True growth means closing income gaps and benefitting all people in an equitable way.
So much of the conversation surrounding economic growth revolves around raw numbers and statistics, neglecting the people that our economy must serve. While Florida’s economy has boomed, many have been left behind.
Gender Wage Gap
Commissioner Wilson is committed to closing the wage gap between men and women in District 1. Through collaboration and partnership, Wilson is working to find solutions that allow greater economic access for women.
No economic growth can be considered successful if those at the bottom of the income distribution struggle to make ends meet. There is no reason that someone working full time should struggle to pay for rent, food, and other necessities with little to nothing left over for their savings. Commissioner Wilson is working to advocate for a livable minimum wage that benefits hard working people throughout the district.
Regardless of race, background, sexual orientation or gender identity, everyone deserves an equal opportunity to succeed. Commissioner Wilson is working to end workplace discrimination which hinders the advancement of minority groups and creates systematic economic oppression.
Funding Future Growth
Solving problems of inequality, pollution, and climate change cannot be achieved without innovation. That’s why Commissioner Wilson is proud that Orange County funds programs like the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program. This program provides the tools for young entrepreneurs to think outside of the box to find innovative solutions around which to build their businesses, and continues providing support even after initial launch.
Seven Incubator facilities supporting 135+ current clients • 300+ graduates with 85% of them staying in Metro Orlando • For March 2020 – March 2021 in the midst of Covid, current clients • Sustained 1024 direct jobs • Secured $114.7M in revenue, grants and investment • Only five clients left the program • Economic Impact study for FY17-FY18, current clients and graduates • Sustained over 6,725 direct & indirect jobs • Had over $725M in regional GDP • Had over $1.3 B in regional sales • The Incubation Program generated a return of over $12 for every $1 of public funding invested
Second Harvest Food Bank aims to close the need gap in Central Florida by feeding, empowering, and nourishing those in need of support. Second Harvest is not just a food bank – it supports Central Florida community members by providing job opportunities and occupational training to at risk adults, as well disaster relief and children’s programs.
Community Action Board
Commissioner Wilson is proud to serve on Orange County’s Community Action Board under the Children and Family Services Department. In her capacity as a board member, Commissioner Wilson advocates for Orange County’s most vulnerable citizens and ensures that their voice is heard.