Orlando: September 7 – 8, 2001

5th_2001The fifth annual Florida Neighborhoods Conference was hosted by the City of Orlando. The conference theme was Celebrating Florida’s Great Neighborhoods. More than 950 neighborhood leaders, volunteers and government representatives from throughout Florida participated in the two- day conference. There were 30 workshops conducted, covering topics such as Creating and Maintaining Interest in Associations, Getting News to your Neighbors, Seniors as Assets, ABCs of Grant Writing, Engaging Absentee Landlords, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and Water Conservation. Participants had the opportunity to visit neighborhoods in Orlando, Eatonville, Winter Park, and the Town of Celebration. There were ten neighborhood tours, hosted by various neighborhood and homeowner associations in conjunction with the City of Orlando, Orange County Government, City of Winter Park and the Town of Celebration. The closing event was held at Universal Orlando at the Animal Planet Pavilion with Lt. Governor Frank Brogan and then Orlando Mayor Glenda E. Hood thanking and encouraging the state’s neighborhood leaders and volunteers. The 2001 conference would not have been possible without the support from more than 200 neighborhood association volunteers, major sponsors- Universal Orlando, SunTrust and LYNX- and numerous businesses in the greater Orlando area.