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The Polk County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) was established as a unit of government nominated by the Board of County Commissioners to administer a program that allows companies to borrow money free of income tax through Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs). The IDA is responsible for the sound planning and development of Polk County, its industry, commerce and business. 



Ben Hill Griffin, Inc. is a Frostproof, Florida based private citrus producer and cattle company with 10,000 acres of citrus groves and 85,000 acres of ranch land in Central Florida.
Florida Polytechnic University is a public state university in Lakeland, Florida. It is the newest institution of the State University System of Florida, and is the state's only public polytechnic university. Florida Poly welcomed its inaugural class in August 2014.
LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park in Winter Haven dedicated to families with children ages 2-12. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND is a key player in Central Florida’s tourism industry.
SEMCO is a family-owned, full-service construction firm located in Bartow, Florida. Established in 1975, the firm has completed more than 7,000 construction projects in Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Pinellas, Osceola and Orange counties.


Southeastern University is a Christian liberal arts university in Lakeland, Florida with more than 70 academic programs in a range of fields, including education, business, ministry, the arts, and health care. Named one of the fastest-growing liberal arts universities in the nation, SEU continues to add new faculty and facilities to its Lakeland campus, including a new football stadium and multiple new academic buildings.

Founded in 1920, Citizens Bank & Trust is a family owned bank and Polk County's oldest bank still in existence.  Citizens Bank has thrived for over 95 years in the community with the principles of stability, commitment, and conservative values.  They provide customers with high quality financial products and superior customer service throughout their 12 locations in Polk County, Florida.

Public transit in Polk County is provided by the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District, operating as Citrus Connection, which includes all public transportation within the County including Winter Haven Area Transit, rural routes servicing Bartow, Fort Meade and Frostproof, as well as all paratransit service. Citrus Connection brings a top quality transit system under one simplified banner across Polk County.
CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) is a national professional services firm with local offices in Winter Haven, Florida. With more than 50 years of experience, CLA delivers industry-specific wealth advisory services that help businesses and organizations create new opportunities for growth.
Clark/Nikdel/Powell is a full-service advertising agency with offices in Winter Haven and Orlando. Family-owned and operated for more than 20 years, their clients include many well-known Central Florida institutions, such as MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, the Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Department of Citrus.
The Drummond Company is a Birmingham, Alabama-based company offering a diverse portfolio of service ranging from the manufacturing of coal products to real estate development. Their real estate branch specializes in building master planned communities, including the Oakbridge and Grasslands development in Lakeland, Florida.

Duke Energy is a Charlotte, North Carolina-based electric utility company that provides affordable, reliable and clean electric and gas services to nearly seven million customers. With more than 57,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest, Carolinas and Florida, Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the U.S.

KSY Group of companies, headquartered in Kent – UK, represents a premium partner for citrus juices sourced from all over the world. Being a highly dynamic and a continuously evolving group of superior quality industrial juice, participates in two citrus farming companies in Greece, obtains juice producing factories in Greece and Egypt, blending stations in Greece and Holland and holds producing affiliations in Spain and in Florida USA, as well as commercial subsidiaries in UK, Holland, Korea and USA such as Pure and Natural KSY USA Inc which is focused in processing on US ground high premium quality juices and in commercializing them globally. 

Polk Education Pathways are post-secondary education centers providing adult students a road to success.  With campuses at Traviss Career Center in Lakeland and Ridge Career Center in Winter Haven, these technical programs put affordable education in reach and provide students with practical, real world educational experiences to prepare them for successful careers in a variety of disciplines.
Polk State College is a public state college with campuses in Winter Haven, Lakeland and Lake Wales. Founded in 1964, the college serves more than 20,000 students with Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees as well as a wide range of certificate programs and workforce training options. Polk State also operates three charter high schools within the county. 
Saddle Creek Logistics Services is a Lakeland, Florida-based third-party logistics company providing warehousing, transportation, packaging and fulfillment services. They use a broad array of capabilities to deliver integrated solutions that support their customers’ business objectives. 
A-C-T Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc./American Compliance Technologies, Inc. is a multi-disciplined professional environmental sciences, engineering and field services firm located in Bartow, Florida.
Since 1932, Allen & Company has provided financial planning and wealth management services to the communities we serve. An employee-owned firm, Allen and Company places clients’ interests above all else, minimizes risk, and never loses sight of personalized service. Headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, with operations in Winter Haven and Viera, Allen & Company is Florida’s oldest investment firm.
Amec Foster Wheeler is one of the world’s leading engineering, project management and consultancy companies. With major operation centers based in the U.S. and the UK, Amec Foster Wheeler provides profitable, safe and sustainable services and projects for their customers in the oil and gas, mining, clean energy, environment and infrastructure markets.
Bartow Regional Medical Center is a 72-bed acute care medical facility serving South Lakeland, Bartow, Ft. Meade, Mulberry, rural south Polk County and northern Hardee County.  The hospital has four surgery suites and two gastroenterology suites, as well as a 24-hour emergency services department.
Bright House Networks is a privately-owned multi-channel video service and cable internet provider headquartered in Syracuse, New York. Founded in 2003, Bright House is the sixth-largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. Its largest market is the Tampa-Orlando area , where it also operates two regional local news channels.

