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August 08, 2016
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.
July 22, 2016
Port Tampa Bay today officially commissioned its two new, post-Panamax gantry cranes today, amid an enthusiastic crowd of dignitaries and port customers.
June 02, 2016
Polk County manufacturing and other companies that want to take an international route to market and business growth soon will have a new partner in their corner. 
April 01, 2016
Lakeland Regional Health announced its Philanthropist of the Year and Advocate of the Year honorees during a special program this evening at the Hollis Cancer Center.
January 06, 2016
The economy seems to be on the mend in Polk County, partially in thanks to businesses relocating to the area. But the relocations aren't from nearby counties, or even states.
September 23, 2015
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. 
September 22, 2015
Expert panel will address the future of autonomous vehicles, machine intelligence and robotics.
September 22, 2015
If the most recent numbers hold, Gov. Rick Scott will get his wish to host more than 100 million tourists this year. 
September 22, 2015
Florida's unemployment rate saw a modest year-to-year decrease in August, while Polk County experienced a more significant dip.  County gains about 8,400 jobs from year ago...
September 17, 2015
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. Plan details funding priorities for roads, trails, transit...
September 17, 2015
Gov. Rick Scott today announced that Walmart Stores, Inc. (the world’s largest retailer) has chosen Davenport in Polk County as the site to build its newest e-commerce fulfillment centers.
September 15, 2015
U.S. consumer spending appeared to grow at a fairly healthy pace halfway through the third quarter, pointing to solid domestic demand that could persuade a cautious Federal Reserve to hike interest rates on Thursday.
September 10, 2015
Seretha S. Tinsley and E. Blake Paul – both long-time Polk County business and civic leaders – have been named to the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board, bringing a wealth of experience in leadership, entrepreneurship and community commitment to their roles.
September 09, 2015
Considering that it's been almost a decade since its inception, YLakeland was due for an upgrade.
September 09, 2015
Florida Southern College continues to rise in the rankings of the best Regional Colleges in the nation, according to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2016 guide book that was released today.
September 08, 2015
Welcome to Florida. For many small business owners and entrepreneurs moving into the Sunshine State that is a very warm welcome.
September 08, 2015
The traditional 75th anniversary gift is a diamond. But what do you get the ultra-successful grocery store that seemingly has everything when it turns 85?
September 08, 2015
Coming up with a concise job description for the heads of Polk County’s economic development councils can be tricky.
August 31, 2015
Jim Degennaro doesn't mind that thousands of working people in Polk County don't know he helped get them their jobs.

Seeing the results provides enough satisfaction.
August 31, 2015
Rain remains the biggest threat to Polk County as the remnants of Erika make their way into our area. 
August 31, 2015
A free program at Polk State College will allow participants to earn nationally recognized certifications in the booming manufactured construction industry.
August 27, 2015
During its meeting Wednesday in Gainesville, the State Board of Education (SBE) unanimously approved Polk State College’s plan to launch two new bachelor’s degrees in education.
August 26, 2015
U.S. home prices rose solidly in June, another sign of health in the housing market.
August 25, 2015
Florida Southern College opens its 132nd academic year Wednesday with the largest enrollment in school history, several newly created academic majors and a prominent addition to the campus architecture.
August 21, 2015
Once the holy grail of the dot-com boom and known for wild west business models, high-tech startups have recently taken on the air of respectability.
August 12, 2015
It was good news all around for the state’s housing market during the second quarter of 2015.
August 11, 2015
Florida Poly has accepted 10 to 15 students from countries as far as India, Haiti and Canada, said Scott Rhodes, the university's enrollment vice provost.
August 10, 2015
For its first foray into the Sunshine State, the world's largest online retailer decided to settle in Lakeland.
August 10, 2015
There will be a new bachelor’s degree program at Florida Southern College this fall that focuses on how businesses function in society as a whole.
August 06, 2015
A desire to boost local access to pediatric specialists and broaden what Lakeland Regional Health can offer is driving a new affiliation announced Wednesday by LRH and Nemours Children's Health System.
