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Success Stories

Bartow Regional Medical Center Ranks High in Patient Satisfaction

When Phil Minden came to Polk County in January 2013 to oversee the operations of Bartow Regional Medical Center, he didn’t need to be convinced that the hospital should partner with the Central Florida Development Council. The convincing actually came during his previous post as an administrator at Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City. […]

City of Lakeland Reports Explosive Job Growth

Real job growth is happening in Lakeland, as indicated by Polk County’s steadily falling unemployment rate, but pinning down the jobs number for Polk’s largest city involves “a lot of moving pieces,” says Jason Willey, the city of Lakeland’s business development manager. What animates Willey are the job numbers he can pin down — and […]

Florida Power and Light Plans New Natural Gas Pipeline Project

Sometime in 2017, billions of cubic feet of natural gas will begin flowing from the middle of Alabama to southeast Florida, and the path with take it directly through Polk County in an underground, 600-foot-wide corridor. Polk is key in the construction of two major pipelines, costing about $3.5 billion combined that will supply the […]

Winter Haven Experiencing Explosive Growth Powered by More than $100 Million in Economic Investment

Decisions both grand and seemingly small in business and government have positioned greater Winter Haven well for robust and diversified economic growth for many years to come. Once identified largely as the home of the world-famous Cypress Gardens attraction, Winter Haven is a major draw for family tourism again as the host community for the […]

CNP Provides Effective Marketing for Top Area Firms

Anyone who traces the successful history of Clark/Nikdel/Powell back to its roots 25 years ago might quickly come to realize that the company has played an important role in local economic growth from the very beginning. “The very beginning” was about 22 years before the Winter Haven-based advertising agency became a financial investor with the […]

Medline Bringing New Distribution Center and 100 New Jobs to Auburndale

Medline, the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies and clinical solutions, today announced its purchase of 51 acres of land for a new distribution center in Auburndale. The facility is expected to bring 100 new jobs to the city. Construction will begin this fall on the 830,000 square foot medical supplies […]

City of Auburndale Planning for Major Growth Over the Next 20 Years

The pace of new commercial and residential construction in Auburndale has picked up considerably in recent months, but as robust as it is, it pales in comparison to the expectations city officials have for economic growth in the years just ahead. City leaders are pinning those expectations on two primary economic drivers — the Lake […]

Six/Ten Nurtures Economic Growth Through Strategic Investment

Six/Ten LLC Carl J. “Bud” Strang III knows a good investment when he sees — or even when he hears about it. As the chief executive officer of Six/Ten LLC in Winter Haven, Strang is principally involved in investing — in downtown commercial real estate and in a diverse number of innovative companies that are […]

Building On a Solid Foundation in Central Florida

Madrid Engineering Group Larry Madrid has built a successful career on improving the foundations for buildings, roads and other forms of public and private infrastructure. Today, he’s also working to improve the foundational underpinnings for robust economic growth in Polk County. Madrid is the owner of Bartow-based Madrid Engineering Group (MEG), a company he founded […]

Citizens Bank & Trust Celebrates Over 95 Years of Service to the Community

Citizens Bank & Trust If the walls of the original building for Citizens Bank & Trust could speak, they would tell a fascinating, almost-century-old story of Polk County business and economics. The story would include shorter tales about booms and busts, rip-roaring construction and building blips, citrus heydays and agricultural challenges, tourism peaks and valleys, […]