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Polk County Leaders Honored for Their Work

Polk County’s leaders were well represented in Florida Trend’s Florida 500, a comprehensive list the magazine develops of the state’s most influential business leaders. This year, 15 people from Polk County landed on the list. Florida Trend develops the list “using broad economic categories from the U.S. Department of Commerce, with the number of influentials […]

Polk County Has a lot to Brag About Following World Space Week

The aerospace world has changed dramatically since NASA stopped using the space shuttle to ferry astronauts, supplies and satellites to orbit in July 2011. Companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are now filling the void, but NASA remains active as it plans to send the first Artemis mission to the moon and launch a new […]

Incoming CFDC Chair Will Lead With a Collaborative Spirit

Incoming Central Florida Development Council Chairman of the Board Bart Allen brings a new perspective to the organization, one that he hopes will keep the CFDC building upon the successes of the past few years and moving forward. Allen is a lawyer specializing in land use and environmental law at Peterson & Myers in Lakeland. […]

Focus on Manufacturing Shows its Importance

With a focus on high-skill, high-wage jobs along the critical Interstate 4 corridor in Central Florida, advanced manufacturers are finding their way to Polk County. And many more are inquiring about locating here. So far this year, the Central Florida Development Council has closed seven projects, four of which are manufacturing. In addition, advanced manufacturing […]

Nucor Steel & Springer Construction Receive CFDC Business Awards

Polk County Newcomer Nucor Steel Florida and 34-year staple Springer Construction received the Central Florida Development Council’s most prestigious awards at its annual meeting on September 30. The county’s economic development agency also honored nine-year Florida Senator Kelli Stargel for her work promoting businesses in Central Florida. Springer Construction is the winner of the Jim […]

Polk State President Leaves CFDC a Legacy of Assisting with Business Resiliency

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the world, affecting business and industry as much as health and welfare, economic resiliency is the term that defines Angela Garcia Falconetti’s year as chairwoman of the Central Florida Development Council board of directors. “When you look at how much has occurred and how many accomplishments have been […]

Four Companies are Finalists for the CFDC’s Harris Award

One company provides electricity to a large swath of Polk County, while another helps keep our residents healthy. Two others produce steel and provide planning and design services. All four contribute to the economic success of Polk County, employing hundreds, paying taxes and giving back.  On Sept. 30, the Central Florida Development Council will award […]

Three Companies that Focus on Relationships and Giving Back are Finalists for Business Award

Small businesses are the backbone of America, largely run by involved owners who care for their employees, who in turn give their best every day. It’s those companies that survived, and some even thrived, during the coronavirus pandemic. Three such companies will be honored on September 30 as finalists for the Central Florida Development Council’s […]

Polk County Hospitals Continue to Grow

As Polk County continues to grow, having adequate health care for our 725,000+ residents is critical to attracting and retaining businesses. Five hospitals are located in the county, along with numerous large health care providers like Central Florida Health Care and clinics like Watson and Bond. But they aren’t resting on their laurels. Following are […]

CFDC Among Honorees for Extraordinary Work During Pandemic

At a time when Polk County is celebrating its highest level of employment and a low unemployment rate, CareerSource Polk honored awardees for their role in contributing to workforce and economic development initiatives.  CareerSource Polk, a non-profit workforce development board, honored several champions of economic prosperity during their Best Places to Work event. Included as […]