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Aviation Initiative Plans to Promote Polk County to the World

As the aviation industry continues to grow worldwide, the Central Florida Development Council is excited to formalize the work of aviation advocates and professionals from across the county through the forming of a committee devoted to growing Polk County’s aviation impact. The new committee, chaired by Lakeland Linder International Airport Director Gene Conrad, has a […]

Citrus Connection Expanding Access

Polk County’s mass transit system, Citrus Connection, is set for growth as the county grows. But it’s not looking at today or tomorrow: It’s working on Re-Route 2020 and the expansion of services in East Polk. The mission – to ensure access to a bus ride is convenient for all. Last year, the bus service […]

Technology and Regulation Fuel Back-Office Functions

Automation and technology have changed some back-office jobs at two Polk County community banks, and industry regulations are changing things further, impacting their back-office operations. Though back-office operations are largely left unnoticed by customers these functions play a key role in keeping your money safe. And they’re a good fit in Polk County’s economy. “There […]

An Applied Math Degree Leads Harvard Student from Polk County to Wall Street

As Erick Meza prepares to graduate from Harvard University, he reflects on the education he received from Polk County Public Schools, one that helped prepare him for four rigorous years at the Ivy League college. Now 22, Erick graduated from the International Baccalaureate High School in Bartow, Florida in 2015. The son of Meliton and […]

Florida Poly Partners to Research and Test Self-Driving Vehicles

Florida Polytechnic University is achieving international attention for its Advanced Mobility Institute (AMI), signing a partnership with the only technological university in the Northern European country of Estonia. And that’s leading to greater momentum for the research and application of autonomous vehicle technology in Polk County and Central Florida. “Florida Poly is a public state […]

Slingshot Polk Engages Student Innovators

Growing our own entrepreneurs and keeping them in Polk County, especially in STEM-related fields, remains a focus the economic development community. To that end, SlingShot Polk encourages people under the age of 25 to innovate or design their own inventions and start their own businesses. To help, SlingShot Polk offers prize money to get the […]

Polk Grad Now SEU Nursing Student Balances School, Kids, Life

Alexis Dauphinais always considered going into the medical field, following in her parents’ footsteps. A second installment in our series showcasing students who attended Polk County Public Schools and are either pursuing degrees in STEM fields or recently started working in STEM-related jobs. Dauphinais, 28, is not the traditional college student on the campus of […]

Growers Optimistic about this Season’s Citrus Crop, Experiments

Florida citrus growers and industry leaders are optimistic about this season’s crop and the positive inroads being made fighting the dreaded citrus greening disease, which has wreaked havoc on production in recent years. Steven Callaham, chief executive officer of the Dundee Citrus Growers Association, is excited about the possibilities of the experimental CUPS project his […]

TECO’s Powerful Investment in the Community

TECO and TECO Peoples Gas do more than just keep the water hot and the stove burning for nearly 90,000 customers in Polk County: They also play an important role in the community. “We are strong community partners, and we sponsor a variety of events and groups within Polk County that reflect that mission,” said […]

Polk Graduates find Success Pursuing High Tech Studies

Margaret and Joanna Sands attended public schools for 12 years in Polk County, spending their formative high school years at Summerlin Academy in Bartow. The military school may have seemed like an odd choice for the STEM-oriented Winter Haven twins, but one thing attracted them: Japanese. “They ended up there because they got interested in […]