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WUCF TV explores Downtown Orlando UCF Campus plans on Metro Center Outlook

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Downtown Orlando revitalization; It’s been the number one priority since Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer took office 11 years ago.  This week on Metro Center Outlook, host Dr. Diane Trees sits down with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and University of Central Florida President Dr. John Hitt to find out how recently announced plans to move entire UCF programs to downtown Orlando is a key part of the revitalization efforts.

“It’s a very unique time in the history of Orlando, everything is so active and we’ve had an opportunity to really create the foundation for a great downtown and a great community,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. 

Last month, UCF President John Hitt announced plans to create a downtown Orlando campus, which could eventually be the home of more than 10,000 UCF and Valencia College students. Plans for UCF Downtown are contingent upon receiving the necessary approvals and state funding.

“I think this is the biggest opportunity we face since the medical college,” said President Hitt.  “This could a real game changer for downtown Orlando and it could give us a very unusual advantage, if you will, in terms of education we can offer to our students and professional opportunities we can offer to our faculty members.”

Metro Center Outlook airs each Sunday on WUCF TV at 9 a.m. 

About Metro Center Outlook

Hosted by Diane Trees, director of the Metropolitan Center for Regional Studies at UCF, WUCF TV's Metro Center Outlook serves as a forum for government leaders, business executives and academic experts to discuss major issues facing Florida. The program gives Central Florida PBS viewers a front-row seat for discussions about government, education and more.