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New City Manager Infusing Energy, Customer Service Focus in Lake Wales

With renewed commitment to customers and enough energy to move all projects from idea to fruition, the City of Lake Wales is striking gold on many fronts. “We want to get the word out about the good work we are doing in Lakes Wales,” said James Slaton, an 18-year city employee who worked his way […]

Polk County, Cities Look to New Year with Eye Toward Progress

In a year consumed by a pandemic, unrest, the presidential election and myriad other things that easily could have distracted the best of us, our county and city managers kept their collective eyes trained on the future, making progress when they could have been forgiven for just keeping the boat steady. Now, they are looking […]

Polk County Plans for the Future as People Move Here in Droves

Polk County’s business-friendly atmosphere, inviting communities, sunny days and quality of life continue to attract new residents, ranking Polk No. 1 in Florida’s net migration – people moving here from other states. Polk County ranked No. 8 in net migration in the country, drawing more than 17,000 people in a year. The county has grown […]

TECO Companies to Provide $1 Million to Customers in Need

TECO has donated a total of $2 million to support customers affected by the pandemic. To help the community during this unprecedented year, Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are granting $1 million in bill credits to customers in need. A one-time $85 bill credit will appear on January bills for residential customers who have […]

NYT Best-Selling Author Will Speak on the Business of Being Creative at SEU Conference

New York Times best-selling author Austin Kleon will headline Southeastern University’s College of Arts & Media’s virtual Expressions Storytelling Institute and Writers’ Conference in January. “This year, the focus is on the business of being creative, and we tried to find somebody who could touch as many audiences as possible,” said Hannah Benefield, a creative […]

CFDC Announces New Officers, Board Members for 2020-2021

Two new board members are joining the new chair, vice-chair and secretary/treasurer to work with the Central Florida Development Council as it continues its mission to attract new industries to the area and help ones already here grow. Polk State College President Angela Garcia Falconetti became chair of the CFDC’s board of directors at its […]

Industry Innovation Expected through Florida Poly’s New Health Systems Engineering Program

Health systems engineering is the wave of the future — one that will help increase access to medical care, introduce efficiencies and improve patient care — and Florida Polytechnic University is once again on the cutting edge. The university is starting a new undergraduate concentration in health systems engineering (HSE), combining the STEM discipline Florida […]

BayCare Facilities Provide $800 Million Economic Impact to Polk County

BayCare’s medical facilities in Polk County have an almost $800 million economic impact, according to a 2020 study from the economic consulting firm Washington Economics Group (WEG). “BayCare’s economic impact in Polk County has continued to increase with $799 million annually, a 48% increase from 2016,” said Vjollca “Viola” Hysenlika, communications strategist for BayCare Health […]

New Pipeline Program Prepares Florida Poly Students for High-Tech Careers in the Navy

Florida Polytechnic University is breaking new ground, preparing students to enter the U.S. Navy in fields that put their STEM degrees to good use — all surrounding nuclear propulsion. “Motivated students coming out of high school not only need to be made aware of these career programs but need to be mentored, trained and engaged […]

Fort Meade Uses Strategic Economic Plan to Chart its Future

Fort Meade may be the oldest city in Polk County, but it’s up and coming right now, assisted by a progressive city manager, an energized community, state and federal grants, and a little help from its partners. City Manager Danielle Judd arrived 18 months ago and started making things happen quickly with the help of […]