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Polk County Customer ePlan Training Dates

The County will hold a training for ePlan, Polk County’s web based Electronic Plan Review system (ProjectDox  a software produced by Avolve) in the GM Conference Room located on the 2nd floor of the Neil Combee Administration Building, 330 W Church St, Bartow Florida 33830 on the following dates and times.

October 11, 2011 – 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

October 14, 2011  – 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

October 17, 2011 – 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

To register for one of the training sessions, please contact Charlotte Fillmore at 863-534-6488 or

Who should attend?

A.            Contractors, Architects, Engineers, and/or anyone who submits plans to the Building Division to be reviewed by County Plans Examiners (such as staff in Building, Fire, etc.) prior to permit issuance.

Why would I submit plans electronically?

A.            Saves customers money.

·         Using digital files drastically reduces paper consumption and the cost to manage and store paper documents.

·         Reduces the number of trips clients need to make to submit and resubmit building plans and eliminating multiple blueprint submission sets.

·         Citizens have access (24/7) to a secure, fast and convenient system to submit/resubmit plans

·         Centralizing plans and documents gives complete visibility to all departments and stakeholders, reducing confusion as to what changes have been made, by whom and when

·          Parallel review facilitates increased communication, accuracy and reduces/shortens resubmission cycle(s)

·         Plan review from remote locations allows for telecommuting, trip reductions for citizens and couriers, energy and environmental conservation

·         Improved accuracy of the data being transmitted and contained on the plans and reduced numbers of permits and plans being filed by non-licensed architects, engineers or contractors

Is ePlan (ProjectDox) a secure web application?

A.            ePlan uses the same browser security deployed by online banking sites. When combined with network and application security best practices deployed by your jurisdiction, ProjectDox ePlan technology will provide a secure collaboration environment for the citizen and government project stakeholders.

For more information please contact Charlotte Fillmore at 863-534-6488 or or visit the ePlan website at


Blacklight Features the Whimsical Sculptures of Winter Haven Artist Al Kriston at FSC’s Melvin Gallery

Like three-dimensional line drawings, Al Kriston’s graceful and colorful sculptures of dancers, musicians, pedestrians and imaginative creatures will come to life in Blacklight, an exhibition of his works at Florida Southern College’s Melvin Gallery. The exhibition begins with a 7 p.m. reception on Sept. 30 at the Gallery and continues through Oct. 28. The Melvin Gallery is located next to Branscomb Auditorium on the FSC campus.

Most of the 12 pieces in Blacklight are rendered in stainless steel bar, which Kriston bends and welds to represent human figures in a variety of pastimes. The sculptures are covered in fluorescent paint and when illuminated with ultraviolet light, they come vibrantly alive. The exhibition also contains some of Kriston’s more traditional sculptures, including Reach, a nine-foot tall bronze created as a tribute to the astronauts of the space shuttle Challenger. The result is an exhibition that contrasts the human figure from solidly realistic to whimsically light.

Kriston is a self-taught artist who worked for years as a plasterer before devoting himself full-time to sculpture. His work has won awards and been displayed throughout Florida.

The Melvin Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday when the College is in session and also during selected events of the Festival of Fine Arts series.


BioFlorida Conference Comes to Tampa October 23

October 23 – 25, 2011

Marriott Tampa Waterside

700 South Florida Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602

(813) 221-4900

BioFlorida recognizes the need for developing a diverse, robust bioscience industry for Florida. The state’s economic development strategy is long-term in nature, and has helped to attract some of the most prestigious research institutes in the world to the Sunshine State. As these organizations ramp up their operations, there is a continued need for additional capital, skilled scientists, entrepreneurs and business assistance for early-stage companies that will ultimately create a sustainable industry. This is the critical next step in transforming Florida into a knowledge-based economy. This year’s Annual Conference is a three-day program with numerous features that make this the state’s premier bioscience business, investor and science conference.

Why Attend?

  • Unlimited FREE access to one-to-one meeting scheduling and detailed delegate profiles via
  • 12 companies presenting and engaging in dialogue with bioscience investors
  • 18 collaboration/partnering opportunity presentations
  • 4 world-renowned keynote speakers
  • 2 networking receptions with state and global bioscience leaders
  • 15 educational breakout sessions in BioBusiness, BioInvesting & BioScience
  • Dozens of investors & business development executives seeking the latest bioscience breakthroughs
  • 500 leaders in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, academic research and industry-related products & services
  • 2 scientific poster sessions
  • Over 100 job seekers and employers at the BioFlorida Institute Career Forum
  • 30+ exhibitors featuring industry-leading products & services

Important Dates:

August 26, 2011 – Early Bird Registration Cutoff

October 14, 2011 – Regular Registration Cutoff

To register, click here:

For more details on sponsorship opportunities, click here:


Victorian Tea October 7 Features Panel of Breast Health Experts

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lakeland Regional Cancer Center and Lakeland Regional Medical Center are sponsoring a Victorian Tea on Friday, October 7, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, located at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive in Lakeland.

Emceeing the event this year is Nancy Cattarius of Hall Communications.

Featured speakers include Dr. Shahla Masood, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology, University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, who will answer questions regarding the trends in breast cancer diagnosis and therapy.  Dr. Martha Lima, Radiologist, Radiology and Imaging Specialists, will provide guidance on new technology, especially as it pertains to positron emission mammography (PEM).  And former patient Jennifer Dennis will share her inspirational story.  The program will also feature a physician panel for questions and answers.

Registration opens at 1:00 p.m., and a Healthy Woman Expo will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. A variety of booths related to women’s health will be staffed to answer questions and provide information.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Registration is required by calling (863) 687-1400 by Thursday, October 6.  Light refreshments will be served during the program.

The Victorian Tea is funded by the Lakeland Regional Medical Center Foundation


InnerAct Alliance and Fred’s Southern Kitchen Team Up to Celebrate Family Day

Research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University has consistently found that children who have frequent family dinners are less likely to use marijuana, tobacco and drink alcohol.

Monday, September 26 will mark CASA’s 11th annual Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ celebration. Family Day is a national movement to inform parents that parental engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America’s children substance free and reminds parents that “Dinner Makes a Difference!”

InnerAct Alliance and StandUP Polk, the Coalition for a Drug-Free Polk, are proud to partner with Fred’s Southern Kitchen to celebrate Family Day! All 4 Fred’s Southern Kitchen locations in Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, and Plant City will offer a Family Day Special of a FREE KIDS BUFFET for every Adult Buffet purchased (children age 11 & under, limit one child per one adult in your party) from 4 PM until closing on September 26.

Family Dinners are the perfect time for parents to talk to their children and to listen to what’s on their mind, so come on down to Fred’s Southern Kitchen next Monday to show support for your kids and for the prevention effort.

For more information about Family Day, visit or call InnerAct Alliance at (863) 802-0777.