August 06, 2015
Legoland Florida reached a deal with Travelex to list its resort dollars on the exchange boards at 55 locations. It's the first time a theme park has had its currency listed on an outside exchange.
August 04, 2015
Amazon is set to double its Sunshine State workforce. On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott announced the addition of 2,000 new jobs at the state's two Amazon fulfillment centers in Lakeland and Ruskin.
August 04, 2015
Publix Super Markets Inc. experienced year-to-year gains in sales and net earnings during the second quarter of 2015.
August 04, 2015
For more than 75 years, A Basic Guide to Exporting has helped U.S. companies make their first international sale and grow their businesses through exporting.
August 03, 2015
Florida continued its strong job-creating streak between June 2014-June 2015, according to a mid-year update from Florida TaxWatch.
August 03, 2015
The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a series of Regional Workshops throughout the state in August and September of 2015.
August 03, 2015
Join us as GrowFL and the Central Florida Development Council host a Lunch and Learn event on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
July 30, 2015
Taxpayers in the Southwest Florida Water Management District can look forward to a slightly lower tax rate next year, the Governing Board voted Tuesday.
July 28, 2015
Publix shoppers from St. Petersburg to Brandon soon will be able to have their groceries delivered to their front door.
July 28, 2015
Discount Program Cuts Costs of Services and is open to all Polk residents, regardless of age, income or existing coverage.
July 24, 2015
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam found at least one satisfied customer Thursday during his Lakeland stopover at a free lunch program for disadvantaged children.
July 23, 2015
Reassured by Bartow City Commission support for development last month, Lakeland Regional Health said Wednesday it has completed buying 100 acres south of County Road 540A.
July 23, 2015
Florida's housing market saw yet another year-to-year increase in the number of closed sales and the median price of single-family homes last month.
July 17, 2015
Advanced manufacturing has been identified by industry, government, and academia as an important driver of future economic growth in the U.S. 
July 17, 2015
For the third consecutive year, Mulberry's property tax rate is going down.
July 16, 2015
The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation has received a $1 million challenge match contribution from an anonymous donor. The contribution will support student scholarships and the University’s mission.
July 15, 2015
County property owners can expect slightly higher tax bills and city residents can expect slightly lower taxes in next year's proposed $1.272 billion county budget, County Manager Jim Freeman said Tuesday.
July 15, 2015
Polk, Pasco and Sumter counties receive expertise to bolster economic development in their areas.
July 14, 2015
Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time earlier this spring, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal more risky for power generators.
July 13, 2015
Polk County Minority Vendor Day will take place Friday, July 31, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Polk State College's Lakeland campus, 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803.
July 09, 2015
The facility will employ between 400 and 625 people and the average annual wage is $42,087 dollars.
July 09, 2015
Boys and girls, oblivious to all else, stood enrapt: eyes focused, attention unwavering, thumbs hopping around the video game controller clutched in their hands.
July 07, 2015
It has officially been nearly two decades since shoppers of the world were introduced to the idea of buying books online.
July 06, 2015
This year's class of BusinessWoman of the Year finalists in the Technology and Economic Development categories represent executives from some of the region's largest companies and leaders trying to help launch the next big company.
July 02, 2015
Polk County's property values are up, but not as much as predicted a month ago.
July 01, 2015
Four career academies in the Polk County Public Schools system achieved a major goal at the end of the school year: earning national certification from the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC).
June 30, 2015
The company plans a customer contact center that will bring in about 400 jobs.
June 30, 2015
Lenihan gives us an introduction to CAAM and explains how it’s helping to build the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.
June 25, 2015
Fourteen area high school students will graduate from the third-annual Medical Engineering and Robotics Innovation for Tomorrow (MERIT) summer program on June 26, 2015.
June 25, 2015
Polk County's two public colleges will receive roughly $74 million in state funds for this upcoming school year.
June 25, 2015
The Poinciana Parkway is a $150 million, 10-mile toll road.
