Category Archives: Economic Development

Merlin Entertainments Expands Operations in Winter Haven & Lake Wales

Additions to Include Global Support and North American Operations It’s another month and another announcement about Merlin Entertainments expanding their Central Florida presence (and we are all thankful for so much good news)! But this is HUGE news. Merlin Entertainments, the … Continue reading

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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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First Downtown Residential Development in 20 years – Now Leasing

  Raingarden Townhouse Apartments are now leasing. Last week I got the chance to take a sneak peek tour of these spacious and modern luxury apartments. The architect, Max Strang, began his career in Gene Leedy’s Winter Haven office and … Continue reading

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Chamber Board passes Resolution of Support for the Central Polk Parkway

At their October board meeting, the Chamber’s Board of Directors passed the following resolution on the Central Polk Parkway. A RESOLUTION OF THE GREATER WINTER HAVEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT OF THE CENTRAL POLK PARKWAY October 27, 2014 The … Continue reading

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Celebration of Winter Haven 2013-2014

This past Tuesday the Chamber held the 2014 Annual Meeting and the theme was It’s a New Dawn… It’s a New Day… It’s a New Life… And We’re Feeling Good! And after taking a look back at everything that has happened … Continue reading

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A Visual Reminder of the Importance of Planning

A few weeks ago, City Manager Deric Feacher gave a presentation to the chamber’s Young Professionals Group on the importance of planning and being civically engaged in the process within our community. To kick off the presentation he showed a … Continue reading

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CSX Intermodal Facility Drawing Attention From Potential Tenants

Repost from Tampa Bay Business Journal written by: Ashley Gurbal Kritzer In the less than two weeks that David Murphy has been marketing the Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center to potential tenants, interest has been high — higher than anticipated. … Continue reading

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Park View Hotel now Magnuson Grand Cypress Hotel

The Park View Hotel located just outside of LEGOLAND® Florida has new owners and a new name – the Magnuson Grand Cypress Hotel. The new owners, Cypress Gardens Resort, LLC (with Kamaljit Shergill listed as the authorized member according to, plan … Continue reading

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Vacant Albertson’s store soon to be occupied

CenterState Bank has announced the relocation of their Operations Center to the long vacant former Albertson’s location on the corner of HWY 17 and Havendale Blvd (directly behind the Racetrac). The bank entered a long-term lease for the 60,000 square … Continue reading

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Winter Haven – a Music City?

Many of you may not know this about Winter Haven, but we have a rich and diverse musical history! Today Main Street Winter Haven, Inc. announced a revival of one of the gems of our musical past – The Derry … Continue reading

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