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CFDC Headed to Paris Air Show Promoting Polk’s Aviation Industry

A team of Central Florida Development Council representatives will be heading to the Paris Air Show to represent Polk County at the Enterprise Florida pavilion. Their goal: Recruit aviation and aerospace business to Polk County. “One of CFDC’s objectives is to promote Polk County as a global business hub, and the Paris Air Show, being […]

Aviation Education Programs Flying High In Polk County

Aviation education takes flight in Polk County in many ways, supporting a growing industry that provides an $878 million economic impact to the area. The county’s aviation leaders, working together as part of a Central Florida Development Council’s aviation committee, hope to keep growing this sector of the economy. “Part of that strategy focuses on […]

Polk County’s Hot Real Estate Market

Hot, hot, hot. That’s what experts are calling the Polk County real-estate market, where inventory of existing houses remains low and homebuilders are busy. Various reports rank the local real-estate market in the Top 5 among major metropolitan areas, continuing a trend that started in 2018. Realtor.com places the Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area, […]

3 Reasons High School Academies are Important in Polk County

As construction continues to accelerate in Polk County, builders look for employees who can show up for work on time, ready to tackle that day’s project. They’re getting help from the Polk County School District. This year, the district opened four new construction academies, which are modeled after the first one at Bartow High School. […]

Research Could Prevent Cyber Attacks in the Future

Forward-thinking research being tackled by a Florida Polytechnic University assistant professor could prevent cyber-attacks of the future. Dr. Arman Sargolzaei, assistant professor of electrical engineering, is working with students at Florida Poly and a colleague at Florida International University to make cyber-physical systems (CPS), like autonomous vehicles and smart grids, more resilient against new types […]

Polk State College Offers Educational Excellence for 54 Years

Whether it’s awarding bachelor’s degrees to the next generation of nurses and computer programmers or certificates to future machine operators and aviation dispatchers, Polk State College is training the workforce that will keep Polk County on the cutting edge. It’s just one goal Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti points to as she leads Polk […]

Lakeland Linder Airport: A Leader in Aviation

Lakeland Linder International Airport, the largest airport in Polk County, provides an economic impact of nearly $575 million a year, according to a study released in March 2019. But with dynamic leadership, a supportive City Commission and continued infrastructure improvements, the airport is continuing to grow, increasing that impact even further. In May 2019, airport […]

Florida Poly Student Uses STEM Classes to Excel in Research

Crediting challenging AP classes, Michael Jernigan, a graduate of Bartow High School, isn’t surprised he’s studying electrical engineering at Florida Polytechnic University. Jernigan is being profiled as part of a series on students who attended Polk County Public Schools and are now pursuing STEM-related degrees in colleges here and across the country. He loved to […]

CFDC Wins State Award for Attracting Nucor Steel to Polk County

The Florida Economic Development Council honored the Central Florida Development Council for its leadership role in helping attract Nucor Steel Florida to Polk County. The FEDC presented the CFDC with the Urban Deal of the Year Award at its 2019 Annual Conference for landing Nucor Steel in southeast Polk County. Now Nucor Steel Florida, the […]

Polk County’s Aviation Industry is BIG Business

Polk County’s 4 airports, combined with our aviation and aerospace interests, provide a $878 million-plus local economic impact. A March 2019 Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study reports this impact has more than doubled from the $400 million impact in 2014. The Florida Department of Transportation report  reflections the aviation industry’s growth in Central Florida. […]