Elected Officials, First Responders, and Community Leaders from all over Seminole County were in Lake Mary on Thursday afternoon for the 2017 State of the County presented by the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce.
After opening remarks from Chamber President and State Representative Jason Brodeur, the group honored former longtime Congressman John Mica for his contributions to the community in areas such as transportation and economic development. Mica was introduced by Seminole State College President Anne McGee and given a standing ovation before taking to the podium to thank the crowd.
The State of the County Address was presented by Seminole County Commission Chairman John Horan who then took to the podium for 30 minute speech that presented a successful year for the state’s “Natural Choice” in 2016, and a positive outlook for the region in 2017.
“We actually get things done.” declared Horan before running down the county’s achievements in education, fighting homelessness, health care. He thanked a penny tax passed in 2014 for improvements in transportation infrastructure that made it easier for residents to get around and a growing airport that was becoming part of the “tourism calculus” In the Orlando area.
Horan also honored first responders, who played an important part in the address’ “Always at the ready” central message for keeping the community safe and credited county employees for their work pushing back the Zika virus and quickly standing the community back up after Hurricane Matthew.
There was also positive economic news with hundreds of jobs expected to be created in the coming months by companies like Deloitte and HCA.
While there were no warnings about potential challenges facing the region in the upcoming year, Horan took time to reflect on the obstacles that county had overcome in recent years such as fiscal recovery after the recession and homelessness in the region.
Overall the state of the county in Seminole County presents a positive outlook for the upcoming year.
“We continue to enjoy an extraordinary quality of life. That is the state of Seminole County.” Horan said in closing “Caring and competent. Creative and innovative and always at the ready to implement Seminole solutions for the great people of this county.”