June 24, 2015
Polk commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to abolish the North Ridge Community Redevelopment Agency.
June 24, 2015
The Polk County Small Business Assistance Center is pleased to share the following opportunity to Polk County rural small businesses.
June 23, 2015
City and county governments in Polk issued 267 permits for single-family homes in May, a 12 percent improvement from May 2014.
June 23, 2015
Activities for the girls will include sessions on “The sweet side of chemistry,” learning about food chemistry in treats such as candy and chocolate; fossils and Florida’s ancient oceans; and the Japanese art of origami.
June 22, 2015
Supply chain management leaders from both academia and industry convened at the Polk State Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center earlier this month. Their objective: build connections.
June 19, 2015
Polk State College has a new flight-training provider for its thriving Aerospace Program.
June 18, 2015
Polk County will become a gateway to the United States with the addition of a new U.S. Customs office at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport early next year.
June 17, 2015
WTSP-Channel 10 has completed a pair of moves designed to make the television station a bigger player in Polk County by debuting its new Polk newsroom at Florida Southern College.
June 17, 2015
With just days left, the Florida Legislature has reached a deal on a nearly $79 billion budget. The final budget was delivered to legislators late Tuesday afternoon. Vote for passage expected Friday
June 16, 2015
In a particularly difficult year to find money in the state budget, state Rep. Ben Albritton managed to find $2.75 million in new money for the Florida Department of Citrus.
June 12, 2015
Polk State Aerospace students aren’t just learning how to fly and how to manage airports. They’re also participating in cutting-edge drone research.
June 12, 2015
Randy Knapp just finished just his fourth season growing blueberries in Florida, and he's still bullish on Florida's hottest agricultural commodity.
June 11, 2015
Florida citrus growers already face the lowest orange crop in 49 years and the smallest grapefruit harvest in 79 years in a non-hurricane season, but those totals won't be going any lower, at least for a month.
June 11, 2015
The change is mostly coming from banks and payment processing companies — Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
June 09, 2015
Legoland Florida has set an official opening date for its Heartlake City attraction: June 26.
June 09, 2015
Grocer comes in at No. 101 —an all-time company high.
June 08, 2015
The Medical Engineering and Robotics Innovation for Tomorrow (MERIT) summer program has returned to Florida Polytechnic University for a third year, offering 14 area high school participants an intensive hands-on learning experience.
June 08, 2015
Polk State College’s Respiratory Care Program will receive special recognition from its accrediting body next month for its success in preparing students for credentialing exams and the job market.
June 03, 2015
The deadline to submit applications for the CareerSource "Polk's Best Places to Work" awards is June 30.
June 02, 2015
Ridge Development announced Monday that construction has begun on a 245,000-square-foot distribution building at the new Lakeland Logistics Center.
May 29, 2015
Startup activity picked up last year, reversing a five-year decline in business formation in the U.S.
May 28, 2015
Flanked by some of the workers whose positions have been created during his tenure in office, Gov. Rick Scott visited Lakeland on Wednesday to praise the city's role in helping boost the state economy.
May 26, 2015
Florida's jobless rate is dipping slightly.
May 21, 2015
Based on an estimate of 90 million boxes of oranges and 11.8 million boxes of grapefruit next season.
May 20, 2015
Single-family home permits in Polk County continued their month-to-month climb for 2015, while still trailing slightly behind last year's numbers. April's 255 permits were 18.6% more than March.
May 20, 2015
A Central Florida technology research center could help launch the state's high-tech manufacturing industry and ignite economic growth, says Florida TaxWatch, an independent fiscal watchdog group.
May 19, 2015
Last month, Florida job seekers had the highest number of opportunities out of any April in a decade.
May 19, 2015
Madeline M. Pumariega, who has been serving as the executive officer for Take Stock in Children, has been named chancellor of the Florida College System.
May 19, 2015
Polk State College’s Aerospace program will host an open house event on June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Polk State Airside Center, 3515 Aviation Drive in South Lakeland.
