Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's Neighborhood and Community Summit


Mayor Buddy Dyer's Annual Neighborhood and Community Summit is a one-day event to bring together residents, community leaders, city staff and elected officials. 

The Summit is a great place to participate in a variety of workshops focused on building strong, vibrant communities and organizations, network with others, visit exhibitors and learn about city programs and services.

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Thank you for your interest in sponsoring this year's Summit. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2023 Neighborhood and Community Summit are no longer available. For more information on becoming a 2024 sponsor contact susan.harris@orlando.gov.



Our attendees look forward to and rely on the exhibitors to inform them about services, resources, programs and products that help them improve their neighborhood and our city.

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Exhibitor Timeline

  • 6 a.m. - Exhibitor load-In begins
  • 8:30 a.m. - All exhibitors must be set up
  • 12 p.m. - Exhibitor area closes
  • 12:30 p.m. - All exhibitors must be cleared from hall


7 a.m.   Registration opens and breakfast 
7:45 a.m.   Program begins
8:10 a.m.  Award presentations
8:30 - 11 a.m.  Exhibit area opens
8:30 a.m.   Ask Your Mayor Session
10 - 11 a.m.  Session A Workshops
11 - 11:15 a.m.   Break
11:15 - 12:15 p.m.   Session B Workshops
12:15 - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch and Meet the Police Chief
1:30 - 1:45 p.m.  Break 
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.  Session C Workshops
2:45 p.m.  End of summit


Ask Your Mayor Workshop: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Join Mayor Dyer in conversation on topics that impact our city, economy, and neighborhoods. Learn about exciting projects happening this year and how you can stay informed, connected, and involved with all that the City of Orlando has to offer. 

Session A: 10 - 11 a.m.

People, Place and Purpose: Learning from Orlando Main Street Districts to Bring Communities Together
Orlando Main Streets work to preserve the history of our community while promoting economic vibrancy in 12 commercial districts. In this workshop, three Main Street Executive Directors will share their stories, strategies and insights that bring together communities and leverage limited resources in a wide variety of organizations and community groups.

Neighborhood Organizations, Let's Talk Money
Budgets are key to the success of neighborhood associations, but so is understanding the importance of community involvement in mandatory and voluntary associations. To help build a strong budget and garner community support, you will learn the tools to present budgets, handle inflation and make the budget easier for residents to understand. We will also discuss the fiduciary responsibility that board members have, including dispelling the myth that a good board never raises fees or dues.

Using Data to Address Food Insecurity in Orlando
Learn how data better equips a community to create long-term solutions for underserved members. View a live demo of a data analytics system, zooming in on Orlando neighborhoods, and hear stories from local residents. We will also discuss learning from U.S. Hunger's recent Community Investment Program pilot with the City of Orlando.

Finding Common Ground Through Dialogue
Public deliberation provides opportunities for meaningful, respectful and unbiased discussions between people who often disagree on principles/values. This workshop aims to introduce community leaders to the practice of deliberation and demonstrate its benefits through hands-on experience. The workshop will use an issue guide from the National Issues Forums.

How Childhood Experiences Impact Our Communities
Learn how Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs) impact individuals and communities. Panelists will share conditions and attributes that help prevent adverse childhood experiences and strategies communities can use to heal trauma and build resilience.

Session B: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Passing the Leadership Baton: Taking Your Association to the Next Level
A leadership succession plan is key to keeping a neighborhood association thriving. Hear firsthand stories from a panel of new board members who have made a successful transition to leadership and taken the association to a new level.

Livable Orlando: An Age-Friendly Initiative Action Plan
The Livable Orlando Age-Friendly Action Plan, approved by City Council in September 2022, is our community's blueprint to make Orlando the best city in which to live and age well. This action plan details 25 goals and 89 specific action items the city will pursue in partnership with other organizations to become even more age-friendly. Learn about the action plan's findings and recommendations regarding the built environment and social environment and how we call all make Orlando truly a community for all ages. You will also be invited to provide feedback on your experiences.

Local Good Multiplied: Why Small Grassroots are a Critical Part of the Equation
We know the stories of large-scale, national nonprofit organizations, but often overlook the power of smaller, more localized nonprofits. Such organizations are specially situated to provide services unique to our community. In this session, presenters will share the impact of several local, grassroots organizations and how we all have a role to play in bringing about good in our community.

Managing a Multigenerational Team
The key to unlocking the potential of the multigenerational workplace is to, first, understand each generation represented in your organization. Once you understand how generational differences influence workplace relationships, you can work toward even more organizational innovation and increased profits. Learn practical strategies for leaders to more effectively leverage generations in the workplace.

Session C: 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

The Story of Your Name
To explore issues related to diversity, it's important we understand ourselves and recognize the unique stories of people who may be different from us. One of the most important aspects of identity is a person's name. This interactive workshop will guide participants to explore, share and hear the stories of their names and the names of others. Participants will watch videos, reflect on prompts and interact with others.

Mindfulness, Movement and Fellowship: Fostering Community Health
Learn about the importance of promoting and providing outlets and spaces for wellness programs that allow for interpersonal connection and an overall improvement in the quality of life. Interpersonal connectedness is correlated with experiencing less stress, adopting healthy behaviors, garnering a strong sense of well-being and purpose and longevity.

How Brain Diversity Can Benefit Your Organization
Learn ways organizations can be more inclusive of neurodivergent (ND) people. Someone who is neurodivergent behaves, thinks, and learns differently. Without dismissing the importance of formal Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion initiatives, the presentation will suggest informal ways for organizations to better include ND thinkers. The session will also cover perceived challenges and possible benefits of organizations being more inclusive.

Grant Funding: Turning Ideas into Reality
There is often a knowledge gap between the theoretical and the practical, which prevents good ideas from becoming a reality. This workshop is designed to teach participants how to assess a need in the community, create a plan, frame it on paper and get it funded. Learn how to incorporate data and measurable impact into your grant proposals.