CBC Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty, located in Lakeland, Florida, is Polk County’s premier commercial real estate firm that offers a local presence with national and global branding. Situated between Tampa and Orlando on the I-4 high-tech corridor, CBCSRD' s services include site selection, disposition, leasing, property management, real estate counseling services, acquisition, portfolio assortment plan, asset management, recapitalization, and development.

Central Florida Media Group is a publishing, advertising, and marketing company that helps companies generate leads, gain followers, and improve search engine rankings by developing relevant, interesting, timely, and entertaining content distributed across multiple channels. In particular, Central Florida Media Group helps clients connect with the key multi-billion dollar industries here in Central Florida.
Certigy is a human resources company with offices in Auburndale, Florida and Macon, Georgia. Certigy offers a suite of services, including payroll administration, workers compensation, unemployment management and employee leasing.
The Florida Southeast Connection is a natural gas pipeline that will be used to transport gas from central to southern Florida beginning in 2017. A leading electricity fuel source, natural gas accounts for nearly 68 percent of all electricity used by Floridians today. 
Florida Southern College is a private college serving more than 2,000 students. FSC offers 50 undergraduate degree tracks and pre-professional programs, and graduate programs in nursing, education and business. Florida Southern’s campus is situated on scenic Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, Florida, and features the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the country.
Folsom Construction, located in Lakeland, Florida, is a family-managed commercial construction firm. Their portfolio includes project categories such as office space, industrial warehouses, manufacturing & distribution centers, multifamily, senior living, municipal, healthcare, and interior buildouts.
The mission of the Haines City Economic Development Council (HCEDC) is to build and sustain a diverse and affluent economy by initiating/launching business investment and trade, and by leading the city’s efforts to encourage businesses to build, expand and relocate to Haines City.
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center is a 200-bed acute care facility in Davenport, FL offering a full spectrum of services supported by over 200 physicians representing various medical specialties.
JSK Consulting is an association of professional consultants offering a range of services in support of engineering, land planning and construction management. Located in Lakeland, Florida, JSK blends years of experience with technically advanced computer systems for timely, cost-effective results. 
Keiser University is one of Florida's largest independent career universities.  With a Polk County location in Lakeland, it provides hands on experience and small classes with day, evening, or online options to accommodate any student's schedule.
Lakeland Regional Health System (LRHS), the fifth-largest hospital in the state, has provided patients with medical services for nearly 100 years. The full-service medical center holds 851 beds and operates the busiest single-site emergency department in Florida.
Madrid Engineering is a Bartow, FL-based engineering company specializing in geotechnical and structural engineering, geologic sciences, materials science and evaluation and construction monitoring. With thousands of successfully completed projects, including foundation investigations, in their portfolio.
Grindley Williams Engineering, located in Lake Wales, Florida, is a State Certified MWBE engineering and geologic firm specializing in geotechnical evaluations, foundation design, geophysical surveys, and forensic structural engineering.
Mosaic is the world’s largest combined producer of phosphates and potash. With approximately 8,900 employees in eight countries, Mosaic participates in every aspect of crop nutrition development. Headquartered in Minnesota, Mosaic serves Central Florida from their Bowling Green, Florida office.

Peterson & Myers is a full-service law firm specializing in litigation, wills, trusts and estates, real estate, corporate transactions and healthcare. The firm provides clients with the resources and capabilities of a large firm with the personal touch of a smaller firm. Serving Polk County since 1948, Peterson and Myers has offices in Lakeland, Lake Wales and Winter Haven.

The Polk County Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization that has become the “Voice of Agriculture” for Polk County. Headquartered in Bartow, Florida, the Bureau has more than 4,800 members and is one of the largest county federations in the state.

Reiss Engineering is a civil and environmental engineering firm located in Winter Haven, Florida. Since 1998, Reiss has provided consulting engineering services to support public and private infrastructure management projects throughout the United States and the world. 

With locations in St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Orlando and New Smyrna Beach, Sage Land Group provides land brokerage services across Central Florida. With a combined 46 years of experience, the firm boasts diverse backgrounds including law, development, brokerage, appraisals, marketing, graphic design and sales.
Six/Ten, LLC is a Florida-based real estate, leasing and diversified investment company. Primarily focused on development in the Winter Haven area, the company also has interests in investment and technology firms. Formed in 1985, Six/Ten has many years of experience in the acquisition, development, ownership and management of a broad range of investments.
Spherion Staffing is a leading recruiting and staffing service providing temporary and permanent employment to more than 3,000 companies. Spherion Staffing specializes in a wide range of fields, including administrative, customer service, light industrial and non-clinical healthcare. With a branch in Lakeland, Spherion offers a local focus with national resources.
Tampa Electric (TECO) has energized much of West Central Florida for more than 100 years, reliably delivering power/electricity to homeowners and proudly powering commerce and industry.
The Ruthvens, Central Florida’s leading commercial warehouse specialists, are experts in industrial, manufacturing and distribution warehouse space totaling more than 3 million square feet. The family-owned and operated company has more than 80 buildings, including steel frame, block, stucco and concrete.

