Ridgeback Continues Expanding Its Services, Serving Central Florida and Beyond

November 28, 2023 News

A leader in the Polk’s Mechanical Engineering industry, Ridgeback strives to bring more value to its customers and employees. Brannon “Bo” Patzer grew up working for his father in the mechanical industry until his father sold the business and retired in 1997. A decade later, on Aug. 15, 2007, he and his wife, Mieka, were […]

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New Manufacturing Plant Being Built in Lake Wales Florida

November 26, 2023 News

ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS PLANS PIPE MANUFACTURING PLANT IN LAKE WALES  Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) is entering Polk County in a big way, building an innovative advanced pipe manufacturing facility in Lake Wales that will provide 200 jobs at salaries that are approximately 15% above average annual wage within the city.  Polk County’s central location made […]

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City of Mulberry is Becoming a Destination and the Depot 303 will add to its Attraction

November 24, 2023 News

Mulberry has emerged from a sleepy little town to a growing center of arts, entertainment and, coming soon, culinary delights.  About three years ago, City Manager Rick Johnson started wondering whether the popular food truck rallies would end as the price of gas and insurance continued to rise. “I wanted a place where the trucks […]

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Florida Southern College Leader Lands on Prestigous 40 Under 40 List

November 24, 2023 News

One local woman has been named to the 2023 class of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 – a rising star who, at 34, she is already vice president of student life at Florida Southern College.  Lauren Albaum, 34, “is dedicated to empowering students, fostering growth and positively impacting their academic and professional […]

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Crews Bank & Trust’s Unified Brand Showcases New Name for Local Customers

November 16, 2023 News

Wauchula State Bank has a new name, Crews Bank & Trust, but you’ll still see the same familiar faces at all its branches, and you’ll still experience its “customer first” culture.  So why did it change names? It wasn’t bought by a larger bank, which is what some people ask, said Andrew Foreman, senior vice […]

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Join the CFDC Marketing Team

November 12, 2023 News

Are you looking for an exciting new career opportunity where you can showcase your graphic design talents, contribute to a team and grow your marketing skills? Open Position The Graphic Design & Social Media Associate is responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring Central Florida Development Council’s brand, personality, tone, look and voice across platforms and […]

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The CFDC Launches New Polk County Overview Video

October 30, 2023 News

When two companies collaborate to create a video showcasing everything that’s right about Polk County, the county and its chief economic development agency — the Central Florida Development Council— are the winners.   “We are so grateful to Duke Energy for providing a grant that allowed us to hire Indie Atlantic Films to develop a new […]

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Strong Talent Pipeline One Reason Advanced Manufacturers are Locating in Polk County

October 29, 2023 News

Higher wage opportunities. Strong sector presence. Growing employment opportunities. These factors and many others continue retaining talent within Advanced Manufacturing. With a talent pipeline supplied by a vareity of post-secondary institutions, Polk County is the perfect place to locate an advanced manufacturing facility, bolstered by a talent pipeline that both graduates students prepared to tackle […]

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Advanced Manufacturing has a Permanent Place in Polk County – Here’s Why 

October 24, 2023 News

Polk County is Florida’s Best Place for Business, and those involved in advanced manufacturing have figured it out. They know the reasons why companies want to and have located here:  Infrastructure It’s located in the center of the country’s third-largest state, providing timely access to customers via road (interstates 4, 75 and 95); rail (300+ […]

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Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at FSC Helps Students Transform Ideas into Businesses

October 23, 2023 News

At Florida Southern College’s Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (CFEE), learning goes far beyond the classroom, giving students opportunities to develop their ideas into reality.   The CFEE opened as the Center for Free Enterprise in 2013 with a focus on free enterprise and why entrepreneurship matters in society, said Michael Weber, dean of the […]

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