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2016 Russell Athletic Bowl

W E L C O M E L E T T E R S THE HONORABLE BUDDY DYER - MAYOR, CITY OF ORLANDO Greetings, As Mayor of the City of Orlando, it is my pleasure to welcome Russell Athletic Bowl players, coaches, teams and fans to “The City Beautiful.” We are honored to be the host for this exciting event year after year. For nearly 80 years, our community has celebrated big wins here at Camping World Stadium, from our first bowl game in 1947 to now being the only stadium in the country to host three college bowl games. We are proud the Russell Athletic Bowl calls Camping World Stadium home. Camping World Stadium is more than a state-of-the-art venue, it is an iconic gathering space, allowing the City to host a variety of entertainment, like this year’s ACC Football Championship and NFL Pro Bowl, for residents and drawing hundreds of thousands of people into Downtown Orlando. Underneath a skyline that has doubled in just the last ten years, our dynamic, bustling Downtown is the heart of our City Beautiful. Downtown Orlando is the economic engine driving the future of all of Central Florida’s economy. With residential, retail and commercial development; a diversified and thriving economy, our urban core is not only a hub for Central Florida, but for the entire State. Our vibrant Downtown is alive with fine dining, exciting night life, fabulous shopping, year-round outdoor activities, arts and culture, world-class venues, professional sports and abundant parks, including Orlando’s crown jewel, Lake Eola Park. Thank you for joining us for the Russell Athletic Bowl at Camping World Stadium. I hope you all have a memorable experience! Sincerely, Buddy Dyer Mayor THE HONORABLE TERESA JACOBS - MAYOR, ORANGE COUNTY Dear Friends, On behalf of the citizens of Orange County and the Board of County Commissioners, it is my sincere pleasure to extend a warm welcome to the participants, sponsors and fans attending the Russell Athletic Bowl. Orange County and the City of Orlando are honored to be a part of and host this much-anticipated event each year at Camping World Stadium. We are proud to welcome nationally renowned college football teams and their beloved fans to our home. Events like this add to the diversity and rich culture that our region not only takes pride in, for which it is well known As you enjoy your time in Central Florida, I encourage you to explore everything that our region has to offer. You will quickly discover why we continue to be the number one vacation destination in the world. With our beautiful “Florida sunshine” providing the backdrop, you can discover our exciting theme parks, great cities and towns, excellent shopping opportunities, fine dining, and relaxing parks and recreational amenities while experiencing superior hospitality and welcoming residents. These reasons, among many more, make Orange County a great place to live, work, and raise a family. I hope you enjoy all of the festivities that come with the Russell Athletic Bowl and wish much success to both participating teams. As always, we look forward to your return! Sincerely, Teresa Jacobs RICK SCOTT - GOVERNOR, STATE OF FLORIDA Dear College Football Fans: On behalf of the State of Florida, welcome to the Sunshine State and the Russell Athletic Bowl. Today’s game promises to be an exciting contest between two of the nation’s top conferences, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12 Conference. Getting to play football in a postseason bowl game requires a season of hard work and dedication. I offer my congratulations to the players, coaches, and staff of both teams for earning the opportunity to play in this year’s game. As you enjoy Central Florida’s numerous attractions, scenic beauty, and friendly businesses, I want to thank you for helping make Florida the world’s premier travel destination. I am proud to announce that Florida continues to set record breaking success by already welcoming 85 million visitors this year - the most visitors over the first nine months in our state’s history. We are also at a record high of over 1.2 million Floridians employed in our tourism industry and on pace to reach our goal of 115 million tourists by the end of the year. Our growing tourism industry is helping us meet our goal of becoming the best place in the world for jobs. By working to diversify our economy, we want to make Florida first for job creation so families have more opportunities in Florida than in any other state. We invite you to return to the Sunshine State often. Enjoy tonight’s game and a prosperous New Year! Sincerely, Rick Scott Governor 6 2 0 1 6 R U S S E L L AT H L E T I C B O W L


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