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The mission of the Orlando Downtown Development Board (DDB) is to strengthen the role of Downtown Orlando as the economic, governmental and cultural center of Central Florida. The DDB is responsible for the planning, implementation and administration of the City’s core area redevelopment and development program.


The Downtown Development Board (DDB) is a five member board and agency of the City of Orlando that was created by Special Act of the Florida Legislature in 1971 (codified as Chapter 18 of the Charter of the City of Orlando) (the “Act”). The Board meets the fourth Wednesday in every month, plans and projects designed to stimulate private investment are implemented within the 1,000 acre boundary.

The Board was created to give property owners within the Orlando Central City Neighborhood Development Area a vehicle to directly impact revitalization of the area and preserve property values and prevent future and reduce present deterioration within the Area.  Board members are appointed for three year terms by the Mayor of the City of Orlando with the concurrence of City Council. In accordance with the Acts, the Board levies an ad valorem tax within the Area of one mill on each dollar of tax base.  The Board’s fiscal year is the same as that of the City of Orlando, October 1-September 30.  As a Florida special district, a unit of special purpose local government, Part III, Chapter 112, Florida Statutes, provides general pertinent ethics rules applicable to the DDB.


As a proactive effort to minimize COVID-19 exposure and adhere to CDC guidelines, the special call meeting of the Downtown Development Board scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in the Veterans Conference Room, Second Floor. Please note, this date is subject to change.

We appreciate your patience and support during this time. Thank you for your understanding

The regularly scheduled meetings of the Board for 2020 will commence at 3:00 p.m.

May 27, 2020, June 24, 2020, July 22, 2020, August 19, 2020*, August 26, 2020, September 23, 2020, October 28, 2020, November 18, 2020, December 2, 2020.

*August 19, 2020 – Annual Downtown Development Board Budget Workshop

Current board members are:

  • William “Bill” Lambert, Chair – Red Lobster
  • James “Jamie”  Barati, Vice Chair – Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Wendy Connor – True Marketing
  • Monica McCown – Artisan’s Table
  • Eugene Jones – Valencia College

To view meeting minutes and agendas from previous months, please click here or e-mail Ashley Edwards at Ashley.Edwards@downtownorlando.com.


PDF File 2019 Annual Report Download
PDF File 2017-2018 Annual Report Download
PDF File 2016-2017 Annual Report Download
PDF File Annual Report 2015-2016 Download
PDF File February 12, 2020 Downtown Development Board Agenda Download
PDF File January 22, 2020 Downtown Development Board Meeting Minutes Download

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