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Teaching Students About the Global Marketplace is Critical in Today’s World

As the world moves beyond boundaries and becomes more and more global, educating our students to do business internationally is a key component in college classes. Educating Spanish-speaking residents is just as important. That’s why Teresa Martinez, executive editor of Viva Polk magazine and member of the Polk State College District Board of Trustees, asked […]

CFDC Hosts Workplace Wellness Webinar with Lakeland Regional Health

As organizations dealt with physical and mental illnesses during the pandemic, they learned from one another, keeping abreast of symptoms, recovery times, vaccines and more while also trying to offer employees a safe and understanding workplace. Although vaccines are being offered to just about everyone now, COVID-19 remains a factor in our daily lives, which […]

Public Health Week Highlights the Need to Build Bridges

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to play havoc with our daily lives, national Public Health Week — which runs from April 5-11 — is more important than ever, highlighting the importance of making our communities safe and healthy and uniting communities for a common goal. The American Public Health Association (APHA) kicks off this week […]

Growing and Thriving During the Pandemic

As 2020 changed the world and almost every part of our lives, businesses met challenges head-on. Some fell victim to the pandemic, but others thrived and are looking forward to continued growth and a strong 2021. “There were many businesses that continued to do well during COVID, such as our construction companies who have remained […]

Florida Poly and CFDC Partner on Business Resiliency Series

Business resiliency and recovery takes commitment, resources and time. It is a subject in which there is always something to learn. Building upon enhanced business resiliency services of the Central Florida Development Council and a long-standing partnership with Florida Polytechnic University, the two are pleased to present a Minority and Small Business Resilience series to […]

Polk Public Schools Academies Offer Technology Training to Prepare Students for Careers

Technology is critical in today’s workplace, but it’s no longer relegated to IT departments. Newsrooms, manufacturing plants, auto repair shops and almost every other business operating today all use technology. For this reason, Polk County Public Schools is helping prepare today’s students for entry into the workforce through a variety of academies. “We believe that […]

Economic Development Leaders: Nick Plott, TECO

Third in an occasional series Nick Plott likes working for a company that cares about its customers and employees, innovates and continues to make advancements as times change. Those are just a few reasons why he’s spent the last 11 years working for Tampa Electric (TECO) and People’s Gas in Polk County. A graduate of […]

National Ag Day 2021

Following a year in which the pandemic caused food insecurity for more people than ever, an estimated 17 million people, the Agriculture Council of America is focusing on “Food Brings Everyone to the Table” to celebrate National Agriculture Day on March 23. The objective of the 48th annual National Ag Day is “to celebrate agriculture […]

Economic Development Leaders: Emery Smith, Ben Hill Griffin Inc.

Second in an occasional series Emery Smith likes what he’s used to — citrus, Ben Hill Griffin Inc., and Central Florida. Together, they have an appeal that’s kept him close to his roots. He was born in Apopka but moved to Frostproof when he was in fifth grade, so he considers Frostproof home. His father […]

New Program Teaches Parents About Technology and Students About Nutrition

Polk Vision and Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) are teaching more than just students. Through a new pilot program at two elementary schools, the organizations are teaching parents how to better use technology to help their children while also helping themselves. While parents are learning about tech as part of the new Know & Grow […]