Mayor Demings has been a driving force in the development of Central Florida, with nearly 1,000 new residents arriving each year. To keep up with this population growth, the Orlando Metropolitan Urban Area Planning Organization (formerly known as MetroPlan Orlando) has been working to create a balanced transportation system. To further this effort, Mayor Demings is pushing for a penny tax initiative that could have a radical effect on transportation in the area. Orange County has seen a dramatic transformation over the years, going from being a rural area to becoming a first-class destination for visitors and businesses.
As Florida continues to experience significant demographic changes, new transportation services need to be developed at the neighborhood, community and region levels. This will ensure that Central Florida remains an attractive place to live and work for years to come. The Orlando Metropolitan Urban Area Planning Organization was established in 1977 to study transportation issues affecting the Central Florida area and to oversee the development of an effective regional transportation system. Mayor Demings's Transportation Initiative is an important part of this effort, as it seeks to unite voters and support his penny tax initiative. This penny could have a radical effect on transportation in Central Florida.