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CFDC Quarterly Leadership Roundtable: Business Growth Trends

The future for business is looking brighter – throughout the country and especially here in Polk County, Florida.  This year has been one of transition and adjustment, but local leaders are optimistic about business conditions and enthusiastic about new post-pandemic opportunities. Growth forecasts are tracking with national trends. Chief Executive’s July poll of U.S. CEOs […]

Port Tampa Bay is an Economic Driver in Polk County & Central Florida

Living in Polk County, many people do not think of Port Tampa Bay and the services it provides businesses and residents here. But as one of the nation’s largest ports, it provides an $18 billion economic impact in the region and serves much of the Americas and beyond.  In Florida, Port Tampa Bay is the […]

Logistics Contributing to Polk’s Economic Growth

A career in logistics can range from truck driver or forklift operator to warehouse supervisor or corporate executive. Whatever the title, one thing seems certain: the field is a growing part of the economy in Polk County. “Logistics is a growth industry that has proven time and again to withstand fluctuations in the economy and […]

Pan-American Agreement Could Spur Growth in Polk County

The United States is at a critical juncture, one in which Polk County could benefit if the dependence on manufacturing moves from Asia to the Americas. In the Harvard Business Review’s “The Case for a Pan-American Manufacturing Ecosystem,” the authors say North America, Central America and South America must work together to manufacture and transport […]

Housing Boom Affects More Than Just Buyers and Sellers

As homes continue to sell at a rapid pace, the housing boom affects many specialties, including lawyers and banks. Home sales are up about 20% nationally this year. According to Florida Realtors, in Polk County: The number of new listings in the first quarter of 2021 compared with the first quarter of 2020 jumped 3% […]

Change in Leadership in Auburndale Creates New Opportunities

Auburndale City Manager Bobby Green’s retirement in April opened the door for the promotion of two key city leaders and the addition of two others with strong ties in the county. Jeff Tillman was promoted to city manager following the retirement of Bobby Green in April after 30 years in Auburndale. In June, Green received […]

Tourism Rebounds in Polk County as Outdoor Attractions Face Record Attendance

Tourism is returning to Polk County quickly, led by outdoor sports and attractions. “We began the uphill climb last June when we began hosting sporting events, which was the first sector to rebound,” said Mark Jackson, director of Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing. “Prior to that, we had developed a very comprehensive three-stage marketing […]

New Superintendent Vows to Keep the School District Moving Forward

Incoming Polk County Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid has a variety of past experiences in education that he will lean on when he officially starts July 1. “It’s a comprehensive experience that I bring, from the classroom level as Sarasota County’s Teacher of the Year to the principal level, having successfully turned around several schools, to […]

New Internship Guide Provides All the Info You Need to Start a Program

Polk Vision and the Central Florida Development Council are rolling out a new Internship Guide to assist businesses wanting to start or advance a program to attract young talent to their companies. Polk Vision and the CFDC Talent Pipeline’s Countywide Higher Education Workforce developed the guide that includes Southeastern and Florida Polytechnic universities, Florida Southern […]

Residential Construction Booms as Polk Grows

As more companies move to or expand in Polk County, it’s creating more jobs, attracting new employees and generating the need for additional housing. All that’s making the county a hotbed for residential and multi-family construction, led by the two largest cities, Lakeland and Winter Haven. Nicole Travis, deputy city manager for Lakeland, named two […]