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Route Fifty at SXSW: Our Interview With Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Route Fifty's Mitch Herckis interviews Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in Austin.

Route Fifty's Mitch Herckis interviews Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in Austin. Route Fifty Staff

 

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In an interview at SXSW, the mayor Florida's fourth-largest city discusses how city hall is helping to create an “atmosphere of innovation for entrepreneurs” to flourish.

This is the tenth in a series of Route Fifty video interviews with mayors who are in Austin, Texas, for SXSW. Previously, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

Orlando is known nationally and globally as a tourist destination, but as Mayor Buddy Dyer and branding gurus often say about Florida’s fourth-largest city: “You don’t know the half of it.”

In an interview with Route Fifty at SXSW, Dyer said that a lot of people don’t know about some of the core elements that form Orlando’s local economy that don’t involve tourism. That includes being a hub for biomedicine and modeling simulation and training, the mayor said.

“What we have tried to do is bring innovation to our community in several different ways,” Dyer said. In his city, that means being a proving ground for autonomous vehicles, testing smart parking and smart grid technologies and otherwise creating an “atmosphere of innovation for entrepreneurs” to flourish.

Mitch Herckis is Senior Program Director at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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