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Congressional Partnership Breakfast
Features Three of America’s Newly-Elected Leaders

On Wednesday, April 12, the Orlando Economic Partnership hosted three of America's newly-elected leaders who are now serving our country, working together and enthusiastically representing the Central Florida Region, in the 115th United States Congress.

Congresswoman Val Demings (D-Orlando), Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-Winter Park) and Congressman Darren Soto (D-Kissimmee) all joined together for the first time since their respective elections last fall, to share their vision for our community, as we begin to collaborate on public policy solutions for our family of communities.

With over 150 business and community leaders in attendance, the Congressional Partnership Breakfast was a special opportunity to showcase the values of service and unity under the new entity formed by the merger of the Central Florida Partnership and the Orlando Economic Development Commission, with the purpose of creating a civic architecture that will enable us to better serve our entire family of communities.

Kelly Cohen, the Vice Chair of Public Policy for the Orlando Economic Partnership, was the moderator of the panel which included the first Vietnamese-American woman (Congresswoman Murphy) and the first Puerto Rican to be elected to Congress from Florida (Congressman Soto).

“Collaboration is more powerful when we look beyond the geographical boundaries that are arbitrarily set for our districts,” said Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy when she confirmed that she has already begun collaborating with the delegation on joint priorities, such as transportation, that will benefit the entire Central Florida region.

While each of the members discussed many of the other critical issues facing the United States and the Central Florida Region including health care reform, tax reform, infrastructure investments, and regional transportation, Congresswoman Val Demings highlighted one of her strongest reasons as to why she ran for office. “Our national security, the security of our nation, has to be, it must be, our number one concern, and it has to be at the forefront of our minds every day,” said Demings. “We are all committed to doing this job correctly. The only way we can do that is by talking and listening to each of you.”

Additionally, when Congressman Darren Soto was asked about his vision to help position Central Florida as a magnet for entrepreneurs, new jobs, and innovative industries including the high-tech BRIDG manufacturing facility in Kissimmee he responded, “We are committed to creating more high-paying, high tech jobs for our communities and meaningful tax reform for small businesses.” He also touted his support for a bill that would ensure that most small businesses – which account for 94 percent of all businesses in America – never pay a higher tax rate than large companies or corporations, “making our nation more competitive on a global scale.”

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Orlando Economic Partnership Congressional Partnership Breakfast


The Orlando Economic Partnership is a new entity formed from the merger of the Central Florida Partnership and the Orlando Economic Development Commission. The vision of the organization is to provide the region with a durable competitive advantage in global competition for quality jobs, economic growth, broad-based prosperity and a sustainable quality of life.

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