Investors Face Upcoming Deadline to Apply to Develop in Opportunity Zones

September 3, 2019 News, Success Stories

Investors are beginning to take notice of 19 “Opportunity Zones” in Polk County that are ripe for development. “We are working closely with a number of developers and businesses on advanced manufacturing, agri-tech and residential projects in four of Winter Haven’s Opportunity Zones,” said Bruce Lyon, president of the Winter Haven Economic Development Council. Because […]

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Services Keep Polk County Airports Flying High

August 21, 2019 News, Success Stories

Many people think of airports as places where planes take off and land. But there’s much more that happens at Polk County’s four local airports, all of which support aviation and the Polk County economy. For instance, Gulf Coast Avionics sells, installs and repairs aircraft electronics. “We bring in customers from all over the world […]

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Southeastern Student Credits Bartow High for Her Pre-Med Quest

August 15, 2019 News, Success Stories, Talent Pipeline

Yaliana Garcia, 19, moved to Polk County from Puerto Rico at the end of her junior year of high school. Even with such a short time here, she looks back at Bartow High School and its teachers as the reason she’s pursuing her dream to become a doctor. “I did not have the opportunity to […]

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Balmoral Resort the Jewel of Feltrim Development in Haines City

August 13, 2019 News, Success Stories

“I like Haines City and Polk County,” says Garrett Kenny. “There are tremendous growth opportunities here. Going back 15-16 years, I saw a lot of growth in the Interstate 4 and U.S. 27 corridors. Looking forward another 20 years, I see Polk County expanding a lot.” Garrett Kenny was at home in Ireland when he […]

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Nucor Steel Grows Its Own Electricians at Power Academy

August 12, 2019 News, Success Stories, Talent Pipeline

Nucor Steel, prides itself on empowering its employees to solve problems. When the company was having difficulty finding qualified electricians, their maintenance managers decided to work together to find a solution. Six years later, one of those solutions has been implemented locally and is helping one local teen prepare for his first full-time job at […]

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Polk County’s Fast Growth Brings Challenges and Opportunities

August 8, 2019 News, Success Stories

Polk County has seen fast growth in the last few years. In fact, Lakeland-Winter Haven ranked No. 4 on the U.S. Census’s Top 10 Metropolitan Areas in Percentage Growth list, with a 3.2% annual population increase from 2017 to 2018. According to the World Population Review, Polk County was home to more than 708,000 residents […]

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Florida Polytechnic Director Brings Prestige to University, Polk County

August 8, 2019 News, Success Stories, Talent Pipeline

Florida Polytechnic University’s dominance on the world autonomous vehicle stage continues to grow, a status that enhances all of Polk County. Dr. Rahul Razdan, senior director of special projects at Florida Poly and head of the university’s Advanced Mobility Institute (where AV technology is tested and validated), has been appointed to lead a new project […]

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Local Industry & Economic Development Leaders Call Paris Air Show a Success

July 29, 2019 News, Success Stories

Polk County international business development efforts considered a success at Paris Air Show. Aviation and economic development representatives who attended the Paris Air Show in June called the trip a success, giving Polk County a chance to “showcase our unique aviation footprint in the state of Florida,” according to Jake Polumbo, a retired Air Force […]

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Favorable Business Climate Fueling Growth in Polk County

July 26, 2019 News, Success Stories

At the heart of the I4 corridor, Polk County boosts new jobs and stronger industries powered by steadfast business climate. Business in Polk County has grown and diversified in the last decade. New jobs have been added in segments that once lagged. Now, some of those same segments are thriving in Polk County’s business climate. […]

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Students Work Towards Private Pilot’s License at Southeastern University

July 25, 2019 News, Success Stories, Talent Pipeline

Students from around the nation are flying high at Southeastern University this summer. For the first time, SEU is taking part in an Air Force Junior ROTC program that gives high school and college students a chance to earn their private pilot’s license in an eight-week program. Students will graduate on July 29th and receive […]

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