Author Archives: Katie Worthington

Planning Commission Approves Two New “Artisan” Businesses

Last month the City Commission approved an ordinance that would allow for artisan businesses to establish in the downtown area. This was previously prohibited in the downtown district as they were considered manufacturers (to over-simplify: taking raw materials and converting … Continue reading

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Film Festival Celebrating Polk Artists and Beyond

The Ritz Theatre announces the 2015 Ritz International Film Festival being held June 19-21. This will be the third time the Ritz has hosted a film festival and continues to grow the festival. This year they will be accepting films … Continue reading

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2015 Banker’s Cup Citizens of the Year

Congratulations to the two recipients of the 2015 Banker’s Cup Citizens of the Year, Mrs. Audrey Nettlow and Mr. Bob Gernert. Read more about their many contributions to the Winter Haven community below.   2015 Woman of the Year: Mrs. … Continue reading

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Arts Incubator Coming to Winter Haven

A new arts incubator is coming to downtown Winter Haven through a partnership with four Chamber members: Polk State College, Polk Museum of Art, Six/Ten LLC and the Arts Ensemble Education Foundation. Official Press Release:  Arts Incubator: New Arts Ensemble … Continue reading

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Internationally Renowned Academic Program coming to WHHS

For several years (and maybe even before I became engaged in the local education discussion) parents, the business community and those in education advocacy and support groups have been discussing the expansion of academic programming at Winter Haven High School. … Continue reading

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Residential Real Estate Trends in Florida/Polk County

Recently, stats have come out about the status of the Florida real estate market. The following information was published through the Florida Market Reports through Florida Realtors and provided to us by the  chamber member MidFlorida Real Estate Sales and … Continue reading

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Protecting Access to Higher Education

Update as of 4-17-2015: In today’s Ledger you may have seen an article about it ( . While Senate Bill 1252 does appear to have stalled, there is still a possibility that Senator Negron will attempt to get these provisions, … Continue reading

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Planning, Planning, Planning

Sometimes I feel like a broken record with this “planning for our future” headline, but it underscores this critical point in time for Winter Haven. So many positives things are happening in and around our area with business expansion, business … Continue reading

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Advocacy 2015

This week Winter Haven joined a regional delegation of representatives to visit our elected officials in Tallahassee. Session started on March 3 and our state representatives and senators have just 60 days to submit their bills, vote, pass between houses … Continue reading

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Big News for Winter Haven High School

On Wednesday at the chamber’s Business Impact Breakfast: Focus on Education, Superintendent Katherine LeRoy made a big announcement – Winter Haven High School would be the first school in Polk County with Wall-to-Wall academies. This model is used in other … Continue reading

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