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Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty To Host I-4 Commercial Corridor Conference

cbLAKELAND, FL, June 29, 2018 — The 3rd Annual I-4 Commercial Corridor Conference presented by Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler (CBCSRD) will take place Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Florida Polytechnic University, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL.
The conference will address the latest commercial real estate and economic news and trends associated with the I-4 corridor, including insights and analysis from top market experts. At the iconic Florida Polytechnic University, this annual event provides a unique learning and networking opportunity.

The Tampa, Lakeland and Orlando metropolitan statistical areas make up the I-4 corridor.

The I-4 corridor, with almost 6.3 million people, is larger than the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro and larger than Atlanta.

The I-4 corridor’s growth rate is twice the national average and it is the fastest-growing major geography in the State.

There are over 20 million people within 5 hours of the center of the I-4 corridor and it is the center of economic opportunities in Florida.
“This event provides current updates on economic and growth trends for professionals, businesses and organizations working and developing in the I-4 corridor,” said Gary Ralston, managing partner of CBCSRD. “We bring together experts to provide relevant insights about the incredible opportunities and challenges associated with our expansive growth.”
The morning and afternoon sessions take advantage of the university setting with breakout sessions in classrooms allowing for focused discussion and interaction. The topics of these specialized discussions include:

Entertainment Panel

Industrial Panel

Land Panel

Commercial Lending

Equity Capital Sources

Technology Panel

Power Companies and Economic Impact

FDOT Test Track and FDOT Update

Keynote speakers for the event are Mike Grissom, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Florida and Jerry Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist & Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation.
Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty To Host I-4 Commercial Corridor Conference
3rd AnnualI-4 COMMERCIALCORRIDORCONFERENCEAUG 92018August 9, 2018 • Florida Polytechnic University •

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Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty (CBCSRD) is located at the center of Florida’s I-4 corridor. With intimate knowledge of local markets, a recognized national brand and global reach through Coldwell Banker Commercial offices worldwide, CBCSRD offers proven leadership and collaborative expertise. Founded by three highly-recognized CCIM-designated Florida brokers, the company brings together experts in all aspects of real estate. We provide services to land and commercial clients through both CBCSRD and our land brokerage, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate. For more information, please visit
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New Tourism Exhibit at Lake Wales Museum Featuring Old-Florida Tourist Stops Along US Highway 27

LAKE WALES, Florida – The Lake Wales Museum will host a new exhibit, “Little Slices of Heaven on US 27,” from July 10 – August 11, 2018.
Featuring old Florida tourist destinations along the state’s interior US Highway 27, this exhibit is a road trip down memory lane. Following the development of US 27 in 1926, which runs from Miami to Fort Wayne, Indiana, it was designated the Claude Pepper Memorial Highway by the State of Florida, who was a long-time US Senator and congressman. US 27 was the state’s principal highway for travelers to and from Florida. US Highway 27 is now one of the country’s oldest, historic highways.
“US Highway 27 is the backbone of Florida’s interior, and its history is intertwined with Polk County and the old-Florida tourism industry of the mid-twentieth century,” states, Bartholomew Delcamp, curator of the Lake Wales Museum.
The “Little Slices of Heaven on US 27” exhibit will highlight the unique tourist attractions which developed over the 20th century in Florida spanning 500 miles throughout the middle of the state from Tallahassee to Miami. Tourists and travelers made their way along the highway, stopping at funky attractions, animal shows, natural springs, citrus grove stands, famous restaurants, hotels and other quirky destinations. The exhibit is a visual road-trip through bygone Florida with photos, videos, memorabilia, artifacts and art on loan by Florida artists and area historical museums.
“It’s quirky, fun and what Florida summers are all about – hopping in the car for the day and finding little roadside treasures along the way,” says Jennifer D’hollander, director of the museum.”
The exhibit is produced by the South Florida State College Museum of Florida Art and Culture, where the debuted last month. It is now traveling throughout the state of Florida, and the Lake Wales Museum is the first stop. The exhibit is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Highlands County TDC.
About the Lake Wales Museum
The Lake Wales Museum features historical exhibits, train cars, educational programs and group tours, and is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is free and the first floor is accessible for persons with disabilities, wheelchairs and strollers. For more information contact the Lake Wales Museum, 325 S Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, Florida 33853; 863-676-1759 or visit



LAKELAND, FL (July 9, 2018) – Volunteers are needed for the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest hosted by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural event. Several different volunteer opportunities are available at the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest. This is a great opportunity to gain work experience, be part of the Lakeland Chamber networking environment, or to simply experience behind-the-scenes of setting up a major event and the planning that goes into it. Volunteer hours at the event may be used for service hours required by local schools. There are some volunteer opportunities at the Bier Garten Tent that require volunteers to be 21 years of age and older. Volunteer Application is online here or .