Wallis Murphey Boyington Architects is a full-service architectural firm that has offered clients quality, cost-effective solutions since 1980. Led by J. Michael Murphey and Steven J. Boyington, the Lakeland-based firm has extensive experience in neighborhood planning, local government offices, commercial retail offices and facilities and more.
Wauchula State Bank is a family-owned, locally managed community bank providing customers with personalized banking services since 1929. For nearly 20 years, Wauchula State Bank has consistently been named a “recommended bank” by Bauer Financial reports.

Known for its exceptional patient-centered care, Winter Haven Hospital offers Central Florida patients a comfortable environment with cutting edge treatments. Founded in 1926, the hospital is part of the BayCare health system, a leading community-based health system made up of 11 non-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and more than 200 access points located throughout Tampa Bay.
BBVA Compass is a leading U.S. banking franchise with operations throughout the Sunbelt region and it ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share. BBVA Compass has also been recognized as one of the nation’s leading Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders.
Ridge Professional Group, Inc. is a full service civil engineering and urban planning firm located in Lakeland, Florida. The firm assists clients through all aspects of the land development process, including planning, civil engineering permitting, and civil engineering design.
Broadway Real Estate Services is a full-service commercial real estate ownership, management, and brokerage company. The company owns and manages a large portfolio of Class A commercial real estate in Lakeland, Florida, with its core holdings in Downtown.  Broadway also sells and leases commercial real estate and consults for a wide range of clients, including landlords, tenants, individuals, investors, and institutions in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and the Greater Central Florida areas.
Hill Ward Henderson is a law firm based in Tampa, Florida that supports clients with a wide range of industries and services throughout the state. With over 100 attorneys and recognized leaders in their respective practices and the community, the firm provides clients with legal expertise across practices involving real estate and land use, litigation, corporate transactions and tax, construction, employment and labor, intellectual property, administrative and regulatory services, employee benefits, and trusts and estates.
Tucker/Hall is a leading public relations and public affairs firm in the Southeast.  For more than 25 years the firm has used innovative communications to produce measurable, positive change for clients ranging in size from Fortune 100 corporations to start-ups and non-profits. Tucker/Hall focuses on three practice areas – strategy, issues, and crisis – and uses in-depth research and analysis, including the latest in digital and social media technology to tailor its approach for each individual client.  
Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A. is a general business law firm in Lakeland, Florida. The firm’s attorneys provide expertise to business and individual clients in the following practice areas: Litigation, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, Elder Law and Medicaid Planning, Estate Planning, and Tax Law.  


Two Blue Aces consulting provides executive-level services focused on strategy reviews, business plan development, leadership and mentorship training, and finding solutions to improve clients’ performance.  Two Blue Aces offers  services to increase employees’ productivity as well as senior management's ability to handle change in the work environment.  The TBA team is available to support businesses, committees, boards of directors, or assemblies with consulting services or speaking engagements.
CenterState Bank is the second largest community bank in Florida with a branch network that covers the state of Florida from Jacksonville to the Keys. The bank’s holding company, CenterState Banks, Inc., is headquartered in Winter Haven, Florida, and the organization provides services in retail, small business, and corporate banking. CenterState Bank is publicly traded on the NASDAQ (CSFL) and is in select company as a publicly traded corporation headquartered in Polk County. 
Florida Public Utilities (FPU) has been providing propane and natural gas energy to homes and businesses throughout Florida since 1924. FPU currently provides natural gas, electricity, and propane gas service to growing residential, commercial, and industrial markets throughout Florida. Through its network of “Energy Partners,” FPU offers customers a wide array of services to help them install and maintain energy-efficient gas appliances in their homes and businesses. 
Adams Cold Storage, LLC (ACS) is a multi-temperature, rail-served, Third Party Logistics (3PL) provider located in Auburndale, Florida. The expanding facility incorporates the industry’s latest refrigeration and warehouse management technology, interior and exterior security, complete regulatory compliance, and a Management Team of associates representing more than 190 years in public warehousing, 3PL services, and customer satisfaction. 
Straughn & Turner, P.A. is a Winter Haven-based law firm that traces its roots in the community back to 1950. The firm serves clients in real estate, estate planning, and business transactions, while also litigating in the areas of transportation, banking, warehousing, employment, and commercial law. 
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