About Us

The City District’s origin story is about hope. In 2008 the Great Recession caused many businesses and regions to think creatively about how to get things moving again. The formation of City District allows businesses to work together to elevate the presence of Downtown Orlando. 

Our community has character. Sure, we all know the famous mice down the street, but here in the heart of our city is what makes us a special community. Our people are warm, friendly, and eager to make your day. And the City District helps shine a light on all there is to do in these unique regions of Downtown Orlando.

With support from local merchants, the City District has continued to grow by becoming a member of Main Street America. Our mission is to bring people together to build better businesses, be good neighbors, and strengthen the community at large. 

As a Main Street America ™ Accredited program, City District is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share a commitment to creating high-quality places, and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

All Main Street America ™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by Main Street America. By meeting these standards we provide you, our neighbors, an enriched community. 

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Mission

City District is a nationally accredited Orlando Main Streets not-for-profit 501(C)(6) organization that promotes and advocates for the stakeholders and businesses within the historic core and urbanized downtown Orlando corridor. The District serves as a policy influencer and a vehicle for business and community enhancement. Economic stability is supported through event programming and heightened community marketing promotions.

Vision

City District aspires to foster prosperity among its stakeholders, and to be the premier downtown Orlando destination for visitors and locals alike. City District will continue hosting quality events and will continue to preserve the iconic history and culture of our community while embracing extraordinary growth.

Partnerships

Wall Street Plaza is famous for its locally owned and operated complex of bars, restaurants and nightclubs all located within one city block. What began in 1995 with just one bar, over the years has grown to 7 diverse venues with packed outdoor block parties and some of the biggest and best special events in Downtown Orlando.

Board Members

Dominique Greco (P)

Founder

Collective Strategies 

Despina McLaughlin (VP)

Public Information Officer

Orange County Government

Ryan Davis

General Manager

Harry Buffalo

Jose Lightner

Owner

City2Nite

Kirk Wingerson

Marketing Division Manager

Orlando Venues

Mitchell Ruiz

Owner

City2Nite

Graham Jarrett

Publisher

Orlando Weekly

Thomas Bonds 

Parramore Promotion

Committee Chair

Owner

Exit Realty

Aida R. Martin

Broker Owner

Midtown Realty

Terrence Miller

Planner II

City of Orlando

Jorge Becerra

Partner

CFS Coffee Downtown

Keri Burns
Executive Director

Florida Restaurant and

Lodging Association

Heather Bonds

Historic Preservation Officer

City of Orlando

Melyssa Marshall

Project Manager

Creative City Project

Staff

Rosangela Parker

Downtown Executive Director

Natasha Gaye

Parramore Executive Director