Lakeland residents will have a chance to celebrate Octoberfest-style in Munn Park in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs.  Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off!

The Lakeland Chamber is proud to announce Suncoast Credit Union as the title sponsor of Lakeland’s only Oktoberfest-themed celebration!  Like a traditional Oktoberfest, our event will offer sights, sounds, and tastes that are Bavarian-inspired.

“We are pleased to be the title sponsor of Lakeland’s SwantoberFest,” said Mary McDonald, Suncoast Credit Union Community Relations Director. “This event provides an opportunity for the community to come together, share its unique attributes and celebrate Lakeland, proud home of one of our newest Suncoast branches.”

This community-wide event in Munn Park will be free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting.  Activities include German-style competitions, treasure hunt, and live music by The Europa Band.  VIP passes will be available for an extra-special experience, including a Child’s VIP pass – think Root Beer Garden! To register as vendor-exhibitor at the event, please click here or at To learn more about the event, visit the website at

Title Sponsor:  Suncoast Credit Union

Exclusive Artist Sponsor:  Boondock Studios

Autobahn Sponsor: Fields Motorcars

Root Beer Garden Sponsor:  Got Candy & More

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Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the ninth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.1 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 65 full-service branches and serves more than 760,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit:, or @SuncoastCU.


The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.Suncoast Swantober Logo - white background


Health Care Industry Job Fair Thursday July 12 in Auburndale

Health Care Industry Job Fair Slated for Thursday in Auburndale

Polk County, Florida, July 6, 2018 – The Central Florida Media   Group will host the Central Florida Health Care Job Fair on Thursday, July 12   between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The job fair will be held at the Auburndale Community Center at   405 Bennett Street in Auburndale located one block north of Magnolia Avenue   US-92 West.

Top area healthcare employers are looking to fill a wide variety   of healthcare related positions including physical therapists, medical   assistants, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, licensed   practical nurses, occupational therapists, licensed health Insurance   representatives, home health aides and administrative staff.

The following employers will be participating in the event:    IMA Medical Center, Florida Cancer Specialist, Chapters Health System,   DaVita Medical Group, Solaris Healthcare, Brandywyne Health Care Center, Palm   Garden of Winter Haven, Winter Haven Health and Rehab, Ridge Technical   College, The Results Company, Centurion of Florida, Consulate Health Care, Jaycare A Palm Medical   Center, Health Care Advocates, and Helping Hands Nursing Services.

Employers will be looking to fill both entry-level and   experienced positions.  The Health Care Job Fair will also offer job   seekers looking to get started in the healthcare industry the opportunity to   explore training programs.

For more details about the event visit

About Central Florida Media Group

Central Florida Media Group is a marketing, advertising, and   publishing company located in Winter Haven, Fla. They publish seven   award-winning magazines, including Central Florida Health News, which   connects the consumer to the local healthcare community. For more   information, go to


Peace River Hosts Community Convening on Domestic Violence Survivors

peace riverPeace River Center would like to invite business owners, community partners, non-profits, and religious leaders to join them for a Community Convening to discuss how we can assist one another with the safety of domestic violence survivors in our county, and to exchange information & resources about our agencies.



WHEN: Monday, July 16, 10am-12pm

WHERE: Victim Services 1860 S Crystal Lake Dr Lakeland FL 33801

WHY: To educate, partner, connect, and bridge the gap!

RSVP: or call Ta’Nika Ellington 863-413-2708

Peace River Center (PRC) is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization striving to impact the lives of our clients and the community we serve by engaging, restoring, and empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential by offering a broad range of mental health, victim services and substance use disorder services throughout Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties.