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CFDC Among Honorees for Extraordinary Work During Pandemic

At a time when Polk County is celebrating its highest level of employment and a low unemployment rate, CareerSource Polk honored awardees for their role in contributing to workforce and economic development initiatives.  CareerSource Polk, a non-profit workforce development board, honored several champions of economic prosperity during their Best Places to Work event. Included as […]

Margaritaville Enters Polk Market, Partnering with Cabana Club

Margaritaville is coming to Polk County, as Camp Margaritaville RV Resort and Cabana Cabins joining the Cabana Club RV Resort in Auburndale through a rebrand coming in early 2022. The addition of this notable brand will continue providing locals and cross-country travelers a way to unwind and enjoy a laid-back lifestyle in a high-class, luxury […]

Public-Private Partnership at Florida Poly Will Provide New Opportunities

Public-private partnerships have been around for years, but one kind is gaining more traction — that between universities and industries. Florida Polytechnic University, already on the cutting edge of STEM research, is now pushing forward with a new partnership to help continue to fuel innovation on its campus and in the surrounding Central Florida Innovation […]

Four Local People on TBBJ 40 Under 40 Lists

Four Polk County business people have been recognized for their accomplishments and leadership skills at a young age — all are under 40. Appearing on the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list are: Michelle Netwal, executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) at Bank of Central Florida. Chris Chambers, Security & Emergency […]

Destination Polk County – Florida Within Reach

Originally published on When your business has access to 10 million people within 100 miles while in an area with an alluring business climate and explosive population growth, success follows. There’s a reason why Publix Super Markets, Legoland Florida Resorts, Florida’s Natural, Nucor Steel Florida and Amazon Air all call Polk County home. Ideally […]

2020 Census Shows Population Growth in Polk County

According to the latest Census, Polk County grew faster than the state and the nation over the last decade, increasing in population 20.4% from 2010. That means we grew to 725,046 people, up from 602,095. That growth outpaced: Florida’s 15% increase. Nearly 21.5 million people now call Florida home, an increase of 2.7 million people […]

New Auburndale RV Resort Offers Amenities, Service and Location

The Cabana Club is changing the way RVers settle in for the night, offering a high-class, luxury resort that includes numerous amenities and the perfect location to travel to nearby tourist destinations. Randy Knapp, CEO of RLK Real Estate & Development, developed the 66-acre site near Lake Myrtle in Auburndale to attract those who arrive […]

The Ruthvens are to Warehousing like Publix is to Groceries

Joe P. Ruthven’s first crack at owning his own business, the OK Tires shop in Lakeland, may be why The Ruthvens remain committed to helping small and medium-size businesses find the perfect location to grow.  “We kind of always had our heart in it for the smaller guy, and it’s great to watch them grow,” […]

Local Colleges Providing Pipeline of Aviation Talent

The coronavirus changed almost every aspect of our lives in 2020, including air travel. But one thing remains: The need for pilots, airplane maintenance technicians and crew cabin members is great. Polk County’s colleges are preparing the next generation.  The 2020 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, a respected report in the industry, projects that in […]

Aviation Industry Continues Flying High in Polk County

With an economic impact of more than $1.5 billion, great weather, a talent pipeline and more, Polk County’s aviation industry is flying high as Aviation Day approaches on August 19. There are several reasons why Central Florida is a great place to become a pilot, the first: our four airports, each with its own niche. Lakeland […]