Mission

Vision

Curry Ford West exists to provide residents and businesses the opportunity to help beautify, connect, promote and improve our district.

Curry Ford West will connect residents and business owners to cultivate genuine community and stimulate local businesses.

 
 

Our 2021 - 2022 Board

SARAH SHOULAK

SARAH SHOULAK

Executive Director

Neighborhood Resident & Local Artist

RETT POLACHEK

RETT POLACHEK

Board Secretary

Neighborhood Champion & Archery Instructor

YURI ALMONTE

YURI ALMONTE

Organization Committee Chair

Neighborhood Resident & Owner, Real Estate by Yuri

TERRY GOODIN

TERRY GOODIN

Liaison to the Board

City of Orlando Economic Development Department

CHRIS THALASINOS

CHRIS THALASINOS

Board Member

Neighborhood Resident

RYAN WALKER

RYAN WALKER

Board Member

Neighborhood Resident & Lead Pastor at CrossPointe

KATHRYN SMITH

KATHRYN SMITH

Board Member

Neighborhood Champion & Owner, Due Diligence & Property Development

VAL VAZQUEZ

VAL VAZQUEZ

2021 - 2022 Board President

Neighborhood Resident & Lake Como School Teacher

TAYLOR GONZALEZ

TAYLOR GONZALEZ

2021 - 2022 Board Treasurer

Neighborhood Resident

ERICA ANDRE

ERICA ANDRE

Economic Vitality Committee Chair

Neighborhood Resident, Boone Alumni, & Broker Associate

NICOLE SCHMITT

NICOLE SCHMITT

Board Member & Vendor Coordinator

Neighborhood Resident & Owner, Just Pie Orlando

MANUELA MAYORGA

MANUELA MAYORGA

Board Member

Neighborhood Champion & Owner, Macraft Designs

SUSAN KELLY

SUSAN KELLY

Board Member

Neighborhood Champion & Owner, The Vintage Chair

EMILIE MENENDEZ

EMILIE MENENDEZ

Board Member

Neighborhood Champion & Executive Assistant at Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center

Open CFW Roles

Promotions Committee Chair

Oversees the Promotions Committee for Curry Ford West. Would work closely with the CFW Board as well as the other Committee Chairs.

An ideal Promotions Chair would be passionate about Marketing & Communications and have a desire to share what we're doing with our community, and the world. This is an energetic and creative position that should have a lot of freedom, but also supports other Committees and events.

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General Committee Member

Participates in Committee Meetings and potentially volunteers their time or talent, working closely with Committee Chairs.

An ideal Committee Member would be excited about getting involved in their community doing what they love and realize the commitment to help us reach our goals together. Volunteers can join the committee that most appeals to them!

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JOIN US

We'd love to welcome motivated individuals to our Board of Directors and look forward to growing this district because of generous volunteers like you. There's a lot that goes unsaid, but we always want to start with, "Thank you."

Email [email protected] to discuss what Board Membership looks like for you.

 
 

Orlando Main Streets and Main Street America

Recognizing the important role neighborhood commercial districts play in the overall health of the City’s neighborhoods, in 2008 Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council created Orlando Main Streets. With annual financial support, technical assistance and intensive training from the City of Orlando, Orlando Main Street Districts create, define and strengthen our commercial districts in the City.

Each District creates an individual work plan envisioned and implemented by a nonprofit Board of Directors. Orlando Main Streets serve as the economic backbone for the City’s existing neighborhoods.

Orlando Main Street Districts receive technical assistance and training in the Main Street Four Point™ approach from Orlando Main Streets and Main Street America. In turn, each Main Street organization hires a full time Executive Director, raises matching funds, incorporates its organization and implements its programs according to an annual work plan.

Learn more about the City of Orlando’s Main Street program at orlandomainstreets.com.

As a Main Street America Affiliate™, Curry Ford West, Inc. is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

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THE HISTORY

Naming Curry Ford Road

Curry Ford Road was named after the Curry family, one of the early notable homesteaders in the Orlando area. Little is known about the Curry family except the fact that they owned land 25 miles east of  Orlando, where the Econlockhatchee River flowed. In order to cross toward the east coast of Florida, travelers would have to “ford” the river. Hence the name, Curry Ford.

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Naming the Neighborhoods

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The Conway area was first settled by the British in the 1880's to the 1890's with the hopes of financial gains by investing in the citrus industry. British newspapers touted the lives of the gentlemen orange growers in Florida and convincingly marketed this area as a land to grow personal wealth. With as little as $1 per acre, the British investors were told that once the orange trees reached maturity, they could profit approximately $10,000 annually. The ads were effective and led to an influx of British settlers seeking their fortunes. This population boom could explain why neighborhoods and streets in this area have English, Scottish, and Welsh names such as: Dover, Newcastle, Marscastle, Wessex, Essex, Dunsany, Pickfair, Berwyn, Devonshire, etc.

Curry Ford West Trivia

Briercliff Road, Curry Ford Road, and Conway were some of the first roads in Orlando to be paved for ease in transportation during the 1890's.

 
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