ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Small businesses play such an important role in the economies of cities, and without them communities would be very different. Orlando has taken steps to help promote small business growth and keep small businesses running. With the Orlando Main Streets program, small businesses and communities can look towards growing instead of closing.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer set up the Orlando Main Streets program in 2008 and it has kept expanding since. Today, the program has nine districts designated as Main Streets. These districts stretch all the way across Orlando, from the Gateway Orlando District out by Orlando International Airport to Church Street District right in the heart of downtown. The Main Streets program really focuses on local business and local people in a city known for its major tourism industry.
These main street districts are not just focused on shopping and dining, however. Many of these districts also focus on bringing the community together through events, festivals, and farmers markets. For example, the Audubon Park District offers an organic community garden and a local only farmers market for its community. In the Ivanhoe Village District, the community can enjoy art museums, parks, lakes, and theaters.
The Orlando Main Street program is a way that the city is helping preserve small businesses and communities. With the city’s growth, this program will always make sure that there is a small town feel in a large city.
Leyton Blackwell is contributing photojournalist for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org