Category Archives: Perspective

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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Uncovering the values & priorities of our future

Last Thursday I had the privilege to be a participant in the Central Florida Regional Leadership Forum – Connecting Our Shared Values with Our Shared Future. This event was hosted by the Central Florida Partnership, an organization that describes itself as … Continue reading

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Register Now: East Polk Economic Summit 2013

You’re Invited … November 6, 7:30 a.m. The 10th Annual East Polk Economic Summit is an excellent chance to learn the latest national and local economic indicators. The Summit takes place in the Student Center on the Winter Haven campus of … Continue reading

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Perspectives from 2013 City Commission Candidates:

  Two Winter Haven residents are vying for City Commission Seat 5. Incumbent Steven Hunnicutt faces Candidate Debra Ogzewalla in the November 5 election. The Chamber will host a Candidate’s Forum on Wednesday morning, October 23 here in our Auditorium. RSVP … Continue reading

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10th Annual East Polk Economic Summit

Save the date:  November 6, 2013        7:30 a.m. Polk State College – Winter Haven Campus Student Center Start your day with both national and local perspectives on the economy and enjoy the beautiful campus at Polk State … Continue reading

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Gorilla Trekking … Chamber Member Mike Flood’s Experience …

MNR Electric’s Mike Flood (who also chairs the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee) is making the Africa visit of a life time. He shared his candid assessment (contains adult language) of his visit tracking gorillas in Rawanda. This account is lengthy … Continue reading

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City Position Re: The Landings

Much news has been generated of late regarding the impasse between the City of Winter Haven and the developers of The Landings project on the site of Chain of Lakes Stadium and the SW Complex. City Attorney, John Murphy, released … Continue reading

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Polk State: Half $ Billion Annual Impact

Polk State College boosts the economy of Polk County by nearly half a billion dollars each year, a study released Monday has found. Idaho-based Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl., (EMSI), conducted the study, as part of a broader examination of the … 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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Winter Haven Business Community Optimistic …

On the heels of this morning’s Ledger article on the economic outlook as LEGOLAND Florida celebrates its first birthday, the Chamber’s 2012 annual survey finds a growing optimism within the Winter Haven business community. Each June the Chamber conducts an … Continue reading

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