Category Archives: Economic Development

CSX Intermodal Facility – Fairburn, GA

At the beginning of this month I had the opportunity to travel with the Central Florida Development Council and a regional delegation of Polk County commissioners, City of Winter Haven and City of Lake Wales officials and business owners to … Continue reading

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Economic “Lift” Just Around the Corner …

Evansville Western Railway’s Integrated Rail Terminal begins operational shakedown. The approach to the new terminal is impressively long, lighted and landscaped to perfection in what used to be the hay fields of Winter Haven’s Wastewater Treatment Plant #3 south of the … Continue reading

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Six/Ten Announces “Raingarden Apartments”

Six/Ten, LLC,  announced today the official groundbreaking of a 9-unit apartment project in downtown Winter Haven. The project will be the first new residential project in the downtown area in more than 25 years. The apartments will be located on a … Continue reading

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Flat-Iron Project May Transform Two Downtown Blocks

With an eye toward social, environmental and economic synergies, the Tom Wolfe Company, LLC is designing a sustainable mixed-use building complex that would occupy the former site of the Hill Building, a short section of Avenue A, SW and the … Continue reading

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LEGOLAND Announces 152-Bed Hotel

Lakeside and onsite in the park the property is expected to open in 2015. The hotel is projected to create 250 jobs while under construction and employ 250 when it opens. The hotel’s site will connect to the main gate … Continue reading

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The Shape of Things to Come …

CSX subsidiary Evansville Western Railway continues development of the 318 acre Integrated Logistics Center terminal south of the city. The rail hub is expected to open in mid-2014. Photos courtesy of Ben Crosby

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Petr Named CFDC President

Leaving Winter Haven EDC Position Greg Littleton with Citizens Bank and Trust has led the team searching for the Central Florida Development Council’s new President.  After careful consideration from a short list of four candidates, he has announced David Petr … Continue reading

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Movement On The Landings …

As directed by the Winter Haven City Commission at the April 8 regular meeting, City Manager Deric C. Feacher has been in contact with Taylor Pursell, developer of the stalled Landings project.  Feacher will travel to Birmingham, Alabama to meet … Continue reading

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Graduate Polk … Taking Care of Unfinished Business …

Help Make a better workforce for our county … and your business! Graduate Polk, an initiative to increase college completion rates in the Lakeland/Winter Haven metro area, is being coordinated by Polk Vision and chair Dr. Naomi Boyer. In the … Continue reading

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240 Apartments Planned for Lake Dexter

BRS Acquisitions, Inc. has announced a 240-unit apartment complex on the southeastern shores of Lake Dexter off Cypress Gardens Boulevard. The parcel is just under 18 acres. Plans call for the property to be developed with up to 240 apartments in … Continue reading

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