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Orlando Florida
Orlando Florida, the City Beautiful, is the economic center of Central Florida. Residents enjoy extensive parks, temperate weather, diverse business and neighborhood districts, major league sports teams and a rich cultural climate. Orlando’s Economy and jobs market continues to thrive as a result of public venues and SunRail construction, Downtown redevelopment, Main Street business districts, an expanding computer simulation and technology industry and the new Lake Nona Medical City. Visitors from across the world travel to Orlando to enjoy the many theme parks, entertainment and sports venues, Downtown Orlando and the City’s distinctive neighborhoods.

Orlando Florida Fast Facts

Fifth Largest City in Florida
Sixth Largest Metropolitan Area in the Southeast
Land area: 111.2 square miles
Population: 245,402 (2012)
Greater Orlando Metropolitan Area: 2.2 million
Incorporated: 1875
Form of government: Mayor/Commissioner
Major Industries: Life sciences, modeling, simulation and training
Sports: Orlando Magic NBA basketball team, Orlando City Soccer Club MLS 2015 expansion team, Orlando Solar Bears ECHL hockey team, Orlando Predators AFL arena football team
Collegiate Sports: Capital One Bowl (BCS), Russell Athletic Bowl, Florida Classic, NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship rounds and the University of Central Florida Athletics
Major Public Works Projects: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Citrus Bowl Expansion, SunRail, Major League Soccer stadium

 

From Wikipedia

Orlando (/ɔrˈlænd/) is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, and the county seat of Orange County. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,134,411 at the 2010 census, making it the 26th largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third largest metropolitan area in the state of Florida. In 2010, Orlando had a city-proper population of 238,300, making it the 77th largest city in the United States, the fifth largest city in Florida, and the state’s largest inland city.

Orlando is nicknamed “The City Beautiful” and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. Orlando is also known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World” and its tourist attractions draw more than 57 million tourists a year, including 4.1 million international guests.[10] The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the thirteenth busiest airport in the United States and the 29th busiest in the world.[11] Buddy Dyer is Orlando’s mayor.

As the most visited American city in 2009,[12] Orlando’s famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry: Walt Disney World Resort, located approximately 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Downtown Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, opened by the Walt Disney Company in 1971; the Universal Orlando Resort, opened in 1999 as a major expansion of Universal Studios Florida; SeaWorld; Gatorland; and Wet ‘n Wild. With the exception of Walt Disney World, most major attractions are located along International Drive. The city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions.

Like other major cities in the Sun Belt, Orlando grew rapidly during the 1980s and into the first decade of the 21st century. Orlando is home to the University of Central Florida, which is the second-largest university campus in the United States in terms of enrollment as of 2012. In 2010, Orlando was listed as a “Gamma−” level of world-city in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory.[13] Orlando ranks as the fourth most popular American city based on where people want to live according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.[14]

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Megan Dowdy

Megan Dowdy is a seasoned real estate broker, educator, and entrepreneur. A native of Orlando, she is one of its biggest promoters and is familiar with all that Orlando has to offer. She attended Lake Highland Preparatory School, obtained a business degree from The Calloway School of Business at Wake Forest University, and then obtained her Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management from The University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

Her passion for bringing hospitality and service to real estate is a rare find in the industry. Building relationships that begin with the first transaction and carry on over years is what Megan thrives on. Communication and accessibility are of the utmost importance to providing a high level of service – and Megan prides herself on those!

When she isn’t representing clients in the purchase of real estate, Megan is teaching, as an Adjunct Instructor, at The University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. She teaches the future leaders of the industry numerous courses ranging from Guest Services Management, to Marketing, to Hospitality Communications.

Giving back is also a major theme in Megan’s life. Megan is a Founder, Board of Directors President, and Hospitality Committee Chair of The AutoNation Cure Bowl; Orlando’s newest NCAA post season college football game set to kickoff on December 19, 2015. All proceeds from the game go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation where ninety-one cents of every dollar raised goes directly to research, and finding a cure for cancer. She also maintains strong relationships with each of her alma maters, even holding a position on the Alumni Board of Directors at Lake Highland Preparatory School in downtown Orlando.

Megan is also a licensed Real Estate Instructor and holds two designations: Accredited Buyer’s Representative and Graduate Realtor Institute; also, two certifications: Florida Military Specialist and Military Relocation Professional.