May 18, 2015
Spherion Staffing Services, a local recruiting, staffing and workforce solutions provider backed by the resources of a $2 billion global workforce leader, announced today that Larry and David Miller, owners of the Lakeland, Sarasota, Ft. Myers and Naples offices in Florida, are recipients of the 2015 President’s Award.
May 18, 2015
For the first time, tourism tax collections in Polk County have eclipsed the $1 million mark in a single month, with Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing recording $1,152,195 in tourism taxes collected in March.
May 12, 2015
Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart will be the special guest at Polk State College’s College and Career Readiness Summit. The event takes place at 11 a.m. on May 21 in room LTB 1100 at Polk State Lakeland, 3425 Winter Lake Road. 
May 04, 2015
Until recently, the city's used water took a winding path to the Alafia River through a treatment plant, Lakeland Electric's MacIntosh power stations and the 1,600-acre wetlands system near Mulberry.
May 04, 2015
The city of Auburndale is hosting a free Hurricane Expo at the Auburndale Community Center on May 16.
May 01, 2015
Publix, the largest supermarket chain in Florida, partnered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' “Fresh From Florida” campaign for a record 1 million store ads. 
April 30, 2015
Duke Energy has been named to Greentech Media's Grid Edge 20 – recognizing the company as one of the most innovative firms working to architect the electric power industry's future.
April 29, 2015
U.S. home prices climbed at a faster pace in February than the previous month, driven by higher sales and a limited supply of available houses.
April 24, 2015
Legoland Florida is offering a sneak peek at its new 152-room resort hotel from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 10, just days before the scheduled opening.
April 24, 2015
Polk County isn't generally considered a major player in the international trade market. On Thursday, a group gathered in Lakeland to present the case for why that perception can — and should — change.
April 24, 2015
The Florida Citrus Commission approved the hiring of a new Inspector General during a telephonic meeting Friday morning.
April 23, 2015
Polk's housing market saw a significant year-to-year improvement during March. March sales are up 14.2% from a year ago and 33.5% from February
April 23, 2015
In an exclusive partnership with Aero Vodochody and Williams International, Draken International is now offering next generation upgrades on L-39 aircraft in the Americas.
April 22, 2015
On the final class day of its first academic year, Florida Polytechnic University has introduced the Phoenix as its official mascot. The concept was developed and voted on by students in the University’s inaugural class.
April 21, 2015
Aviation Event Will Feature 2 First-Rate Jet Teams This Week.
April 17, 2015
Permits for new single-family homes in Polk County held steady in March, reflecting a slow but steady recovery from the 2008 real estate crash.
April 17, 2015
Three Tampa Bay area firms were among the largest recipients of venture capital funding in Florida in the first quarter of 2015.
April 17, 2015
Florida Polytechnic University will unveil the school’s official mascot to hundreds of students and University supporters on Wednesday, April 22 during a special on-campus celebration.
April 16, 2015
Ava L. Parker, the chief operating officer at Florida Polytechnic University, has been named president of Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth.
April 14, 2015
To celebrate its 85th anniversary later this year, Publix Super Markets Inc. has decided to emphasize the lessons of its founder.
April 13, 2015
Congratulations to Lakeland Regional Health for being ranked number 28 on Forbes list of America’s Best Employers!
April 10, 2015
Input from more than 100 local business leaders will help officials at Florida Polytechnic University tweak the curriculum before fall classes start in August.
April 09, 2015
Polk County manufacturers participating in Career Fair on April 22 at Polk State Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center in Bartow, FL.
April 09, 2015
Plans for a major expansion of a city-sized subdivision north of Davenport received unanimous approval Wednesday from the Central Florida Regional Planning Council.
April 08, 2015
Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center to build an 85-acre medical campus along U.S. 98 on the city's north side
April 08, 2015
Union teachers could be looking forward to raises, planning time changes and new health clinics if they and the School Board approve contract changes this month.
April 07, 2015
Polk State College will host two Open House events for prospective students.
