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Agritourism a Growing Business in Polk County

Agritourism is one of the hottest new draws in Polk County and Florida, and for good reason. Families and businesses that make their living off the land are being creative in opening up their farms and ranches to the general public, attracting guests and adding to their bottom line at the same time. The agribusiness […]

Four Reasons Workforce Education is Important in Polk County

“The Polk County School District’s workforce education programs offer countless and invaluable benefits to our students,” said Marc Hutek, assistant superintendent of career, technical, adult and multiple pathways. “Through these programs, students are introduced to potential careers, they begin building skills and earning certifications, and they participate in numerous experiential opportunities, all of which help them […]

Four Ways Southeastern University Contributes to the Arts in Polk County

People who think outside the box often are contagious, possessing the ability to transform their ideas into actions because others want to follow and help. Dr. Craig Collins, dean of the College of Arts & Media at Southeastern University, is one of those type people, constantly finding ways to elevate the image of the Lakeland […]

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 […]