Helping Polk Prosper

The Central Florida Development Council (CFDC) is Polk County’s Economic Development Partnership as designated by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.

The mission of the CFDC is to grow an economy based on high-skill, high-wage sustainable businesses. We focus on domestic and international business recruitment and expansion, business advocacy, facilitating collaborative partnerships and advancing strategic initiatives in Central Florida’s Polk County.

The vision of the CFDC is to develop an economically prosperous community that attracts and retains quality businesses with high-paying careers and educates and retains quality talent to align with targeted industry workforce needs.

The organizational pillars of the CFDC:

  1. Promote Polk County as Florida’s best place for business
  2. Advocate for key business issues
  3. Facilitate collaborative partnerships
  4. Advance strategic initiatives

Originally incorporated in 1986, The CFDC became a newly refreshed private not-for-profit organization October 1, 2015 through a partnership with the Polk County Board of County Commissioners and the private sector business community.

To learn more about the history of the organization, click here.

If you’d like to learn more about what we do or are interested in becoming an investor member, click here for more information.

Let us help you turn your big picture vision into a reality.

Existing Business Program
Existing Business Program

New to the area, or to the CFDC? Let’s talk. We’d love to get the full download on your business firsthand so we can help you grow and thrive.

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CFDC Staff

Meet our incredible team of movers and shakers dedicated to helping you and your business find long-term success.

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CFDC Board of Directors

Community leaders, business mentors and economic development pros ushering Polk County into a more prosperous future.

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