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Using Technology to Keep the Arts Alive

Through the years, Lakeland has taken steps to connect art and people. But today, as the coronavirus continues to isolate so many of us, Lakeland’s arts community is turning to technology to keep people in tune with music, dance, film and more. We all know listening to a choir or a piano recital on an […]

The Lunz Group Offers Ideas on Managing Your Workspace During the Pandemic

As the county returns to work and businesses expand or locate here, making the best use of space during the COVID-19 pandemic is critical. The Lunz Group has ideas to help you make sure your workspace is as safe and functional as possible, whether you’re working in logistics, health care, entertainment or an office. Team […]

Peace River Citrus Products Expansion a Boon For Bartow and Polk County

One contract between two companies that operate worldwide has spurred a huge investment in Bartow, a boon for Polk County and the county seat. Peace River Citrus Products started work in June 2020 on a $98 million expansion at its Bartow processing plant, said Rob Clancey, president of the Bartow Economic Development Council. The expansion […]

New Financial Planning Company Cyndeo Connects with Clients

Clients come first at the newly formed Cyndeo Wealth Partners. Matt Kilgroe said he had worked in the “wirehouse” world, national brokerage firms that include UBS, for almost 30 years when a combination of “pushes and pulls” made the team want to leave and start Cyndeo Wealth Partners in St. Petersburg in June 2020. Cyndeo […]

Citrus Connection Eyes Expansion to Better Serve Polk County Residents

Like everyone, Citrus Connection has been adjusting to COVID-19, changing its service to adhere to strict guidelines and even handing out 30,000 masks at its Lakeland and Winter Haven terminals. Even though it has had to reduce service when the virus surged, it’s planning its expansion. The county’s mass transit system rolled out four initiatives […]

CFDC and Duke Energy Representatives Lead State’s Economic Development Council

Two people involved in economic development in Central Florida are leading the state’s premier membership organization for economic development professionals as it navigates the post-pandemic world and fights to restore the state’s Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund program. Marc Hoenstine, director of economic development for Duke Energy Florida, was elected chair of the Florida Economic […]

Downtown Lakeland Growth a Boon for City, Residents, Visitors

As cities continue to reopen in the wake of the coronavirus, work that had been put on hold is restarting — to the delight of everyone involved. Businessman Wesley Beck says developing downtown is great for the community. “Walkability is important. It’s a lifestyle to come to work, park your car, see your lawyer and […]

Advanced Manufacturing Growing in Polk County

Advanced manufacturing and the high-skill, high-wage jobs that come with it are finding their way to Polk County, further diversifying the economy and elevating wages. Winter Haven sold 77 acres of surplus land to Florida Can Manufacturing for $3.3 million so the Miami company, which also owns Florida Caribbean Distillers, a manufacturing and distilling company […]

CenterState Bank Merger is Good News For Polk County

Creating the eighth-largest banking company in the Southeast, the merger of CenterState Bank and South State Bank will allow CenterState, which is headquartered in Winter Haven, to provide more products and services to its clients. “Our merger of equals with South State Bank meant that CenterState Bank was on the forefront in creating one of […]

Companies Hope for Continued Technological Improvements in Solar 

The three largest energy providers in Polk County agree on one thing: The more advancements that are made in generating and storing solar energy, the more the renewable source will continue to grow. “Solar energy is important; it’s a cleaner source for getting energy,” said Lakeland Electric General Manager Joel Ivy. “But the intermittency of […]