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.

LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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On behalf of Curry Ford West and their talented volunteer board, I would personally like to welcome you to our district. This team's deep roots and passion for its community is the driving force behind the initiatives and beautification we're planning in 2022, and beyond.

 

I encourage everyone - Orlandonians and tourists - to come out and support your local businesses and get involved in all the exciting things happening around our little slice of heaven.

We'll see you out West. 👋

SARAH SHOULAK

 
 

Our 2021 - 2022 Board

VAL VAZQUEZ

VAL VAZQUEZ

President

Neighborhood Resident & Lake Como School Teacher

DANIELLE CLARK

DANIELLE CLARK

Treasurer & Organization Committee Chair

Neighborhood Champion

CHRIS THALASINOS

CHRIS THALASINOS

Board Member

Neighborhood Resident

ALICIA SPEARS

ALICIA SPEARS

Vice President & Economic Vitality Committee Chair

Neighborhood Resident & Owner, Alicia Spears Realty

RETT POLACHEK

RETT POLACHEK

Board Secretary

Neighborhood Champion & Archery Instructor

MEGAN BARROW

MEGAN BARROW

Liaison to the Board

City of Orlando Economic Development Department

Open Board Positions

General Board Member

Participates in Board Meetings and potentially serves on Committees, working closely with Committee Chairs.

An ideal Board Member would be excited about getting involved in their community organization and realize the commitment to help us reach our goals together.

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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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Design Committee Chair

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

An ideal Design Chair would be passionate about creative processes and have a desire to leave this place better than when we got here. This is a caring, yet calculated position that should have a lot of freedom, but also supports other Committees and events.

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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 director@curryfordwest.com to discuss what Board Membership looks like for you.

 
 

Upcoming Meetings

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Board Meeting

TUESDAY

Dec. 14

6 - 7 PM

Levitating Books

Board Evaluation

TUESDAY

Jan. 25th

6 - 7 PM

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Committees Mtg.

TUESDAY

Jan. 4th

6 - 7 PM

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Committees Mtg.

TUESDAY

Feb. 1st

6 - 7 PM

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Board Meeting

TUESDAY

Jan. 18th

6 - 7 PM

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Board Meeting

TUESDAY

Feb. 15th

6 - 7 PM

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Committee Meetings

The Committee Chairs for Curry Ford West will meet monthly on the first Tuesday of the month, unless adjusted to account for holidays or other scheduling conflicts (like school breaks, etc.). 

Attendees will receive an agenda up to 10 days prior and will be able to bring new business to the Committees' attention. These meetings are open to the public with prior notice so that we can leave time for the number of intended attendees. The Board President will also attend these meetings to facilitate.

Committee subjects include:

  • Design - supporting transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that sets Curry Ford West apart.

  • Economic Vitality - focusing on capital, incentives, and other economic and financial tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyzing property development, and creating a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive Curry Ford West's economic growth.

  • Organization - creating a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, including cultivating partnerships, community involvement, and resources for the district.

  • Promotions - positions Curry Ford West as the center of the community and hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics.

Board Meetings

The Board of Directors for Curry Ford West will meet monthly on the third Tuesday of the month, unless adjusted to account for holidays or other scheduling conflicts (like school breaks, etc.). 

Attendees will receive an agenda up to 10 days prior and will be able to bring new business to the Board's attention. These meetings are open to the public with prior notice so that we can leave time for the number of intended attendees. 

Town Hall Sessions

Members of the Board of Directors for Curry Ford West will hold occasional Town Hall Sessions to gather requests and opinions from the residents and business owners of the district. 

Dates for 2022 Town Hall Sessions will be released shortly. 

To be added to out mailing list to be sure to receive invites to these events, please email info@curryfordwest.com.

 

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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