange County.  Recently our Board approved a number of new initiatives that will further enhance our entrepreneurial ecosystem, which include programs dedicated to women and veteran-owned businesses.  Another new initiative will be to utilize our 311 system, already very familiar to our citizens, as a call center for businesses to help direct them to organizations throughout the community based on their needs.  We look forward to introducing these new programs in our region in the coming year.

Q: The rent in Orlando has been steadily rising over the last few years.  Some residents are starting to see the housing being unaffordable.  What would your response or solution be?

A: Since taking office, I have started several affordable housing initiatives that are now being implemented to increase the stock of rent-restricted affordable housing in Orange County.   As of today, we have 300 affordable units, either complete or under construction being added to our housing inventory.  We have adopted the Housing for All 10 Year Action Plan, which is being implemented to increase the diversity and affordability of our housing supply.  The Board of County Commissioners recently approved a Local Housing Trust Fund and has already allocated $21 million to construct affordable housing in our community.  These initiatives will enhance housing opportunities for our residents.  In addition, we are using our federal CARES Act funding for rental assistance and eviction diversion, which provides much-needed relief for our residents and families in crisis.

Q: You had a long career in public service, including law enforcement and politics.  How has your education in business been influencing your career?

A: Many people may not know that my educational background is in Finance and Accounting.  Early in my career, I had the opportunity to work as an accountant with corporations and large-scale businesses across the southeast. This opportunity provided me with a solid foundation in business that I have carried with me in my nearly 40-year career as a law enforcement professional and crisis manager. 

纽约布朗克斯地铁站血案:一场争执引发的悲剧
美国新闻 USA News

纽约布朗克斯地铁站血案:一场争执引发的悲剧

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拜登赞颂美国的“未来”,政府向芯片制造商英特尔投资85亿美元
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香港废除十年房地产限制,提振经济
国际新闻 International News

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