In her fourth and final State of the County address before she's up for re-election,
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs focused on an improving job market in the area and the many projects approved while she's been in office.
From SunRail, to a new major league soccer stadium, and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Jacobs talked about these major projects that will continue to draw millions to Orlando. It was a message of transformation and what the future of Orange County would look like if she's re-elected.
“All of those are huge, but the fact that they are happening all together within a two to three window is nothing short of remarkable,” said Jacobs.
But she started off her address by talking about the state of the economy.
“Since being elected since 2010 we have experienced a dramatic decline in Orange County's unemployment rate from 11.3 percent percent to 5.3 percent," she said.
Jacobs then discussed tourism telling a packed crowd that this was the third year of exceeding the national record, bringing more than 59 million visitors to Orlando.
After the speech, she addressed her role on the expressway authority board and the recent scandal involving other members of the board.
“I'm so glad we are going to have a new regional transportation authority,” says Jacobs.“I have long believed we need elected officials serving on the board like LYNX to make it more accountable.”
But she also says there was still major work to do in the areas of crime, homelessness, and rising domestic violence rates.
Jacobs' toughest opponent, Val Demings dropped out of the mayoral race last month, but she still faces two more opponents. Voters will have the chance to decide if she'll keep her job on August 26th, the date of the mayoral primary.