Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Sam Walton, the founder of the Walmart empire would add, “Capital isn’t scarce; vision is!”
Vision is what unites a community, inspires the courage to act and brings clarity for what the future can be. Last month, the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce held its 10th annual Visioning Event, “Moving Toward Our Future.” The annual event carries on the work of the original Visioning Study that was published in 2003.
That original study, led by the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce, brought together over 200 members of the East Orlando community and the question was asked of them, “How do we affect change in our community while effectively planning for growth and maintaining our quality of life?” They had to consider this question with regards
to transportation, healthcare, recreation, education, housing and employment.
Pushing the ‘Refresh’ Button
With Nemours Children’s Hospital recently opening its doors in Medical City to welcome kids and families, this year seemed like the perfect time to revisit the topic of transportation. We put together a VIP Panel that consisted of Noranne B. Downs of the Florida Department of Transportation, District Five; Michelle Maikisch of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority; Stan Thornton of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Orlando International Airport; John M. Lewis Jr. of the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority; and brought in Harold W. Barley of MetroPlan to be the moderator.
The information and the discussion gave every one an authoritative, long-term perspective on the challenges, the impact and the creative solutions being implemented in the transportation sector.
Cheryl Mellin of Winter Park Blue commented, “As a fourth-year committee member and print sponsor, I choose to participate in the East Orlando Chamber Vision Event. I make this choice each year because this signature event brings the community together to learn about the issues that face the Chamber corridor businesses and homeowners, as the growth in this corridor will progress for years to come.”
With the kind of leadership we have in our VIP panelists and the commitment sponsors like Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida Hospital East Orlando, University of Central Florida, and Arthurs’s Catering, along with our volunteers and attendees, we know the future of our area is something all of us will be proud of.
Gege Venant Saintilus has been the Membership Director of the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce, www.eocc.org, since March 2012.