Lake Wales Economic Development Council News

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

Commercial Property Redevelopment And Re-Use Has Tremendous Upsides

Economic development — the concerted and coordinated effort to bring more businesses, industry, jobs, commerce and even vitality to a community or region — can happen in many ways.   When the phrase “economic development” comes up in casual conversation, often the first thought folks have is that of a large out-of-the area company announcing […]

Purchase of Former International Paper Plant Provides Great Start to 2018

In the economic arena, the arena that moves and motivates us here at the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council, the new year is off to a fantastic start! Nationally, regionally, and locally, the news now is very positive, and most signs have us expecting more great things ahead. Right here […]

Wintertime Expected To Bring A Flurry Of Building Activity Along U.S. 27 North

Like Santa’s elves, scurrying around busily to meet that critical Christmas Eve deadline — to the delight of good little boys and girls — scores of people in the construction trade are very busy in and for the area around Eagle Ridge Mall, north of Lake Wales. I’m thinking about planners, architects, surveyors, contractors, construction […]


With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, and with the spirit of thanksgiving a cornerstone of the holiday season, it’s a grand opportunity for my staff and I to publicly mention and thank many people and organizations that richly contribute time, talent, resources, and “heart” for the betterment of greater Lake Wales and, in many ways, […]

Behind the Scenes at the EDC, the Parts are Moving on Many Layers

Behind the scenes. In the realm of economic development, that’s where much of the action takes place.   Before the first spade of dirt is turned for a new restaurant or retail plaza, before the adult-size Erector Set first appears with engines roaring to set steel beams for a new warehouse or manufacturing plant, you […]


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

New Members

Recent Posts