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Growers Optimistic about this Season’s Citrus Crop, Experiments

Florida citrus growers and industry leaders are optimistic about this season’s crop and the positive inroads being made fighting the dreaded citrus greening disease, which has wreaked havoc on production in recent years. Steven Callaham, chief executive officer of the Dundee Citrus Growers Association, is excited about the possibilities of the experimental CUPS project his […]

TECO’s Powerful Investment in the Community

TECO and TECO Peoples Gas do more than just keep the water hot and the stove burning for nearly 90,000 customers in Polk County: They also play an important role in the community. “We are strong community partners, and we sponsor a variety of events and groups within Polk County that reflect that mission,” said […]

Polk Graduates find Success Pursuing High Tech Studies

Margaret and Joanna Sands attended public schools for 12 years in Polk County, spending their formative high school years at Summerlin Academy in Bartow. The military school may have seemed like an odd choice for the STEM-oriented Winter Haven twins, but one thing attracted them: Japanese. “They ended up there because they got interested in […]

Future Medicines and Devices Emerge from Local Clinical Trials

Clinical trials produce new drugs that can slow the progress of cancer, boost the immune system and much more. But they also include less-significant but equally important advances that improve a cancer patient’s quality of life. Research into both and much more is taking place at The Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center in Lakeland. […]

CliftonLarsonAllen’s Innovation in Accounting

Most of us probably don’t consider accounting firms when we think about innovation, but that’s one word that’s always on the mind of CliftonLarsonAllen. As a full-service accounting firm, CliftonLarsonAllen is committed to innovation, their community and quality service to their clients. This profile piece highlights the work of one of Central Florida Development Council’s […]

Catapult 3.0 on Schedule to be Open for Polk Entrepreneurs

Excitement is building around Catapult 3.0 as construction begins in earnest at its location on Lake Mirror in Lakeland. The new version of Catapult is a bigger, better version than the one that opened five years ago in the basement of the Bank of America building on South Florida Avenue. The Lakeland Economic Development Council, […]

Florida Poly Expands with Second Academic Building

Looking to the future, Florida Polytechnic University is embarking on a two-year project to build a second academic building to continue to prepare the workforce of tomorrow for higher-wage, higher-skill jobs in a burgeoning tech-savvy county. The new 85,000-square-foot building dubbed the ARC — Applied Research Center — will “serve as a research hub for […]

Robotics could Propel Economic Development in Polk County

Robotics will be a pivotal economic driver of the future. Robotics could be Polk County’s next boon business, but it also could have the opposite effect, pushing some people out of their jobs. The Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA ranks third among large metro areas vulnerable to automation, according to Brookings Institution report called “Automation and Artificial […]

Famed Architects Leave a Legacy in Polk County

Three famed architects have their work on display in very public places in Polk County, giving local residents a chance to marvel at the success they found, inspiring others and beautifying our landscape in the process. Their names are familiar to many: Frank Lloyd Wright, Gene Leedy and Santiago Calatrava. Let’s take a closer look […]

CFDC Hiring Marketing Assistant

The Central Florida Development Council is seeking a high quality professional to join the team as a marketing assistant. The Marketing Assistant is responsible for implementing and monitoring the CFDC’s Marketing and Social Media strategy in order to increase brand awareness, improve marketing efforts and increase business recruitment. This position is responsible for tactically executing […]