Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer talks EA sports move, job growth downtown

Dyer delivered his annual State of Downtown address Wednesday

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer gave his annual update on the state of downtown Wednesday afternoon, highlighting changes, including one of the largest video gaming companies in the world moving into downtown.

According to a city news release, "Dyer will reflect on the continued revitalization of downtown Orlando and Parramore, sharing plans and advancements for the community in affordable housing, education, enhancing quality of life and furthering opportunity for all."

The State of Downtown address has been a tradition since 1982, according to the city, and is a fundraising event for Downtown Orlando Partnership.

During his remarks, Dyer talked about the video game company, Electronic Arts, moving its headquarters from Maitland to downtown Orlando. The video game giant, that has developed games such as Madden NFL, will bring 700 new jobs to the area with the potential for 1,000 jobs of more by 2025, according to the economic development incentive agreement with the city.

"Right here, right now, we are excited to announce that Electronic Arts is going to put the Creative in our Creative Village," Dyer said. "We are partnering with Electronic Arts to relocate their state headquarters to Downtown Orlando."

According to the agreement, EA plans to design and build a 180,000-square-foot building, parking garage and outdoor plaza within Downtown Orlando's Creative Village.

Dyer also spoke about the city's minimum wage. Orlando is following the footsteps of businesses increasing the city employee minimum wage to $15 over three years.

Dyer's remarks began at 3:30 p.m. Watch his full remarks below.

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Posted by News 6 WKMG / ClickOrlando on Wednesday, October 2, 2019