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Boosting International Trade in Polk

The PGTA and its director of Business Development, Javier Marin, seek to expand Polk County business growth on a global scale The doors of opportunity are open to international trade in Lakeland, Winter Haven and the greater Polk County Area, and the Polk Global Trade Alliance (PGTA), a component of the county’s economic development engine, […]

CFDC Holds Agriculture Industry Breakfast for Community Leaders

In Polk County, the agriculture industry remains one of our most important economic drivers. To highlight this valuable industry, business and community leaders gathered at the Central Florida Development Council’s Agriculture Industry Breakfast to discuss the promising future of agriculture. During the breakfast, a panel of industry experts answered key questions and discussed future trends. […]

CFDC Surveying Polk County Companies on their International Trade Goals

The Central Florida Development Council (CFDC), through its Polk Global Trade Alliance initiative, is launching a survey on May 9th to assess the needs of current and potential international importers and exporters in Polk County, Florida. The purpose of the survey is to gain insight from companies with current global trade operations, those contemplating global trade, […]

Wauchula State Bank Serves Large and Growing Polk Clientele

Wauchula State Bank in Hardee County doesn’t yet have a physical presence in Polk County, but what it does have is a large and growing Polk clientele and a company leadership that wants to serve those customers very well. Better service for their Florida neighbors to the north is best achieved, the bank’s executives say, […]

Bartow Regional Medical Center Ranks High in Patient Satisfaction

When Phil Minden came to Polk County in January 2013 to oversee the operations of Bartow Regional Medical Center, he didn’t need to be convinced that the hospital should partner with the Central Florida Development Council. The convincing actually came during his previous post as an administrator at Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City. […]

City of Lakeland Reports Explosive Job Growth

Real job growth is happening in Lakeland, as indicated by Polk County’s steadily falling unemployment rate, but pinning down the jobs number for Polk’s largest city involves “a lot of moving pieces,” says Jason Willey, the city of Lakeland’s business development manager. What animates Willey are the job numbers he can pin down — and […]

Florida Power and Light Plans New Natural Gas Pipeline Project

Sometime in 2017, billions of cubic feet of natural gas will begin flowing from the middle of Alabama to southeast Florida, and the path with take it directly through Polk County in an underground, 600-foot-wide corridor. Polk is key in the construction of two major pipelines, costing about $3.5 billion combined that will supply the […]

Winter Haven Experiencing Explosive Growth Powered by More than $100 Million in Economic Investment

Decisions both grand and seemingly small in business and government have positioned greater Winter Haven well for robust and diversified economic growth for many years to come. Once identified largely as the home of the world-famous Cypress Gardens attraction, Winter Haven is a major draw for family tourism again as the host community for the […]

CNP Provides Effective Marketing for Top Area Firms

Anyone who traces the successful history of Clark/Nikdel/Powell back to its roots 25 years ago might quickly come to realize that the company has played an important role in local economic growth from the very beginning. “The very beginning” was about 22 years before the Winter Haven-based advertising agency became a financial investor with the […]

Medline Bringing New Distribution Center and 100 New Jobs to Auburndale

Medline, the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies and clinical solutions, today announced its purchase of 51 acres of land for a new distribution center in Auburndale. The facility is expected to bring 100 new jobs to the city. Construction will begin this fall on the 830,000 square foot medical supplies […]