Downtown Orlando is the economic engine driving Central Florida’s economy. The vibrant metropolitan area offers growing residential, retail, and commercial development. Hear from Thomas C. Chatmon Jr., Executive Director of Orlando’s Downtown Development Board (DDB) and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), as he presents on downtown projects proposed and in-progress including residential units, office space, retail space, and more.
○ 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Registration / Open Networking
○ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch / Featured Program
○ Members: $40 ○ Non-Members: $55 ○ On-site: $60
Thomas C. Chatmon Jr.
Executive Director, Orlando’s Downtown Development Board (DDB) and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
Since joining the City of Orlando in 2007 as Executive Director of the Downtown Development Board (DDB) and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Thomas Chatmon oversees economic development, retail and business recruitment, marketing and special events programming, and housing development within the downtown CRA area. He has played an integral role in achieving some of downtown Orlando’s premier developments, including Church Street Plaza, Citi Tower, Marriott Orlando Downtown, Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Chase Plaza, 55 West, SunRail, and more.
Currently, Thomas serves on the Homeless Services Network Board as Chair and the Canvs/FireSpring Fund/Starter Studio Board. He has served as past chair of the International Downtown Association (IDA) and has served on various community boards including past chair of Nap Ford Community School, MyRegion.org, WMFE Community Advisory Board, and the Central Florida Urban League Board.
A native of Albany, GA, Thomas has been named in Georgia Trend magazine’s annual list of 100 Most Influential Georgians and has received numerous other distinguished awards such as the Martin Luther King Celebration Leadership Award and the Leadership Albany Outstanding Alumni Award. Thomas has been honored as one of Orlando Business Journal’s 10 Businessmen to Watch and Orlando Magazine named him as one of Orlando’s 50 Most Powerful People. A proud graduate of Morehouse College, Thomas and his wife, Brenetta, live in downtown Orlando.