Category Archives: Announcements

20Sep/18

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Opens Largest Pediatric Research and Education Building in Region

St. Petersburg, Fla. – September 20, 2018 – The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education building officially opened today, making it the largest pediatric research and teaching facility in the region. The research and education building will serve as a center for innovation in pediatric education and research. Located in the heart of St. Petersburg’s innovation district, the 225,000-square-foot facility will feature research, laboratory and state-of-the-art simulation training spaces as well as an expanded biorepository for the collection, processing and storing of millions of biospecimen samples. The new facility also includes space for the hospital’s graduate medical education program and a 250-seat auditorium.

“The Research and Education Building is bringing medical innovation to the St. Petersburg area and will unite some of the top researchers, educators and clinicians in health care,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “Everyone from our medical residents to scientists in this building will be focused on what we can all do to improve treatment and prevent diseases in children.”

The new building will also house the hospital’s institutes, focused on cancer and blood disorders, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neonatology and neurosciences. A new team of fundamental scientists will also join the organization, seeking to understand the origins of childhood diseases and how to prevent them. The hospital, now expanding its research arm with the opening of this new facility, is already home to more than 350 research studies.

Read more about Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education building.

View/download photos of the building:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/allchildrenshospital/albums/72157698263284932

View/download general b-roll of the hospital and new building: https://vimeo.com/190723646/2b4ebd0fb6

About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care focused solely on children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. With a network of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care centers and collaborative care provided by All Children’s Specialty Physicians at regional hospitals, Johns Hopkins All Children’s brings care closer to home. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital consistently keeps the patient and family at the center of care while continuing to expand its mission in treatment, research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit HopkinsAllChildrens.org.

20Sep/18

Citizens Bank & Trust Breaking Ground for 14th Location

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LAKELAND, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust is excited to host a ground-breaking ceremony for their newest office which will be located in South Lakeland.
The South Lakeland location will be joining the Bank’s 13 other offices, located in: Auburndale, Bartow, Chalet Suzanne Road, Downtown Lakeland, Dundee, Edgewood, Frostproof, Ft. Meade, Haines City, Lake Wales, Schalamar Creek, Winter Haven, and Winterset at High Pointe.
“We could not be more excited about expanding our services to South Lakeland”, Greg Littleton, Citizens Bank & Trust President.
The ground-breaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 26 at 8:30am at 5850 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33813.
The South Lakeland Office is expected to open early 2019.
Citizens Bank & Trust is a full service financial institution. In addition to business checking and savings plans, they also offer a wide range of loan products, as well as trust and investment services. As Polk County’s oldest community bank still in existence, Citizens continues to provide customers with high quality financial products and superior customer service. For more information on Citizens Bank & Trust visit www.citizens-bank.com; or contact Donovan Tinsley at Tinsley Creative, email: donovan@tinsleycreative.com; phone: 863-583-0081.

18Sep/18

Harrell Family Makes Significant Donation To Name and Create the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine

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Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health Foundation is pleased to announce receipt of a significant gift from the Harrell Family, designated for the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine.

“We are overwhelmed by the longstanding leadership and inspiring generosity shown to Lakeland Regional Health by Jack Harrell, Jr., his wife Tina, and the Harrell Family,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “The Harrells have shaped the future of healthcare for decades and we are deeply honored that they have chosen to continue this leadership through such an important investment in clinical care.”

The members of the Harrell family are longtime residents and business and civic leaders of Lakeland. Jack Harrell, Sr., and Jack Harrell, Jr., both served as Chairmen of the Lakeland Regional Medical Center/Lakeland Regional Health System Board of Directors, where Jack Harrell, Jr., presently serves as a Director.

Jack Harrell, Jr., received his education from Georgia Southern College. His community involvement and leadership roles include serving on the advisory boards for the Salvation Army, Youth for Christ, and Parker Street Ministries. He is also a member of the Florida Council of 100. In addition, Jack Harrell, Jr., is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harrell’s, LLC, a leader in the green industry and the premier producer of quality custom blended fertilizers and distributor of chemicals and grass seed for the golf course, sports turf, lawn care and horticulture industries.

“I am repeatedly amazed at the selfless dedication, commitment to quality, and attention to compassionate care shown by the Lakeland Regional Health team,” said Jack Harrell, Jr. “Our family has been blessed by the care we received over the years at Lakeland Regional Health, and we look forward to advancing the future of cardiovascular care in this community through our gift.”

The Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine will encompass life-saving cardiovascular healthcare services offered through three established Centers of Excellence and three future Centers of Excellence formed to provide the most advanced therapies and care possible to patients and families. The six Centers of Excellence are:

  • Harrell Heart Center – offering Heart Rhythm, Interventional Cardiology, Heart Valve, Structural Heart, Cardiovascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery Programs providing groundbreaking, less-invasive heart procedures.
  • Chest Pain Center – accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for using the most robust protocols and evidence-based science to systematically and effectively reduce treatment times for patients in the critical early stages of a heart attack.
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center – accredited by the Agency for Health Care Administration for the ability to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases, and home to Polk County’s only Biplanar Neurointerventional Suite to ensure optimum outcomes, shorter recovery times, and less pain and complications.
  • Center for Personalized and Preventative Cardiovascular Health – this future Center of Excellence will use personalized treatment and precision medicine to improve outcomes and enhance quality of care.
  • Heart Failure Center – this future Center of Excellence is dedicated to providing innovative treatments, optimizing health and improving quality of life for patients affected by heart failure.
  • Women’s Heart Disease Center – women often experience symptoms for heart disease different than those experienced by men. This future Center of Excellence will use evidence-based evaluation and personalized medicine to provide preventive care and treatment options and access to research and innovative programs focused on women’s heart health.

