Dyer is the dean of Florida’s “big-city” mayors, having served Orlando’s
residents since 2003. Under Orlando’s Strong-Mayor form of government,
Mayor Dyer serves as the City’s chief executive and also helps govern
and oversee the operations and growth of its city-owned utility and the
Orlando International and Executive Airports.
During his time in office, Mayor Dyer has worked relentlessly to advance
the community’s shared vision for Orlando as the “Next Great American
In 2011, he was selected as American City and County Magazine’s
National Municipal Leader of the Year. The award highlights his work to
diversify Central Florida’s economy, secure Central Florida’s first rail
mass transit system, strengthen neighborhood safety and deliver more
efficient, effective government to the residents of Orlando.
Mayor Dyer’s commitment to bolstering police protection helped bring
about the most dramatic reduction in crime in Orlando history. This
focus on safety has also helped make the Orlando Fire Department one of
the elite departments in the entire country. The Orlando Fire Department
has an “ISO Rating” of 1, meaning they are one of the top 50 fire
departments in America out of more than 55-thousand departments.
Mayor Dyer is leading the effort to diversify Central Florida’s economy
and create a new breed of high-tech, high-wage careers for residents in
cutting edge industries such as digital media, life sciences and
biotechnology, modeling, simulation and training, and aviation and
Mayor Dyer is also a fierce advocate for the expansion of public
mass-transit and for creating more walkable, livable communities.
Through his leadership, Orlando is building Central Florida’s first-ever
commuter rail system called SunRail. Mayor Dyer has become a national
voice for America’s cities in advancing the need for a nationwide high
speed rail network.
In 2011, Mayor Dyer will lead the United States Conference of Mayor’s
High Speed Rail Task Force, helping America’s cities craft a unified
voice in support of the creation of a nationwide high speed rail network
in much the same way our nation’s cities advocated for the creation of
the interstate highway system more than a half century ago.
Mayor Dyer also engineered one of the most remarkable downtown
resurgences anywhere in the country, anchored by the creation of
world-class sports, arts and entertainment venues for the City’s
residents and visitors. In October 2010, Orlando’s residents opened the
Amway Center, referred to by many experts as the most advanced arena on
the planet. Beyond a place where residents have access to world class
sports and entertainment, the facility helped create more than 400 jobs
in the midst of a nationwide recession.
While Orlando’s accomplishments under Mayor Dyer’s leadership fall under
a broad range of categories, each has a common element; they were made
possible because of the power of partnership.
Since his first day in office, Mayor Dyer has fought to increase
cooperation and partnership between Central Florida’s many governments,
its business and civic communities and its residents. The result of this
effort is a new era of collaboration that has paved the way for a string
of remarkable, “game changing” accomplishments for greater Orlando in a
very short period of time and has set the City on course for a more
Prior to being Mayor, Buddy Dyer served for a decade in the Florida
Senate. His colleagues elected him as their Democratic Senate Leader, a
position he held for three years.
Mayor Dyer earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from
Brown University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of
Florida College of Law, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the University
of Florida Law Review and a member of the prestigious Florida Blue Key
organization. He graduated with honors and received the highest score on
the Florida Bar Exam that year.
Before he chose to serve in public office, Mayor Dyer worked as an
environmental engineer. He has also practiced law for more than 20
years. He often calls upon this dynamic professional background to serve
the residents of Orlando. Where other elected leaders may only focus on
the “big picture” or one specific area of expertise, Mayor Dyer has been
able to create broad shared visions for projects and policies while also
playing a key role in the technical, legislative or legal process that
is necessary to make them a reality.
Mayor Dyer was born in Orlando and raised in nearby Kissimmee. He and
his wife Karen, an attorney, have two sons, Trey and Drew. When not in
the office, the Mayor relishes his “other jobs” coaching little league
or flag football for his sons’ teams.
Dyer’s accomplishments in specific areas include:
Neighborhood Safety and Crime Prevention:
Prioritized the use of
tax dollars, investing in a multi-year public safety program, which
resulted in the addition of 50 new police officers on the street and
45 new fire personnel along with the construction of two new police
substations and six new fire stations, including a state-of-the-art
Fire Department headquarters.
