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Success Stories

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 […]

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 […]

Florida Power and Light Plans New Natural Gas Pipeline Project

Sometime in 2017, billions of cubic feet of natural gas will begin flowing from the middle of Alabama to southeast Florida, and the path with take it directly through Polk County in an underground, 600-foot-wide corridor. Polk is key in the construction of two major pipelines, costing about $3.5 billion combined that will supply the […]