The following is a sampling of the city resources available to you and your association.
Association Leadership and Volunteer Training
The Office of Communications and Neighborhood Relations offers a variety of trainings designed to meet the specific needs of your association. For more information or to schedule training, contact the city’s Neighborhood Relations team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Available training includes:
This is an online comprehensive neighborhood leadership and organization management training resource. It consists of training guides accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Go to orlando.gov/ilead to view all the training guides.
Community Connections Workshops
These free workshops are usually held on the 2nd Saturday morning of the month. These workshops are designed to inform, connect, and involve citizens with a variety of topics. Each year there are at least two specific workshops for mandatory association conducted by attorneys specializing in association law:
1) Board Certification for Mandatory Associations
2) Legislative Updates
These workshops are a great opportunity for neighborhood leaders to interact and learn from one another. To see the Community Connections schedule or to register for the workshops go to orlando.gov/ilead/workshops.
iLead Leadership Series
This is a small group, unique learning experience designed to take your leadership skills to the next level. This immersive 6-week session, lead by the Neighborhood Relations team, will help you sharpen your leadership skills, develop a targeted community action plan, and earn $250 for your neighborhood organization. This series is offered twice a year. For more information and to see when the next session is visit orlando.gov/ilead.
Custom Board Training
Our Neighborhood Relations team will design trainings to address the needs of a specific association. To learn more about these customized trainings, contact email@example.com.
Mayor Dyer’s Neighborhood and Community Summit
This is an annual, one day training conference bringing together hundreds of city neighborhood, arts and cultural, civic, community and faith-based leaders and volunteers to share information and learn about community building, civic engagement and managing neighborhood organizations. The Summit is held normally in the late winter to early spring of each year. Go to orlando.gov/summit for more information.
Mayor’s City Academy
The Mayor’s City Academy is a 12-week civic engagement program that takes you inside your city government to learn how city departments serve residents every day. For more information, visit orlando.gov/mca.
Funding for Neighborhoods
Mayor’s Matching Grants
The Mayor’s Matching Grant provides grant funds for neighborhood organizations. Neighborhood organizations may apply for up to $5,000 to implement physical improvements, public safety, sustainability or education projects and programs that benefit neighborhood residents. For more information, visit Mayor's Matching Grants.
Beautification for Neighborhoods
Green Up Orlando
Green Up Orlando will do tree planting and landscaping projects on association common property that are very public in the neighborhood and will even do projects in gated neighborhoods.
Here are a couple of exemptions that do not meet the eligibility of a Green Up project:
1) common property that is isolated and only benefits a few owners
2) individual home frontage
3) within your pool area
Mandatory associations are asked to have a Green Up committee that approves all decisions of the Green Up project and recruit neighbors to do the actual planting of the trees and landscaping materials. The Green Up Orlando team will bring all the trees, plants, fertilizer, mulch and tools to make the project a success. The association brings the labor.
Green Up projects qualify for Florida Bright Future hours, which may be a great recruiting point for your teens. Many associations wrap up their Green Up projects with lunch or a food break. Food brings out people. For more information or to schedule a Green Up Orlando project, visit orlando.gov/greenup.
Litter Prevention — Keep Orlando Beautiful
Keep Orlando Beautiful (KOB) is a non-profit organization administered by the city’s Streets and Stormwater Division of the Public Works Department.
Various beautification projects include: plantings, painting, litter and graffiti removal and general sprucing up. KOB will do projects on association common grounds, including in gated communities, but not on private property. KOB will work with the association to determine needs and coordinate a volunteer effort. All needed supplies and materials are provided by KOB and it is required volunteers from the association participate. Associations may also borrow supplies for follow up maintenance and/or ongoing litter removal. For more details, visit orlando.gov/KOB.
Lakes – Lakewatch and Lake Alerts
Lakewatch volunteers collect and prepare water samples from city lakes to complement the city’s current lake monitoring program. Volunteers must have boat and lake access and dedicate approximately one hour per month to the program. The data collected is used by the State to help evaluate the health of the lake.
To be notified about lake water quality concerns, sign up for lake alerts.
Here are some additional resources that may be useful.
Lighting of Common Areas
OUC and Duke Energy offer programs to add new property lighting or upgrade existing common area light.
Call customer service at 407.423.9018 to discuss lighting needs and specifications.
Duke Energy Customers
Call customer service at 407.629.1010 or 1.800.700.8744 and follow the prompts for businesses, then lighting. Duke Energy considers your association a business.
Finding an Association Attorney
Contact the Orange County Bar Association to request referrals for lawyers and law firms specializing in condominium or homeowner association law. Visit orangecountybar.org.
Community Association Institute (CAI) - Central Florida Chapter
CAI is an international membership organization dedicated to building better communities. CAI provides information, education and resources to the homeowner volunteers who govern communities and the professionals who support them. CAI members include association board members and other homeowner leaders, community managers, association management firms, and other professionals who provide products and services to associations. For membership and more information, visit caicf.org.
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