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Polk State Corporate College Uses Grant to Teach Cybersecurity

Twenty years ago, cybercrimes cost businesses $17.8 million in damages. This year, Cybersecurity Ventures estimates cybercrimes will cost the global marketplace $6 trillion. This staggering number is one reason Polk State’s Corporate College is offering an apprenticeship program starting March 8 to help employers train and upskill employees in cybersecurity. “All businesses and industry employers […]

Commercial Construction Companies Looking Forward to a Strong 2021

As the pandemic shuttered some businesses and slowed others, those involved in the construction industry have stayed busy as more people and businesses move to Polk County, expand or remodel. Kimley-Horn Kimley-Horn’s planning and design consultants had a tremendous 2020, with growth in the residential and distribution sectors, said Elisa Harden, senior project manager. “We […]

Two Polk Colleges Partner to Benefit Students and Local Companies

Two local colleges are teaming up to provide students with degrees that will allow them to enter STEM-related fields with high-level business acumen. Florida Polytechnic University students will have a chance to continue their education for one year at Florida Southern College to earn a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). The public-private partnership will save […]

Expert Advice About Starting Your Own Business

Originally published in Viva Polk Magazine Starting a business goes beyond the act of establishing a legal entity and includes much more than just having an idea or concept. Javier Marín of the Central Florida Economic Development Council states that it also requires financing, marketing, skills to make the product or provide the service, continuity, patience, ability to interact […]

New Bariatric Institute Will Help Fight Obesity in Polk County

Lakeland Regional Health’s new Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Medicine is one more tool Polk County has to help reduce the rate of obesity. Ranked the No. 2 health concern in the 2020 Community Health Assessment (CHA), nearly 39% of people in Polk County are considered obese, having a body mass index (BMI) […]

Programs Offer Help for Businesses & Those Looking for New Opportunities

CareerSource Polk is offering a wide range of programs to help adults gain skills that make them more marketable in today’s workplace and to assist businesses re-train and retain employees.  Chrissanne Long, CEO of Maximize Digital Media, recently learned of the programs, which she said every small business owner should consider. “We have had great […]

Two High Schools Lead the Way as Polk Graduation Rate Increases

With a focus squarely on high school seniors, Polk County Public Schools increased its graduation rate to a record high of 86.5%, up from 81.2% in 2019. There were many achievements to celebrate along with the overall increase: The graduation rate has increased almost 15% over the last five years. The rate at the county’s […]

University & College Presidents Return to On-Campus Learning and Move Ahead with Projects

Nothing proved the adaptability of Polk County’s higher education institutions quite like 2020. When the coronavirus pandemic moved schools all over the country to close their doors in March, colleges quickly transitioned to online classes and many other changes. As 2021 begins, the presidents of six education institutions in Polk County already have plans in […]

Florida Poly Professor Receives Recognition for COVID-19 Research

About a year after the first noted COVID-19 case and there is still a lot of research being done on the disease, some of it in Polk’s backyard. Dr. Ajeet Kaushik, assistant professor of chemistry at Florida Polytechnic University, is being featured in the World Health Organization’s database of global literature on the coronavirus, focusing […]

Additional Stimulus Funding Could Provide More Locally

As local residents start receiving their $600 stimulus checks in the second round of pandemic relief money, Polk County prepares for the possibility of more funds while also sharing how it spent its first-round share. The $900 billion relief bill passed in December 2020 is the second-largest federal stimulus package; the largest was the $2 […]