1 - Buddy Dyer

The mayor of Orlando is here because of one word: vision. There are many people responsible for downtown Orlando's burgeoning skyline and the venues. But panelists credit Dyer, 50, with having the vision and fortitude to make it all happen. Still, it won't come free. And with the economy reeling, Dyer may be in for a gut check as he struggles to find ways to pay for the big buildings and the street-level services that residents need, such as cops and transportation. So far, Dyer has found a way to make things happen. But the coming year could be the ultimate test — for him and many others on this list.
Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel
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