April 07, 2015
Polk Goes Global!  Join us to learn how your company can take advantage of international trade opportunities.
April 03, 2015
Dozens of industry-leading, high-tech companies will convene at Florida Polytechnic University on Wednesday, April 8.
April 03, 2015
Publix Super Markets ranked second overall in the latest annual supermarket survey by Consumer Reports.
April 02, 2015
A new fueling station in Mulberry is putting this working-class town on the cusp of a burgeoning technology in Polk County, and even the state.
March 31, 2015
More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, evidence that the spring buying season could open strong after sluggish sales for much of the winter.
March 24, 2015
Polk County's housing market kept chugging along in February, as sales increased and prices saw more growth.
March 24, 2015
A top official at Florida Polytechnic University said Monday she sees a lot of similarities between the research triangle in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill in North Carolina and what could potentially happen in Central Florida.
March 20, 2015
The Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida has approved Florida Polytechnic University’s 2016 Housing Plan. 
March 20, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given Florida researchers $7.3 million to help eradicate diseases, pests and other creepy crawlies that damage crops.
March 19, 2015
Sun 'n Fun is $225,000 closer to completing its unique educational facility.
March 17, 2015
Dundee Elementary Academy has Polk County's only WeatherSTEM program.
March 17, 2015
Chief Executive magazine recently ranked the best and worst states for business, and not surprisingly, the Sunshine State was recognized near the very top of the list.
March 16, 2015
The Polk County Small Business Assistance Center, Central Florida Score and the Bartow Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present the first SCORE Roundtable in Bartow on April 9th at 7:30am at the Bartow Chamber of Commerce conference room.
March 16, 2015
On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm, Florida Polytechnic University will host #TECHTalks, the second virtual event in a three-part series this spring. The event will be a Google+ Hangout featuring industry and faculty experts.
March 11, 2015
Ridge Career Center in Winter Haven will have a career fair and open house March 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
March 10, 2015
Florida Polytechnic University is one step closer to developing its official mascot. The school unveiled four final mascot concepts Monday afternoon.
March 09, 2015
The number of online job ads highlighting employment opportunities in Polk County increased significantly last month.  There were 7,167 online job ads from Polk County employers in February.
March 06, 2015
Even after the most vigorous three-month hiring spree in 17 years, U.S. employers are showing few signs of letting up.
March 05, 2015
Linda Larsen sported a hot pink bicycle helmet with a 5-foot spring topped with a glitter ball Thursday at Polk State College. This represented women's antennae.
March 04, 2015
About 24 percent of Polk's business revenue is ag-related.
March 03, 2015
Doctors want their operating rooms to have it all: the latest technology and imaging, easily accessible and combined in one room.
March 02, 2015
"First Step" Entrepreneurship workshop to be offered on March 19 at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce.
February 27, 2015
Ralph Allen, chairman of Lakeland-based Allen & Company, will be inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame on March 26. 
February 26, 2015
A-C-T Environmental and Infrastructure Inc. has ramped up hiring as part of its role in a major road project in Orlando.
February 25, 2015
A new "4-D" animated film based on characters from "The Lego Movie" will be showing at Legoland, Florida and other Legoland parks later this year.
February 24, 2015
Polk County Housing Market Sees Strong Start to 2015
February 23, 2015
Leadership Connect 2015, presented by the Winter Haven Economic Development Council (WHEDC), will take place Friday, February 27, 2015 at The Ritz Theatre in Winter Haven.
February 20, 2015
Polk County School Board members want to look into rezoning schools in response to $647 million in capital facility needs.
February 17, 2015
Florida attracted a record number of tourists in 2014, inching closer to an annual goal sought by Gov. Rick Scott.
February 14, 2015
Graduates of Polk State College’s AS degree programs earn more money in their 1st year than graduates of any other public college in the state.
February 13, 2015
The Mosaic Café officially opened at Florida Polytechnic University on Friday thanks to a naming gift from The Mosaic Company. 
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