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Success Stories

Mulberry Embraces Rapid and Planned Growth

To say the City of Mulberry is at a crossroads would be wrong: Mulberry is the crossroad, and it’s embracing its position in Polk County and Central Florida. “Our location is ideal — the proximity to State Roads 60 and 37, and 60 going from one end of the state to the other,” said Mulberry […]

Five Reasons Why Sports Tourism is Important to Polk County

In Central Florida, when we think of tourism, we think of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Disney World, Universal Studios and the like. But sports is a growing market, and Polk County is at the heart of it all, whether it’s baseball, basketball, soccer, water skiing or something new. Sports tourism had an economic impact of $138 […]

Warehousing Still Going Strong in Polk County

With nearly 10 million people within 100 miles of the Polk County/Central Florida region, and roughly 20 million people within 200 miles, there’s no wonder why Polk is known as the logistics hub and THE place to build warehouses and distribution centers. For 60 years, The Ruthvens have been at the forefront of warehousing, and […]

Florida Poly Sees Growth, Excitement in Fifth Year

In five short years, Florida Polytechnic University, Florida’s 12th university has grown from a 170-acre field of green grass and palm trees to an international college with 1,424 students who are already making a difference in the world. “We accomplished so much in our first four years, from achieving regional accreditation to graduating our first […]

Partnerships Provide Bright Future for SunTrax, Auburndale, Florida Polytechnic

New toll technology, driverless cars, and developments in mass transit will be developed and tested right here in Polk County. And that has a number of people excited about the construction of SunTrax in Auburndale. The Florida Turnpike Enterprise is designing, building and funding the $42 million test track that borders the Polk Parkway, where […]

Saddle Creek Delivers What You Need

Saddle Creek Logistics Services prides itself on 52 years of serving Polk County and Central Florida’s needs, whether transportation, warehousing or supply chain related. The family-owned company that started with 12,000-square-feet of warehouse space now owns locations from the Northeast to California and south to its headquarters in Lakeland. The company focuses on four areas: […]

Polk trade alliance returns from Farnborough with new relationships

If Polk County wants to play on the world stage, it has to think globally. And that’s exactly what’s happening as part of the Central Florida Development Council’s Polk Global Trade Alliance initiative. About a year old, the alliance “aspires to be the prime catalyst for the growth of international trade in Central Florida, and […]

Southeastern University Staff Selected for Study in Spain Workshop

Southeastern University’s Rachel Roskoski, coordinator of Study Abroad, was selected earlier this spring to participate in the semiannual Study in Spain Workshop hosted by EduEspañia and ICEX Españia Exportación e Inversiones. Over the past two years, Roskoski has participated in the Polk Global Trade Alliance (PGTA), an initiative of the Central Florida Development Council. The […]

Catching Up with the Bus: Mass Transit in Polk County

As Polk County continues to grow, so does the need for a mass transit system that can transport people where they need to go while also reducing traffic on already crowded roads. The county and its 17 municipalities look to Tom Phillips, Executive Director of Citrus Connection, to keep track of the day-to-day operations while […]

CFDC promotion in Delta’s Sky magazine puts focus on Polk County

From tourism and energy to logistics and aviation, Polk County is perfectly situated along the high-tech Interstate 4 corridor to reap the benefits of continued growth not only here, but in surrounding counties and the state. Delta’s Sky magazine highlighted Florida and the Sunshine State’s growth in its May 2018 edition, and the Central Florida […]