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Success Stories

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, […]

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 Welcomes CNC Cabinetry to Polk County

CNC Cabinetry, a manufacturer and distributor of kitchen cabinets, countertops, bathroom vanities and vanity tops, moves to Central Florida in a big way. The new facility, a 110,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehousing facility in Davenport, is a huge step forward for the nationally known company headquartered in New Jersey. “We are pleased to welcome the new employer […]

Workforce Training Helps Job Seekers Prepare for Today’s Openings

Governor DeSantis could bring new support and enthusiasm for workforce training and development, something needed in Polk County and around Central Florida. “I have heard that he is an advocate for a strong economy, which means a strong workforce for vibrant business growth,” said Stacy Campbell-Domineck, president and CEO of CareerSource Polk, a “non-profit corporation […]

Citizens Bank Works for the People of Polk County

Strong, positive leadership focused on community as well as growth often propels local businesses to greatness, and such is the case with Citizens Bank & Trust. At the helm since 2001, President and CEO Greg Littleton has won the Banker’s Cup Award for his service to community and leadership. In addition, Citizens has been named […]

Dundee: A Small Town With Big-City Goals

Residential growth is the fuel that’s adding to the Town of Dundee’s fire, and the small East Polk County town hopes retail and commercial development will follow. “Permit activity continues to grow and new houses are being built throughout the town,” said Town Manager Deena Ware. “This construction is viewed as a positive economic indicator […]

Autonomous Technology Will Impact More Than Just Cars

The new Advanced Mobility Institute at Florida Polytechnic University will be a game-changer in the autonomous vehicle (AV) field, and in doing so is expected to diversify and boost the economy of Polk County and Central Florida. In its infancy, the new Advanced Mobility Institute (AMI) is “a research institute focused on solving the problems […]

Autonomous Vehicles: The Future of Driving and Central Florida’s Economy

It’s no secret that the new Advanced Mobility Institute at Florida Polytechnic University plays a role in researching autonomous vehicles, or, as most of us know them, driverless cars. But its focus spans much further, researching and testing experimental unmanned and connected systems technology in agriculture, senior-citizen and planned communities, public transportation and more. And […]

Growth in Auburndale is Powering Forward

Industrial growth is booming and residential growth is picking up, all of which means city officials in Auburndale, Florida are busy — and pleased. And they forecast even more development in the next five to 10 years in the city of almost 16,000 people in the north central portion of Polk County. “Expect to see […]