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Walmart Opens First Florida e-Commerce Fulfillment Center in Polk County

Florida Governor Rick Scott, Walmart officials, Polk community leaders and Central Florida Development Council (CFDC) staff attended the grand opening of Walmart’s new e-commerce fulfillment center in Davenport, FL, a massive, state-of-the-art facility that is estimated to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Polk County. The new facility will house millions of items dedicated to […]

Polk County Business ArrMaz Expanding

Recently featured in the Business Observer, Polk County, Florida company ArrMaz continues to expand its business from a local startup to global leader in specialty chemicals for a variety of high-skill, higher-wage industries — from mining, fertilizer and asphalt to oil and gas. The Central Florida Development Council and the Polk County Board of County […]

Governor Scott Announces New $85M Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

Governor Rick Scott announced Enterprise Florida and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) are accepting economic development project proposals for the new $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. Economic development projects that enhance community infrastructure or develop workforce training programs are eligible to receive funding. To find out more information about the grant […]

GrowFL Announces 2017 Florida Companies to Watch Finalists

Madrid Engineering Group, Inc. Among Second-Stage Businesses Competing to Earn Prestigious Honor (Bartow, Fla.) Madrid Engineering Group, Inc. was among the first round of 2017 Florida Companies to Watch finalists recently announced by GrowFL. The awards event – now in its seventh year – honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing […]

Boosting International Trade in Polk

The PGTA and its director of Business Development, Javier Marin, seek to expand Polk County business growth on a global scale The doors of opportunity are open to international trade in Lakeland, Winter Haven and the greater Polk County Area, and the Polk Global Trade Alliance (PGTA), a component of the county’s economic development engine, […]

CFDC Holds Agriculture Industry Breakfast for Community Leaders

In Polk County, the agriculture industry remains one of our most important economic drivers. To highlight this valuable industry, business and community leaders gathered at the Central Florida Development Council’s Agriculture Industry Breakfast to discuss the promising future of agriculture. During the breakfast, a panel of industry experts answered key questions and discussed future trends. […]

CFDC Surveying Polk County Companies on their International Trade Goals

The Central Florida Development Council (CFDC), through its Polk Global Trade Alliance initiative, is launching a survey on May 9th to assess the needs of current and potential international importers and exporters in Polk County, Florida. The purpose of the survey is to gain insight from companies with current global trade operations, those contemplating global trade, […]

Wauchula State Bank Serves Large and Growing Polk Clientele

Wauchula State Bank in Hardee County doesn’t yet have a physical presence in Polk County, but what it does have is a large and growing Polk clientele and a company leadership that wants to serve those customers very well. Better service for their Florida neighbors to the north is best achieved, the bank’s executives say, […]

Bartow Regional Medical Center Ranks High in Patient Satifcation

When Phil Minden came to Polk County in January 2013 to oversee the operations of Bartow Regional Medical Center, he didn’t need to be convinced that the hospital should partner with the Central Florida Development Council. The convincing actually came during his previous post as an administrator at Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City. […]

City of Lakeland Reports Explosive Job Growth

Real job growth is happening in Lakeland, as indicated by Polk County’s steadily falling unemployment rate, but pinning down the jobs number for Polk’s largest city involves “a lot of moving pieces,” says Jason Willey, the city of Lakeland’s business development manager. What animates Willey are the job numbers he can pin down — and […]