Marcobay Construction Continues to make Its Mark on Polk County

March 22, 2023 News

Marcobay Construction has a rich history in local construction – it’s left its mark on many recognizable buildings in Polk County. And it’s still going strong, working on a variety of projects as it prepares to enter its 50th year in 2024.   Marcobay was founded in 1974 by John Andras, a local structural engineer who […]

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Real Estate, Leasing, Rentals Rank High in New Businesses in Polk County

March 15, 2023 News

Polk County continues to rank high on a myriad of lists, from the best retirement location to the perfect location for your business. Recently, it ranked 14th on a list of mid-size metros with the most jobs created by new businesses at 4.6%. Northport/Sarasota/Bradenton topped the list at 12.1%.  Given the tremendous growth the county […]

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Cyndeo Wealth Partners

March 14, 2023 News

With a focus on helping clients simplify the complexity of managing, growing and protecting their wealth, Cyndeo fosters a family-like culture that builds deep relationships with the families the firm serves.  Launched in 2020 Cyndeo Wealth Partners is a Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm that oversees $1.7 billion in client assets.   With 18 employees, Cyndeo provides financial planning […]

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Graduates in High-Tech Fields Make the most Money Early in Their Careers

March 13, 2023 News

Florida Polytechnic University, Florida’s only college dedicated solely to degrees in science, technology, electronics and math (STEM), is graduating students who are entering high-tech careers offering the highest salaries within the first three years after accepting a job.   CBS News paired data provided by Payscale, a company that uses estimated salaries three years into a […]

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Tourism Expected to be Strong in 2023 with a New Culinary Campaign

February 27, 2023 News

Coming out of the pandemic successfully and ahead of its competitors had less to do with people’s pent-up demand to travel and more to do with a solid strategy to make Polk County a destination, said Mark Jackson, director of Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing.  “It really had to do with being very well […]

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Join the CFDC Business Development Team

February 24, 2023 News

The Central Florida Development Council is hiring. Learn more about joining a team working to grow Polk County’s economic prosperity. The business development associate position is an entry level role responsible for supporting the objectives of the CFDC business development team through organizing data, timely reporting, and maintaining stakeholder relationships. Candidates should be task-oriented, organized, relational […]

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Polk County Airports Contribute Nearly $2 Billion in Economic Impact 

February 23, 2023 News

Polk County’s four airports provide an economic impact of almost $2 billion, according to the Florida Department of Transportation’s 2022 Florida Aviation Economic Impact Study. And the airports are continuing to grow, meaning that number – which has increased from $878 million in 2019 – will most likely rise as well.  Lakeland Linder International Airport, […]

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Polk County Banks, Credit Unions Desire the Best Banking Relationships Possible

February 21, 2023 News

With so many banks and credit unions in Polk County, all offering excellent services, bankers know one thing sets them apart: client relationships. Whether it’s helping them get a loan or get online, local banks work hard to gain their customers’ trust.  But there’s much more.   Citizens Bank & Trust  President & CEO Greg Littleton […]

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Polk State’s New Human Resources Program Providing Candidates for Job Openings

February 20, 2023 News

If you’ve worked at any place at any time, you’ve probably started and ended your tenure with human resources. The department handles everything from hiring and firing to salaries and benefits. But it’s sometimes hard to find people who want to work in that field. This is one reason why Polk State College started a […]

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CFDC Hosts Free Event to Share Best Practices for Talent Retention, Healthy Work Culture

February 13, 2023 News

In a job market with the lowest unemployment rate since 1969, finding and keeping talent is a critical component to keeping a business operating efficiently.  To help navigate the increasingly tight job market, the Central Florida Development Council is offering local businesses an opportunity to attend a panel discussion titled “Talent Retention: How corporate culture […]

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