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Rick Singh Report

Hurricane Dorian Response

Orange County was well-prepared for the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian passing through Central Florida. Although most agree we "dodged a bullet," we were very lucky. It could have been so much worse. Property Appraiser Rick Singh participated in daily news briefings with colleagues from other government agencies to keep citizens informed about preparation and response.

On Saturday, August 31, Congresswoman Val Demings, U.S. House of Representatives, and Senator Randolph Bracy, Jr., Florida Legislature, toured the Orange County Emergency Operations Center and took the time to review disaster response with Rick Singh.

The Orange County Property Appraiser's office staffed the EOC for nearly a week as we all waited for Dorian to move toward - or away from - Florida. It is our responsibility to assess all damaged property in the county. After first responders deem an area safe, teams of appraisers go into the field and assess damage. This important data evaluates the hurricane's overall impact and triggers the county's ability to apply for any federal assistance.

For more information on hurricane preparation and response, and the role OCPA plays in the process, download our Hurricane Planning Guide.

The 2019 State of Orange County Real Estate

On August 22, Orange County Property Appraiser, Rick Singh, addressed some 1,000 constituents at the 2019 State of Orange County Real Estate. The event was a big success!

Guests from around the county gathered to mingle with peers from various industries during the event's networking hour. The event offers an excellent opportunity for attendees to form new connections and catch up with colleagues.

Following the networking hour, guests filled the ballroom in anticipation of a compelling presentation and lively panel discussion. Topics included Orange County market data, technology, affordable housing, and new projects coming to the region.

The event kicked off with a presentation of colors by the Edgewater High School JROTC Color Guard and a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem by American Idol finalist and local celebrity Alyssa Raghu.

Rick Singh's presentation focused on new data about the county. He compared current data to numbers from 2012 - Singh's election year - when the county was just beginning to recover from the 2008 recession.

Moderated by Ryan Elijah, Fox 35 Anchor of Good Day Orlando and Host of Orlando Matters, the event transitioned from Rick Singh's presentation to a panel discussion featuring Mr. Singh and four industry experts: 

  • Dr. Jason Eichenholz, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Luminar Technologies 
  • Dr. Alesia Scott-Ford, Field Operations Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 
  • Jeff Fagan, President of Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association 
  • Fred Kittinger, Senior Associate Vice President for Government Relations at the University of Central Florida 

The guest panelists offered different perspectives on various regional issues and timely commentary on Orange County's challenges. 

New this year to SOCRE was the OCPA App. The App offered guests important information leading up to the event and provided an interactive forum during the event. In addition to an Activity Stream where guests could create posts with comments and photos, an interactive poll invited guests to participate in the panel discussion. Questions related to the discussion appeared on the screens in the ballroom and in the App, and guests were asked to choose answers which were relayed to the panel in real time.

Thank you to those who attended #SOCRE2019. It was truly a night to remember.

Pictured left to right: Ryan Elijah, Jeff Fagan, Dr. Alesia Scott-Ford, Rick Singh, CFA, Dr. Jason Eichenholz, and Fred Kittinger.

Coalition For The Homeless

In August, OCPA staff launched a campaign to gather school supplies for children living at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. It is rewarding for our team to serve these vulnerable residents of Orange County, and helping children succeed academically is extra special.

National Night Out Senior Safety Summit

OCPA staff participated in the National Night Out Senior Safety Summit, offering important property-related information to attendees. The team met with many constituents during the event and explained available money-saving benefits - like senior exemptions - to those who stopped by.

2019 Home And Garden Show

The OCPA team joined residents at the 2019 Home and Garden Show. The event lasted an entire weekend, and offered an excellent opportunity for residents to learn about property values, exemptions, and other services OCPA offers to taxpayers in Orange County.

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