Lake Wales Economic Development Council News

A monthly column exploring  issues that are important to the Lake Wales Economic Development community

Primed for the Future

If you’ve been keeping an eye on economic trends lately, you may have noticed that Florida has been shining bright on the national and international stage. Our state’s profile has skyrocketed thanks to a growing number of companies that are confirming the state’s potential and strategic advantage in the aviation and aerospace industries. And Lake […]

Investing in the Workforce

This month, a significant agreement was forged between Polk State College and Florida Polytechnic University. The arrangement establishes the first academic pathway for students to go from Polk State to the state’s only STEM-dedicated institution. This is the type of proactive, forward momentum that advances Polk education and builds our profile as a region with […]

The Road to Tomorrow

A recent article in Business Facilities called Florida an “economic super-state,” praising the way our state “excels at getting people, products and services anywhere.” The article went on to mention Polk County in particular the Intermodal Logistics Center in Winter Haven and the miles of railroad that far outnumber those in any other county throughout […]

Born From the Basics

I like to think of myself as an optimist. This is especially true in this column space, where I share the progress and victories of the Lake Wales Area Economic Development Council. And while the drive for success and forward momentum are important, I’m also a firm believer in the basics. Revisiting the fundamentals that […]

Real Estate Professionals are ‘Unsung Heroes’ in Economic Development

Real Estate Professionals are ‘Unsung Heroes’ in Economic Development I’ve said it often and focused on it previously in this column space, but it bears repeating: Economic development — successful and robust economic development — really is a team effort. It’s a fact borne out weekly. Though the EDC arm of the Lake Wales Area […]

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