Lake Wales Economic Development Council News

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


Hundreds of business movers and shakers who knew little to nothing about greater Lake Wales just a few weeks ago now have our great community on their radar.   The Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council (EDC) had a significant presence May 22-15 during the RECon 2016, the world’s largest annual […]

The Opportunity for Home Builders is Great in Greater Lake Wales

There’s a need in greater Lake Wales, and it’s a need that presents a big and wonderful opportunity for the right company or companies willing to address it.   It’s a need borne of successful local economic development. It’s a need that can be economic development in its own right. It’s a need that can […]

CenterState Bank focuses on helping businesses and local economy grow

Residents and businesspeople in greater Lake Wales have several choices when it comes to local banking and lending institutions. Among them, CenterState Bank plays a valuable role as an investor partner and supporter of the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council.   CenterState was formed in Winter Haven in 2000 and […]

Retail Important to the Economic Development Mix

The main focus of most economic development efforts is to attract “primary jobs.” These are jobs that result from new industry, manufacturing plants, transportation hubs, warehousing and distribution operations, call centers, and large office complexes, just to name a few examples. Economic development doesn’t end there, however. Not by a long shot. Good economic development […]

The Lake Wales Story Goes on the Road to Attract New Business

In the highly competitive arena of business recruitment and economic development, mighty important tools include an office, computers, a website, email, current demographic data, a property inventory, marketing material, telephones, and a well-trained staff to answer those phones.   Equally important is “external outreach.” That’s shorthand for getting out of the office and meeting people […]


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