Buddy Dyer has served as Mayor of the City of Orlando since 2003, and from his first day in office, he has worked tirelessly to advance the community’s shared vision for Orlando as America’s 21st Century City.
Under Mayor Dyer’s leadership and through strategic investments, Orlando is one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities and is the most visited destination in the country, hosting more than 72 million visitors each year. Mayor Dyer has defined Orlando as America’s new home for inclusiveness, opportunity and quality of life, with a strong focus on innovation, transportation, sustainability and government efficiency.
Committed to Inclusiveness
Mayor Dyer helped the community unite and heal following the June 12, 2016 Pulse tragedy that took the lives of 49 people and injured more than 50, vowing that Orlando would not be defined by one hateful act, but instead by responding with love and compassion. The unity was on display in the hours after the tragedy when residents waited for hours to donate blood, and later at vigils and memorials and as millions of dollars were raised to support victims’ families and survivors through the OneOrlando Fund.
Throughout his tenure as Mayor, he has ensured that Orlando is a city that embraces diversity, promotes fairness and equality and is a welcoming, multicultural community. Following Hurricane Maria, he helped lead the region’s efforts to provide assistance to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and also welcome newcomers to Orlando. In 2015, Mayor Dyer presided at the historic Vowed and Proud wedding ceremony at City Hall when 44 same-sex couples were married.
Orlando’s longest-serving mayor, Mayor Dyer is dedicated to celebrating the community’s diversity throughout the year at annual cultural events, and also through workshops to foster ongoing engagement and conversation between residents and the City to further a culture of acceptability and understanding.