Economic Development Partners

The Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC) is a private, non-profit community-based membership organization with 150 member companies. Their goal is to create jobs by promoting industry expansion in Lakeland. The organization offers resources for real estate and relocation assistance to existing companies and new industries.
The Winter Haven Economic Development Council (WHEDC) was formed to sustain and promote economic growth in the greater Winter Haven area. The non-profit organization strives to create jobs through business expansion and business recruitment.
The mission of the Haines City Economic Development Council (HCEDC) is to build a diverse business economy through collaboration with government, investors, educational and economic development partners.
The Lake Wales Economic Development Council (LWEDC) was established to focus on improving the city’s appearance while delivering safety, health and welfare to the citizens of Lake Wales.
Enterprise Florida is the principal economic development organization for the sunshine state. Their main focus is facilitating job growth for Florida through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses.
The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) is the professional association of economic, workforce and community developers who work in the state’s 67 counties. The organization strives to lead and advance EDC professionals as well as economic development in Florida. Its members are among the highest credentialed professionals in economic development.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization with a mission to assist economic developers raise the profile of the profession. The IEDC is the world’s largest membership organization serving the economic development profession.

Local Partners

Established in 2003, Polk Vision is a community-led partnership of organizations, businesses, government and individuals who collaborate to ensure implementation of Polk County’s community vision. Polk Vision strives to make Polk County a great place to call home.
CareerSource Polk is a dedicated workforce development agency serving Central Florida. Committed to building and sustaining a skilled workforce, CareerSource Polk offers assistance to both job creators and job seekers by connecting employers with qualified talent and assisting job seekers in finding career opportunities.
Polk Arts Alliance is the designated Local Arts Agency for Polk County, Florida. As such, PAA advocates for all the Cultural Arts Organizations in Polk County and promotes the impact of the Cultural Arts Sector as integral to the quality-of-life in our county. Polk Arts Alliance actively represents Polk County’s arts and cultural interests to agencies, governments, chambers of commerce and the business community on a national, state and local level.
With manufacturing a key contributor to both the local and national economy, the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Alliance of Mid Florida (MSCA) seeks opportunities for collaboration to overcome the challenges presented to manufacturers.
The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at University of South Florida assists existing and emerging businesses in Polk county, through no-cost confidential business consulting, information, and low-cost training. Consultant expertise focuses on areas that are vital to owning and operating a successful business, including: strategic market research; market expansion and revenue growth; business and strategic plan development; access to capital and loan packaging assistance; financial analysis and assessment; accounting systems and financial literacy; feasibility analysis and start-up assistance.

Regional Partners

The Tampa Bay Partnership galvanizes the region’s most visionary, influential and engaged business leaders, along with a diverse group of community stakeholders, to identify and address the critical economic issues impacting Tampa Bay.
The Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) is a new organization formed from the merger of the Orlando Economic Partnership and the Orlando Economic Development Commission. The Partnership works to provide the Orlando region with quality jobs, economic growth, broad-based prosperity and a sustainable quality of life.
For 40 years, the Central Florida Regional Planning Council (CFRPC) has provided support to Central Florida residents, seeking ways to improve their quality of life. The CFRPC focuses on regional planning issues in Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Desoto and Okeechobee counties.
The Florida High Tech Corridor is a technology rich region stretching across 23 counties. Led by a Council, a strategic partnership between the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, its mission is to stimulate economic growth in high tech industries through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.
With a mission to lead the state to a new and sustainable economy, the Florida Chamber of Commerce has fought for free enterprise and worked to secure Florida’s future for nearly 100 years.
The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center is a free web portal designed to connect entrepreneurs with business support organizations, programs and service providers who can support their new or growing business.