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Winter Springs Florida

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The city of Winter Springs has a loving, supportive community and was ranked by the August 2011 issue of Money Magazine as the 97th best place to live in the United States. There is an active church life, rich park development, and a strong economy. The city takes pride in the beautiful landscaping and the welcoming environment of the closely-knit community. The city’s location is perfect as well, located just outside of Orlando, Florida; one can relax in the quite city or take a road trip to the exciting city of Orlando. Scattered throughout are breakfast cafés for the early birds and unique down town bar grills for the night owls. Winter Springs has everything whether visiting or living in the welcoming city.

The city’s active church life shows through the variety of churches to choose from. Action church, Church Alive, and Life Community Church are a few of these religious sanctuaries, as the city refers to them. Catholicism is the dominant religion, but all are welcome in the cheery, supportive community. Along with a rich church life, parks are also in abundance. Chuck Pula, parks and recreation director of Winter Springs, received a Grand Award for the city’s 103-acre Central Winds Park in the Baltimore-based Professional Ground Management Society’s Green Star Awards competition. The park also received the Lawrence, Kan-based Sports Turf Management Association’s Award as the best Parks and Recreation Sports Complex in the nation in 2004.

Winter Springs is not only known for the rich landscaping and religious atmosphere, but also the city’s strong economy. In the 2009 recession, the city managed to survive through community efforts and a positive attitude. Reporter, Kevin Smith, wrote an article on how the small community pulled together in the moment of truth.

The community continues to grow and thrives through harsh times. A positive attitude leads to a happiness and success, which is exactly what Winter Springs has achieved.

Fast Facts

State: Florida
County:
Seminole
Incorporated: 1959
Population: 33,871

 

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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.