Florida Trend Profiles Polk County’s Economic Evolution

January 4, 2018 News, Success Stories

From healthcare and tourism to advanced manufacturing and logistics, nearly every major industry in Polk County has benefitted from a steady wave of economic and commercial development that has sparked the start of a new era for the central Florida community. “Polk County, in recent years, has steered a course that marries a laid-back, friendly […]

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5 Questions with The Ledger – At the end of the day, It’s all Polk

January 3, 2018 News

Recently, CFDC President Sean Malott had the opportunity to discuss economic development in Polk County with The Ledger Newspaper. The following is reposted from the article. Sean Malott offers a welcoming hand-shake, even to those he’s never met before. It’s an important trait to have when you’re in the business of attracting companies to your […]

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Annual Meeting Celebrates Economic Growth and Looks to the Future

October 5, 2017 News

The Central Florida Development Council held its 2017 CFDC Annual Meeting yesterday at Haus 820 in Lakeland. The highlights of the evening included the presentation of the George Harris Jr, Economic Development Awards and hearing an inspiring address about traveling to space from the evening’s keynote speaker. The event was sponsored by several Central Florida […]

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Walmart Opens First Florida e-Commerce Fulfillment Center in Polk County

July 25, 2017 News, Success Stories

Florida Governor Rick Scott, Walmart officials, Polk community leaders and Central Florida Development Council (CFDC) staff attended the grand opening of Walmart’s new e-commerce fulfillment center in Davenport, FL, a massive, state-of-the-art facility that is estimated to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Polk County. The new facility will house millions of items dedicated to […]

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Polk County Business ArrMaz Expanding

July 14, 2017 News, Success Stories

Recently featured in the Business Observer, Polk County, Florida company ArrMaz continues to expand its business from a local startup to global leader in specialty chemicals for a variety of high-skill, higher-wage industries — from mining, fertilizer and asphalt to oil and gas. The Central Florida Development Council and the Polk County Board of County […]

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Governor Scott Announces New $85M Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

July 13, 2017 News

Governor Rick Scott announced Enterprise Florida and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) are accepting economic development project proposals for the new $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. Economic development projects that enhance community infrastructure or develop workforce training programs are eligible to receive funding. To find out more information about the grant […]

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GrowFL Announces 2017 Florida Companies to Watch Finalists

June 9, 2017 News

(Bartow, Fla.) Madrid Engineering Group, Inc. was among the first round of 2017 Florida Companies to Watch finalists recently announced by GrowFL. The awards event – now in its seventh year – honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new […]

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Boosting International Trade in Polk

June 7, 2017 News

The PGTA and its director of Business Development, Javier Marin, seek to expand Polk County business growth on a global scale The doors of opportunity are open to international trade in Lakeland, Winter Haven and the greater Polk County Area, and the Polk Global Trade Alliance (PGTA), a component of the county’s economic development engine, […]

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CFDC Holds Agriculture Industry Breakfast for Community Leaders

May 25, 2017 News

In Polk County, the agriculture industry remains one of our most important economic drivers. To highlight this valuable industry, business and community leaders gathered at the Central Florida Development Council’s Agriculture Industry Breakfast to discuss the promising future of agriculture. During the breakfast, a panel of industry experts answered key questions and discussed future trends. […]

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CFDC Surveying Polk County Companies on their International Trade Goals

May 17, 2017 News

The Central Florida Development Council (CFDC), through its Polk Global Trade Alliance initiative, is launching a survey on May 9th to assess the needs of current and potential international importers and exporters in Polk County, Florida. The purpose of the survey is to gain insight from companies with current global trade operations, those contemplating global trade, […]

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