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Six Reasons LRH’s Women and Children’s Pavilion is Important for Polk County

When the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children at Lakeland Regional Health starts caring for patients and their families June 15, all of Polk County should take notice. Not often does a medical center embark on such an ambitious project, the largest in its history. The $275 million expansion features eight floors, 350,000 square […]

Aviation industry event held to raise awareness about economic impact of aviation and aerospace

Lakeland, Florida, – Polk County, Florida is primed for soaring aviation growth. To highlight this valuable industry, business and community leaders gathered at the Central Florida Aviation Industry Breakfast to discuss the opportunities ahead for aviation. During the breakfast, two expert panels explored the aviation industry on both a macro and micro level as well […]

Medline completes new Polk County distribution center

Medline Industries Inc. has completed an 830,000-square-foot distribution center in Polk County, company officials say. The nation’s largest privately held maker of health care-related products began work on the $45 million industrial project in the Polk Commerce Center, in Auburndale, in late 2016. Stacy Rubenstein, a company spokeswoman, says the facility — slated to employ 100 […]

Robotics Students Feed the Talent Pipeline

Polk robotics students learn real-world skills in preparation for technology careers At Winter Haven High School’s Technobotics Academy, students are building real world skills they can use in technology-related jobs — jobs that are on the rise in the area as the result of strategic Polk County economic development efforts. They study mechanical engineering, computer […]

Nucor to Build Steel Micro Mill in Polk County

The Central Florida Development Council and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners is excited to announce that Nucor Corporation has selected Polk County as the Florida location for their latest steel micro mill. Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced that it will build a rebar micro mill in Frostproof, Florida, which is located in Polk […]

Tax Reform Chart – Former Law Compared to the New Law for 2018

The 2017 Tax Act was recently passed and represents the most significant change to the tax code in over 30 years. The tax reform legislation was signed into law by President Trump on Friday, December 22, 2017. One of the key factors driving tax reform was reducing the corporate income tax rate in order to be […]

ArrMaz Opens Technologically Advanced Research & Development Facility

Mulberry, Florida – On January 18th, ArrMaz celebrated the opening of its new, state-of-the-art ArrMaz Innovation Center. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted by the Central Florida Development Council with Commissioner Todd Dantzler, Chairman of the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, and key community and business leaders in attendance. The completion of the ArrMaz Innovation […]

Florida Trend Profiles Polk County’s Economic Evolution

From healthcare and tourism to advanced manufacturing and logistics, nearly every major industry in Polk County has benefitted from a steady wave of economic and commercial development that has sparked the start of a new era for the central Florida community. “Polk County, in recent years, has steered a course that marries a laid-back, friendly […]

5 Questions with The Ledger – At the end of the day, It’s all Polk

Recently, CFDC President Sean Malott had the opportunity to discuss economic development in Polk County with The Ledger Newspaper. The following is reposted from the article. Sean Malott offers a welcoming hand-shake, even to those he’s never met before. It’s an important trait to have when you’re in the business of attracting companies to your […]

Annual Meeting Celebrates Economic Growth and Looks to the Future

The Central Florida Development Council held its 2017 CFDC Annual Meeting yesterday at Haus 820 in Lakeland. The highlights of the evening included the presentation of the George Harris Jr, Economic Development Awards and hearing an inspiring address about traveling to space from the evening’s keynote speaker. The event was sponsored by several Central Florida […]