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The Faces of Helping Polk Prosper

The Central Florida Development Council team was recently featured in the Faces of Orlando feature in Orlando Magazine:  As Polk County continues to grow and diversify, the Central Florida Development Council is engaging stakeholders to join the ride into the future. Leading the way toward developing the high-tech Central Florida Innovation District, anchored by SunTrax […]

Florida Poly Professor Hopes to Prevent App Collusion

A researcher at Florida Polytechnic University is working on the cutting edge of Android technology as he and a group of peers try to stymie criminals before they create a new kind of malware. Karim Elish, an assistant professor of Computer Science, started working on Android security when attending Virginia Tech for his Doctorate, which […]

Polk County’s Winter Haven Hospital Residency Program Opens Clinic, Receives Accreditation

Winter Haven Hospital’s new Family Medicine Residency program — in partnership with Florida State University College of Medicine and BayCare Medical Group — recently gained accreditation and opened its Family  Health Center. In 2018, Winter Haven Hospital announced it was partnering with FSU to create a program that recruits doctors to complete their residencies in […]

Fastest Growing Jobs in Polk County

In Polk County’s Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA, among the fastest-growing jobs are post-secondary teachers, chemical equipment operators, family general practitioner doctors, medical care aides, and chefs, according to CommercialCafe and the Tampa Bay Business Journal. It should come as no surprise that these jobs are in demand, here’s why: POST-SECONDARY TEACHERS The number of college-level teachers […]

Auburndale’s Lakes District Provides Work/Life Balance to Innovation District

With cooperation from three landowners and input from residents, the City of Auburndale is creating a Lakes District to preserve its rural heritage, create community focal points and protect its pedestrians and bicyclists. The result could meld nicely with the Central Florida Innovation District to attract researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses to a growing high-tech area in […]

Polk County: A Great Place to Live, Work, Play — And More

Have you ever wondered why Polk County and its cities come up on so many “best” lists, whether it’s the best place to retire, start a business, attend college or the like? We asked six leaders in different fields why they love living and working in Polk, here’s what we found out. Crown Jewels “I […]

Vision for Central Florida Innovation District Previewed at Event

The Central Florida Development Council hosted an informational preview event on Monday to continue the process of outlining a vision for the Central Florida Innovation District (CFID) and seek feedback. Community leaders, CFDC investors, area landowners and the public were invited to the meeting at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland. The goal of the meeting […]

Polk Graduate Focusing on Future in STEM at Southeasten University

Despite the language barrier, a new school and an unfamiliar culture one Polk graduate is now excelling at a Polk institution of higher learning hoping to pursue a career in medicine. Jessica Echevarria moved to the United States from Cuba when she was seven, knowing only how to say “Yes,” “No” and a few other […]

Polk Graduate has Sights Set on Developing New Technology

Local Jenkins High School Graduate Pursues Love for STEM at Florida Polytechnic University. At age 19, Elise Araiza already knows she wants to be a mechanical engineer. The Florida Polytechnic University student is majoring in that, with a concentration in nanotechnology, cementing her love for science and math that developed at George Jenkins High School […]

New Website Guides Students Preparing for College, Careers

Middle and high school students now have one more tool to help them prepare for college or careers, thanks to a collaborative effort led by Polk Vision. “Be The Future Be U is two things: It is a collection of resources and it is a community of engaged students focused on preparing for their future,” […]