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BayCare Winter Haven Hospital will Welcome New President

January 14, 2022 News

Kidada Hawkins will become the new president of Winter Haven Hospital and Winter Haven Women’s Hospital on Feb. 21, hospital owner BayCare has announced. “Winter Haven hospitals’ next leader has a proven track record of partnering with physicians to deliver clinical excellence for the community,” Glenn Waters, BayCare’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. […]

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CFDC Quarterly Leadership Roundtable: Leading High Performing Teams

January 13, 2022 News

As we shared in our last CFDC quarterly Leadership Roundtable, the future for business is looking brighter – throughout the country and especially here in Polk County, Florida.  The past two years have been ones of great transition and adjustment, but local leaders are optimistic about business conditions, enthusiastic about new opportunities and forecasting continued […]

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Polk Public Schools Focusing on Growth in New Year

January 11, 2022 News

Analyzing a recent survey and using its results to help create a strategic plan for the Polk County School District is a major focus this year for Polk County Public Schools. But there’s so much more, said Superintendent Frederick Heid. “A major priority for 2022 is that our School District will finish creating a new […]

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Davenport Keeps up with Booming Growth

January 5, 2022 News

Growth in the northeast quadrant of Polk County is booming, and that’s just fine for Davenport, which has positioned itself to deal with an influx of residents. The diverse, 4-square mile city sits north of I-4 near Haines City and has more than tripled from a population of 2,888 in 2010 to more than 9,000 in […]

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New Residency Program Will Accelerate Lakeland Regional

January 5, 2022 News

Lakeland Regional Health’s new Graduate Medical Education (GME) program means more doctors, more research and more training, all of which will help better serve the residents of Polk County and surrounding areas. “As one of the largest hospitals in the country that does not have a GME program, this is the sensible next step of growth […]

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Orlando Health Serving Fast-Growing South Lakeland

January 5, 2022 News

Orlando Health is expanding into Polk County, planning a hospital and surrounding campus in the fast-growing south Lakeland community. “As we’ve grown, Orlando Health has really looked at creating more access points, especially along the Interstate 4 corridor,” said John Moore, senior vice president of Orlando Health West Region and president of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. “Expansion […]

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Local Company That Helps Others Grow Continues its Own Growth

January 5, 2022 News

Brandon Clark has been promoted to president of The Ruthvens, a position he was being prepared for since he first joined the company as vice president in 2018. He succeeds Greg Ruthven, who will work part-time as chairman and CEO of the company his father founded in 1957.  “It was earlier than I was expecting, and […]

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SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler Celebrates 25 Years as a Leader in Commercial Real Estate

November 30, 2021 News

SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate has brokered almost $4 billion in transactions since Dean Saunders founded it 25 years ago, and now, it’s stronger than ever, boasting more than 60 advisers and a bright future built on relationships, credentials and integrity. The company celebrated its 25th anniversary and move into its new offices […]

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Mission to Lake Nona Shows “Purposeful Development”

November 19, 2021 News

A Central Florida Development Council-led trip to nearby Lake Nona showed attendees a “great example of purposeful development,” one that focuses on advanced mobility, a targeted industry in Polk County. “We went to Lake Nona because not a lot of people had been there or experienced it,” said CFDC President & CEO Sean Malott, who […]

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Polk County Schools Seeking Input on Survey

November 17, 2021 News, Talent Pipeline

If you want to help shape future graduates of the county’s public school system, now is the time to take a quick online survey to provide your input. The deadline is Nov. 30. Polk County Public Schools is developing a strategic plan to ensure all graduates are ready to enter college or the workforce. As […]

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