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Success Stories

Saddle Creek Delivers What You Need

Saddle Creek Logistics Services prides itself on 52 years of serving Polk County and Central Florida’s needs, whether transportation, warehousing or supply chain related. The family-owned company that started with 12,000-square-feet of warehouse space now owns locations from the Northeast to California and south to its headquarters in Lakeland. The company focuses on four areas: […]

Polk trade alliance returns from Farnborough with new relationships

If Polk County wants to play on the world stage, it has to think globally. And that’s exactly what’s happening as part of the Central Florida Development Council’s Polk Global Trade Alliance initiative. About a year old, the alliance “aspires to be the prime catalyst for the growth of international trade in Central Florida, and […]

Southeastern University Staff Selected for Study in Spain Workshop

Southeastern University’s Rachel Roskoski, coordinator of Study Abroad, was selected earlier this spring to participate in the semiannual Study in Spain Workshop hosted by EduEspañia and ICEX Españia Exportación e Inversiones. Over the past two years, Roskoski has participated in the Polk Global Trade Alliance (PGTA), an initiative of the Central Florida Development Council. The […]

Catching Up with the Bus: Mass Transit in Polk County

As Polk County continues to grow, so does the need for a mass transit system that can transport people where they need to go while also reducing traffic on already crowded roads. The county and its 17 municipalities look to Tom Phillips, Executive Director of Citrus Connection, to keep track of the day-to-day operations while […]

CFDC promotion in Delta’s Sky magazine puts focus on Polk County

From tourism and energy to logistics and aviation, Polk County is perfectly situated along the high-tech Interstate 4 corridor to reap the benefits of continued growth not only here, but in surrounding counties and the state. Delta’s Sky magazine highlighted Florida and the Sunshine State’s growth in its May 2018 edition, and the Central Florida […]

Three reasons why Nucor is building in Polk County

The Central Florida Development Council rolled out the welcome mat for Nucor Steel Florida, and Polk County’s newest employer. Leaders from the steel manufacturing giant showed up to discuss their project with CFDC investors and community members. Hosting the June 21, 2018 event at Polk State’s Corporate College in Bartow, PSC President Angela Garcia-Falconetti welcomed […]

Meet the Project to find out more about Polk’s newest employer Nucor

Interested in knowing more about Nucor and why it chose Polk County, Florida to build a new “micro” mill here? The CFDC is hosting a “Meet the Project” session for the public from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Polk State Corporate College at the Polk State Clear Springs Advanced Technology […]

Agritourism a Growing Business in Polk County

Agritourism is one of the hottest new draws in Polk County and Florida, and for good reason. Families and businesses that make their living off the land are being creative in opening up their farms and ranches to the general public, attracting guests and adding to their bottom line at the same time. The agribusiness […]

Four Reasons Workforce Education is Important in Polk County

“The Polk County School District’s workforce education programs offer countless and invaluable benefits to our students,” said Marc Hutek, assistant superintendent of career, technical, adult and multiple pathways. “Through these programs, students are introduced to potential careers, they begin building skills and earning certifications, and they participate in numerous experiential opportunities, all of which help them […]

Four Ways Southeastern University Contributes to the Arts in Polk County

People who think outside the box often are contagious, possessing the ability to transform their ideas into actions because others want to follow and help. Dr. Craig Collins, dean of the College of Arts & Media at Southeastern University, is one of those type people, constantly finding ways to elevate the image of the Lakeland […]