Commissioner Tony Ortiz' Government Academy was launched in 2014 to empower the constituents of District 2 and beyond. His biggest goal as a public servant is to share knowledge with his community to better their own lives because he believes that government starts with the people.
Classes are held twice a year in both English and Spanish at the Orlando Police Training Facility (100 George Desalvia Way, Orlando, FL 32807) on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for 11 weeks. In order to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course on the day of graduation, only two absences are permitted.
Topics learned and discussed are taught by their respective field experts and include an array of subjects such as: Federal, state, county, and municipal government. Additionally, the education of city and county services takes place giving constituents the chance to learn about the Judicial System, Orange County Property Appraiser/Tax Collector, Public Schools, City of Orlando Housing, Economic Development, Sustainability and more.
Spring Session (English): March 31 – June 9, 2020
Fall Session (Spanish): TBD
“True government power is nested within the hands of the people and teaching them the importance of government knowledge puts them on a path of how to best make their government work for them.” – Commissioner Ortiz
“It is a pleasure to be able to serve you in all ways possible including educating you about how you can best utilize your government services.” – Commissioner Ortiz
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