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Census Hits Pause Button, but You Can Still Respond and be Counted

Collecting 2020 Census data continues despite coronavirus (COVID-19) shut downs across the country, and it may be more important than ever. “Let’s just think about resource allocation right now,” said Kim Long, executive director of Polk Vision, one of the local agencies working to ensure every person in Polk County is counted. She was referring […]

COVID-19 Resources

Updated on March 27, 2020 During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the Central Florida Development Council seeks to provide updated, reliable information to all our stakeholders in Polk County, including businesses, government leaders, municipal economic development organizations and the community at large. Please do your part to take this situation seriously and implement the necessary precautions […]

Agriculture Contributes Billions to Polk’s Economy

Agriculture has long played a part in Polk County’s history, and with the next generation of farming families taking over, along with new blood entering the realm, it will likely stay that way for decades to come. But agriculture involves so much more than farming. In fact, the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) includes “leaders […]

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program Activated

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer-term […]

The Roberts Academy Continues to Grow and Attract Attention as it Teaches Dyslexic Students

Keeping up with demand at a school dedicated to students with dyslexia, Florida Southern College is constructing its third building, this one to educate middle-school students in The Roberts Academy. The groundbreaking on March 9 means construction is now underway on the building, which will include mathematics and science labs when it opens in August […]

Survey to Assess COVID-19 Related Business Damage

From the Small Business Development Center: The Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, strongly encourages small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to complete the state’s Business Damage Assessment Survey. The survey, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), is not an application for disaster assistance, but rather assists […]

Justice Teaching Center at Florida Southern College Brings Civics to Students

Leaders at Florida Southern College’s new Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning hope the lessons it’s bringing to students across the state create an active, engaged, civic-minded population that understands justice, the courts and the Constitution. “The center continues to improve civic learning opportunities in Florida through effective law-focused partnerships, programs and resources,” said Annette […]

Live and Play in Polk County

Living and playing is an important part of our daily lives away from work, and Polk County offers numerous amenities to ensure everyone has options. In this five-part series, we outlined why Polk County is the best place to live, work and play. Check out the blog posts below: Lakeland and Mulberry Bonnet Springs Park […]

Florida Southern Expands on Computer Science Program

To keep up with a technologically advancing world, Florida Southern College has added three new majors to its ever-growing computer sciences program. During a curriculum revision, the Florida Southern College identified three areas that are deemed critical skills needed by today’s graduating students: cybersecurity, machine learning and artificial intelligence, as well as web and cloud […]

Live and Play: Fort Meade, Bartow, Frostproof and Lake Wales Offer a Variety of Activities

From a vision plan for Peace River Park to historical museums and a skydiving club, four cities in southern Polk County — Fort Meade, Bartow, Lake Wales and Frostproof — know how to live and play. Living and playing is an important part of our daily lives away from work, and Polk County offers numerous […]