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Citizens Bank & Trust Celebrates Over 95 Years of Service to the Community

Citizens Bank & Trust If the walls of the original building for Citizens Bank & Trust could speak, they would tell a fascinating, almost-century-old story of Polk County business and economics. The story would include shorter tales about booms and busts, rip-roaring construction and building blips, citrus heydays and agricultural challenges, tourism peaks and valleys, […]

A Local Warehousing Company Says ‘We’re in Good Company’

The Ruthvens If you visit a retailer most anywhere in Central Florida, find something you like and buy it, there’s a very good chance it was warehoused at least for a short time — and perhaps even produced — in a building owned and managed by The Ruthvens. Established in Lakeland in 1957 by Joe […]

Many Overseas Businesses Relocating To Polk County

The economy seems to be on the mend in Polk County, partially in thanks to businesses relocating to the area. But the relocations aren’t from nearby counties, or even states. Polk County has become a relocation destination for overseas businesses. There are an estimated 155 foreign-based businesses with owners who traded their homeland for a […]

CBC SRD Real Estate: Small Business Expansion Driving Area’s Growth

In his role as the Polk County Commission’s representative on the Executive Committee of the Central Florida Development Council (CFDC), Commissioner Todd Dantzler has the opportunity to speak with business leaders about the benefits of investing in the agency and its economic development work. It’s a pitch he took to his two partners in his […]

Construction on Florida Poly’s Second Residence Hall Underway

Florida Polytechnic University is building a second on-campus residence hall for students, scheduled to be complete by fall 2016. Jacksonville-based Vestcor Communities, Inc. will build and operate the five-story, 135,000-square-foot dormitory with 539 beds, primarily in two-bedroom, one-bath suites. Community and University officials gathered Wednesday to mark an important construction milestone during a “Goin’ Vertical” […]

Florida Poly Hosts Part Two of #STEMTalks, a Google+ Hangout Series

WHAT: Florida Polytechnic University will host #STEMTalks: Rise of the Machines – Autonomous Vehicles, the second installment in a four-part virtual Google+ Hangout series.  The online event will feature a panel of industry experts and Florida Poly faculty to discuss the rise of self-driving cars, in-car intelligence, human factors and future innovations in machine intelligence. […]

Legoland can provide the building blocks of economic growth

If the most recent numbers hold, Gov. Rick Scott will get his wish to host more than 100 million tourists this year. Last month it was reported that a record-setting 54 million people had visited the state over the first six months of 2015. Thus, Scott’s goal seems easily within reach. Florida’s tourism industry has […]

Polk transportation planners seek comments on long-range plan

Polk transportation planners have put together a vision of what the county’s future transportation system could look like and now they’re looking for the public’s reaction. The plan called Momentum 2040 will be the topic of a meeting 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Ave. A NW. Additional meetings […]

Polk jobless rate drops to 6.4 percent

Florida’s unemployment rate saw a modest year-to-year decrease in August, while Polk County experienced a more significant dip. The state’s unemployment rate last month was 5.3 percent, which is a decrease from Florida’s 5.9 percent rate a year ago. It also lagged slightly behind the 5.1 percent national unemployment rate, according to data from the […]