Invested resources to ensure neighborhood improvement projects
including: Parramore Heritage Park and Pond, Dover Shores Community
Center, Dubsdread sewer improvements, Lake Eola Park renovation and
Primrose Building improvements.
Lead the effort to bring a new era of “high tech policing” to
Orlando and equip officers with the tools, training and technology
necessary to perform their jobs at the highest level.
Job Creation and the
unprecedented public/private partnership to create the “Medical City
at Lake Nona.” The Sanford Burnham Institute and UCF Medical School
will serve as anchors of this biomedical and health sciences
cluster, along with the Nemours children’s health care campus, the
VA Hospital and the University of Florida Lake Nona Research and
Academic Center. The “Medical City” will create more than
20-thousand jobs in the years ahead.
Opened the downtown
campuses of the Florida A&M College of Law, UCF’s School of Film and
Digital Media and championed the creation of a new medical school
for UCF in east Orlando.
Recruited House of
Moves, the world’s largest motion capture service studio, to
co-locate an east coast operation at Downtown Orlando’s UCF Center
for Emerging Media. This digital media cluster is the first step in
building a larger “Creative Village” that will serve as a home for
high tech companies for decades to come.
Orlando,” a local effort to generate jobs and help residents and
businesses “weather the storm” during tough economic times.
Solved a $23 million
budget shortfall his first thirty days in office and continued to
pass balanced budgets each year thereafter, with a commitment to
spending every tax dollar wisely while maintaining an open and
transparent budget process.
Transportation and Smart
Created a shared vision
for rail transit across the Central Florida region that resulted in
the building of the SunRail commuter rail system. Mayor Dyer’s work
to bring rail transit to Orlando led to the State legislature
creating Florida’s first-ever comprehensive blueprint for a
statewide rail network.
Has become a national
advocate for the expansion of passenger rail in America. As the
“Voice of America’s Mayor’s” in the critical area of high speed rail
through his work with the United States Conference of Mayors, Mayor
Dyer is leading the effort for Mayors across the country to play a
role in the development and funding of America’s eventual high speed
Engineered one of the
most remarkable resurgences of a downtown anywhere in the country
with $3 billion dollars worth of development either underway or
planned for Downtown Orlando.
Secured the creation of
world class “Community Venues” for Downtown Orlando: The Dr.
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Amway Center which will
be home to the Orlando Magic and a refurbished Citrus Bowl stadium.
This effort also included The Blueprint,” a program to ensure
residents would benefit from the construction of the Venues.
Expanding Education and
Opportunity for Residents:
Initiated “Pathways for
Parramore” to bring new, affordable homes on line, transform Church
Street into a major east/west thoroughfare and created and expand
the “Parramore Kidz Zone” to provide after school activities, access
to health care and social services to children and families.
pre-kindergarten initiative and doubled the number of high quality
pre-kindergarten classrooms in the City.
governments across Central Florida and the non-profit community to
create a first-ever regional approach to ending homelessness. This
unique strategy resulted in a record amount of federal funding
awarded to advance the shared mission of ending homelessness.
amenities such as parks, ball-fields and community centers citywide.
Committed Orlando to
becoming one of the most sustainable cities in America by creating
“Green Works Orlando,” the City’s first comprehensive plan to
protect its natural resources, encourage environmentally-friendly
lifestyles and business practices.
Opened a total of 6
“green” or LEED Certified fire stations, more than any city in the
southeastern United States.
businesses and residents to strive for LEED certification for their
buildings by leading by example. The City-owned Amway Center, the
new home of the Orlando Magic, is the only LEED Certified arena in
Led an effort to perform
energy retrofits throughout the City, making homes more energy
efficient and saving residents money on their power bills.
Worked to expand the
City’s reclaimed water program. In 2011, Orlando will reuse 99% of
its potable water, a first for any major U.S. Community.
Partnered with our
utility to expand solar power across Central Florida while also
beginning to build the infrastructure to support electric vehicles