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The Health of Polk: Mental Health

Behavioral health, including mental illness and substance abuse, is the number one health concern in Polk County, according to the 2020 Community Health Assessment (CHA). Within that broad category, suicides, lack of mental health providers, and drug and alcohol abuse were identified as top concerns to be addressed to improve the health of Polk County. […]

The Health of Polk

Mental health, access to health services, nutrition and exercise, and deaths of people walking and riding their bicycles continue as some of the top concerns for residents in Polk County, according to the 2020 Community Health Assessment (CHA) completed in May. The county Health Department and its partners gathered and analyzed data to determine which […]

Careersource Using Cares Money to Help People Affected by the Pandemic

CareerSource Polk is using a $2.5 million grant from the Polk County Board of County Commissioners to help put people back to work during the pandemic. The money is part of $126 million the county received as part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant. The county used some […]

CareerSource Polk Offers Training and Internships to Area Youth

CareerSource Polk, which oversees the state and federal funds dedicated to preparing and upgrading a skilled workforce, is working with young people ages 16 to 24, introducing them to the workplace and preparing them to become the leaders of tomorrow. Whether they want to earn their GED, start working or nab their first internship, students […]

CFDC Announces Upcoming Move Into New Office

As Polk County continues to grow, the Central Florida Development Council is excited to announce its upcoming move into an office building being renovated by SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate, a commercial real estate brokerage firm that is expanding. The main building at 1723 U.S. 98 S., adjacent to the Grove Park Publix […]

Adaptability is the Name of the Game as Students Return to School

Nearly two weeks into school, everyone from administrators and teachers to bus drivers and school nurses are having to adapt to new procedures and learning environments all thanks to the coronavirus. Nevertheless, in this challenging time, with changes coming almost as fast as the holidays, learning has begun. Students and their parents have had the […]

Manufacturing Workforce Grows at Polk State College Through Metallica Foundation Grant

As more and more Baby Boomers retire, jobs in the manufacturing field are being vacated, with few applicants waiting to fill the positions. Such is the case with machinists. Of the 3.4 million total manufacturing job vacancies that will result from the retirement of 2.7 million Baby Boomers and 700,000 new openings due to business […]

Winter Haven Partners with FAA and FDOT to Improve Airport Capacity

As the aviation and aerospace sector continues to tick skyward in Polk County, Winter Haven is improving its airport to better serve the area’s residents and increase its economic impact in Central Florida. “It is very important for us to maintain and improve our airport infrastructure,” said Winter Haven Regional Airport Manager Alex Vacha. “This […]

Florida Funders and Florida Poly Team Up to Help Seniors Gain Experience

A Tampa Bay company aimed at “finding, funding and building the next generation of tech companies” is partnering with Florida Polytechnic University to help Florida’s only STEM-focused university advance students’ ideas for technological innovations. The partnership with Florida Funders, described as part venture capitalist and part angel investor network, fosters potential career placements of students […]

Community Health Assessment Shows New Priorities

Mental health, access to health services, nutrition and exercise, and deaths of people walking and riding their bicycles continue as some of the top concerns for residents in Polk County, according to the 2020 Community Health Assessment (CHA) completed in May. The county Health Department and its partners gathered and analyzed data to determine which […]