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Meet the Employees of Tomorrow

Connecting college students with careers in Polk is an important goal for the Central Florida Development Council and Polk Vision — and the main reason behind an upcoming career fair. “All of our schools are very different and we attract different employers, so I think having a countywide fair is the perfect way to expose […]

Office Space – Few Vacancies in Polk County

With more and more people moving to Polk County and Central Florida daily, office space is filling up. The reasons are clear, starting with the need for Realtors to help you find a house; lawyers and title companies to handle that purchase; bankers to secure mortgages; and more. And then there’s the massage therapist to […]

Cities Focus on Growth in their Specialty Areas

Cities in Polk County Focus on Growth in their Specialty Areas The medical sector continues to build along the corridor surrounding Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center near Haines City, industrial warehouses and aviation are thriving in Lakeland, and Nucor near Frostproof could be a “game-changer.” Whether it’s one of those cities, Winter Haven, Lake […]

Growth Opportunities and Solutions

Growth equals opportunities, and many of Polk County’s cities are working collaboratively to solve growing problems that exist today or are anticipated in the near future. Roads. Population increases. Jobs. Infrastructure. “Obviously we want to see growth, more people coming here,” said Ashley Cheek, vice president of business development for the Lakeland Economic Development Council. […]

Retail Growth Strong in Polk County

Whether it is driving from Lake Wales to Lakeland to eat at First Watch or checking out area hotels for your visit to LEGOLAND Florida Resorts, residents and tourists have options. And they’ll soon have many more. City officials and economic development councils know what their residents want, and they’re delivering at a fast pace […]

Publix Donates $5 Million to Reduce Hunger in Seven States

Publix Super Markets Charities is once again donating $5 million to help feed the hungry in the seven states in which it operates. “It’s vitally important for us as a food retailer — it’s the biggest single impact we can make,” said Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous. “It’s the right thing to do. Mr. George instilled […]

Single-Family Homes: Five Reasons We’re Seeing Growth in Polk

Home building is once again on the upswing in Polk County and Central Florida, and a variety of factors figure into what one builder called steady growth. In the unincorporated parts of Polk County, 1,473 single-family permits were issued in the first six months of 2018, compared with 1,107 in the same time period in […]

Partnerships Provide Bright Future for SunTrax, Auburndale, Florida Polytechnic

New toll technology, driverless cars, and developments in mass transit will be developed and tested right here in Polk County. And that has a number of people excited about the construction of SunTrax in Auburndale. The Florida Turnpike Enterprise is designing, building and funding the $42 million test track that borders the Polk Parkway, where […]

Four Reasons Why You Should Care about Aviation in Polk

From blue skies to busy regional airports to education, Polk County and Central Florida have everything needed to ensure aviation remains an important part of our economy. “It’s a very critical aspect of what we are and who we are,” says Javier Marin, director of business development and global trade for the Central Florida Development […]

SM(art) Symposium Educates Attendees

The arts are alive in Polk County schools, teaching problem-solving, teamwork and organizational skills to thousands of students each year. And that’s translating into higher test scores and better graduation rates, according to data presented Aug. 1, 2018 at the fifth annual SM(art) Business Symposium. Beth Cummings, director of fine arts for the Polk County […]