Downtown Development Board's 50th Anniversary

Created by a Special Act of the Florida Legislature in 1971, the Downtown Development Board (DDB) serves to strengthen the role of downtown Orlando as the economic, governmental, and cultural center of Central Florida. This year, the DDB is celebrating 50 years of creating exciting experiences and new developments that keep people coming back to discover downtown Orlando. 


DTO Sculpture

Installed to commemorate the Downtown Development Board’s 50th Anniversary, the DTO sculpture – abbreviated for downtown Orlando – creates an iconic point of interest for residents and visitors alike. This art installation celebrates downtown and serves as a selfie inducing moment. Creating visual art like the DTO sculpture supports the downtown Orlando vision plan of enhancing open spaces. The sculpture is located in front of Discover Downtown, 201 S. Orange Avenue. 

Gold Downtown Map

50th Anniversary Merchandise

Shop throwback items and limited edition merchandise at Discover Downtown. The Throwback Era Postcard Set is a collection of images from the 1960s to today. The golden DDB 50 Year Anniversary Map features 40 of Orlando's neighborhoods closest to downtown along with easter eggs of downtown's hidden gems. 


Elevating DTO – 50 Years and Rising: Through the Eyes of Local Artists

Beginning July 15, visit CityArts for a gallery featuring original drawings, paintings, landmarks, and milestones over the past 50 years.
What's Up Downtown

What's Up Downtown

On August 19, learn more about downtown Orlando's past, present, and future at What's Up Downtown. Registration will open closer to the event date.


The City Beautiful: 50 Years of Developing Downtown Orlando

The City of Orlando has long supported the growth and development of its downtown corridor through the work of the Downtown Development Board, which began in 1971. Fifty years later, there is much to celebrate and reflect upon.

The Orange County Regional History Center will present an exhibition highlighting the achievements of the Downtown Development Board through a timeline of important events and photographs showcasing the growth of the City Beautiful. The exhibition will be on display from Friday, November 5, 2021, through January 30, 2022. 


Memory Submission

We want to share your memories of downtown Orlando on our social channels! Click here to submit a photo or story of downtown from the 1970s to now.