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Success Stories

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 […]

Six Reasons LRH’s Women and Children’s Pavilion is Important for Polk County

When the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children at Lakeland Regional Health starts caring for patients and their families June 15, all of Polk County should take notice. Not often does a medical center embark on such an ambitious project, the largest in its history. The $275 million expansion features eight floors, 350,000 square […]

Robotics Students Feed the Talent Pipeline

Polk robotics students learn real-world skills in preparation for technology careers At Winter Haven High School’s Technobotics Academy, students are building real world skills they can use in technology-related jobs — jobs that are on the rise in the area as the result of strategic Polk County economic development efforts. They study mechanical engineering, computer […]

Nucor to Build Steel Micro Mill in Polk County

The Central Florida Development Council and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners is excited to announce that Nucor Corporation has selected Polk County as the Florida location for their latest steel micro mill. Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced that it will build a rebar micro mill in Frostproof, Florida, which is located in Polk […]

ArrMaz Opens Technologically Advanced Research & Development Facility

Mulberry, Florida – On January 18th, ArrMaz celebrated the opening of its new, state-of-the-art ArrMaz Innovation Center. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted by the Central Florida Development Council with Commissioner Todd Dantzler, Chairman of the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, and key community and business leaders in attendance. The completion of the ArrMaz Innovation […]

Florida Trend Profiles Polk County’s Economic Evolution

From healthcare and tourism to advanced manufacturing and logistics, nearly every major industry in Polk County has benefitted from a steady wave of economic and commercial development that has sparked the start of a new era for the central Florida community. “Polk County, in recent years, has steered a course that marries a laid-back, friendly […]

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 […]