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Construction on Florida Poly’s Second Residence Hall Underway

Florida Polytechnic University is building a second on-campus residence hall for students, scheduled to be complete by fall 2016. Jacksonville-based Vestcor Communities, Inc. will build and operate the five-story, 135,000-square-foot dormitory with 539 beds, primarily in two-bedroom, one-bath suites. Community and University officials gathered Wednesday to mark an important construction milestone during a “Goin’ Vertical” […]

Florida Poly Hosts Part Two of #STEMTalks, a Google+ Hangout Series

WHAT: Florida Polytechnic University will host #STEMTalks: Rise of the Machines – Autonomous Vehicles, the second installment in a four-part virtual Google+ Hangout series.  The online event will feature a panel of industry experts and Florida Poly faculty to discuss the rise of self-driving cars, in-car intelligence, human factors and future innovations in machine intelligence. […]

Legoland can provide the building blocks of economic growth

If the most recent numbers hold, Gov. Rick Scott will get his wish to host more than 100 million tourists this year. Last month it was reported that a record-setting 54 million people had visited the state over the first six months of 2015. Thus, Scott’s goal seems easily within reach. Florida’s tourism industry has […]

Polk transportation planners seek comments on long-range plan

Polk transportation planners have put together a vision of what the county’s future transportation system could look like and now they’re looking for the public’s reaction. The plan called Momentum 2040 will be the topic of a meeting 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Ave. A NW. Additional meetings […]

Polk jobless rate drops to 6.4 percent

Florida’s unemployment rate saw a modest year-to-year decrease in August, while Polk County experienced a more significant dip. The state’s unemployment rate last month was 5.3 percent, which is a decrease from Florida’s 5.9 percent rate a year ago. It also lagged slightly behind the 5.1 percent national unemployment rate, according to data from the […]