Lakeland Regional Health’s more than 30 years of experience providing advanced cardiovascular care is unmatched in Polk County. Lakeland Regional Health is home to Polk County’s only Hybrid Operating Rooms and Hybrid Catheterization Lab and was the first in the County to offer leading advances in treatment like the MitraClip®, WATCHMAN™ and Amulet devices. Its physicians have successfully performed more than 700 atrial fibrillation ablations and have inserted thousands of pacemakers. The Chest Pain Center is at the forefront of coordinating the timeliest acute heart attack care possible with Polk County’s Emergency Management Services. It consistently treats patients in 40 to 45 minutes, half the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care’s national benchmark of 90 minutes or less.

The Harrell Family previously named the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Courtyard of the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine, providing a beautifully landscaped rehabilitation space for patients and families to enjoy time in nature while practicing mobility.

“The Harrell Family truly understands what it means to place people at the heart of all they do. We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming generosity and support shown by the Harrell Family to Lakeland Regional Health for so many years,” said Timothy Boynton, Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Lakeland Regional Health Foundation.

As a not-for-profit healthcare organization, Lakeland Regional Health is committed to providing effective, safe, timely, efficient and equitable care, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for services. Contributions to the Lakeland Regional Health Foundation provide for advances that keep Lakeland Regional Health on the leading edge of services and technology.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center, the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

About Lakeland Regional Health Foundation

As a charity healthcare organization, Lakeland Regional Health is dedicated to providing effective, safe, timely, efficient and equitable care to all members of the communities it serves, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for services. The Lakeland Regional Health Foundation was created as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1971 to support Lakeland Regional Health’s work to deliver nationally recognized healthcare, strengthen the health of the community and advance the future of healthcare for those it serves. 100% of all donations are invested in clinical programs, facilities and equipment used to care for patients.

13Sep/18
Outrageous Competitions at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on 9/22/18.

Outrageous Oktoberfest-style Competitions at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest

LAKELAND, FL (September 13, 2018) — Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland will feature plenty of German cheer along with a variety of exciting games and competitions on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Old favorites and new exciting challenges await competitors. There are individual games along with a partner competition in the Outrageous Olympiad at the event. Participation in all the events is more important than ever because there are bragging rights on the line. The Games are open to all Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland guests and are free to play.

The Mustache (& Beard) Competition is sponsored by three local barbers – Lakeland Barber Company, Mason Danger Beard Co, and Skully’s Mobile Barber Shop. There will be a number of categories to compete in, depending on your facial follicle preference. The pre-judging Qualification is at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Official Mustache Competition at 8:00 p.m. The categories for the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest 2018 Mustache Competition are:  Natural Mustache, Freestyle Mustache, Natural Goatee, Freestyle Goatee (whether it’s a Fu Manchu, Musketeer, or your own styled creation this category is for you), Natural Full Beard (this category is sure to draw heated competition) and, Freestyle Full Beard. Prizes include Deluxe Beard Kits, T-shirts, and barber services.

How long can you hoist? Join us at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland 2018 for your chance to become the 2018 Stein Hoisting Champion! ?Do some quick curls, then come on out and try your hardest to hold up a stein mug filled with delicious Oktoberfest beer the longest! ?The game is simple, how long can you hold a glass stein filled to the brim with liquid and held by a straight ninety degree (90°) arm in front of entrant, parallel to the floor with elbows locked. Once entrant’s elbow bends or spills or drops the stein, the entrant loses the contest. Longest time wins the contest.

Looking to partner up? Grab a friend and toss the bratwurst for the Brat Toss. Teams must complete a toss to-and-fro and catch the Brat in their bucket. Careful not to break it as you may end up tossing twice as much. The team that tosses the Brat the farthest distance wins!

The Chicken Dance is a competition for everybody and there will be plenty of opportunities to shake your tail feathers. Throughout the evening, make sure to join in the dance when you hear the song. Don’t worry about looking silly – that is the point! It is important to dance whenever you can to make sure your team has the most dancers by the songs end to win.

The children will not be left out! At Kinder Platz on Kentucky Avenue, competitions include Ein, Zwei, Drei… Halt! – also called the “Number Game” – is similar to “Red Light, Green Light.” The Koffer Packen game in English is “Packing a Suitcase” and is similar to a memory game. Finally, a Root Beer Stein Obstacle Race is a test of speed versus patience. How fast can you run around the obstacle course, both hands full of root beer, without spilling any precious root beer? Each racer will run the course holding two Steins full of root beer, one in each hand! Be careful not to spill any root beer because each ounce lost adds one second to your time!

Outrageous Competitions at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on 9/22/18.

Outrageous Competitions at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on 9/22/18.

Registration for all games is on the event website: www.SwantoberFest.com under the “More” tab, and then select “Game-Rules.”

The complete event schedule is listed below:

?Event Schedule:

Main Stage, Outrageous Olympiad & Family Cool Garten by Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

5:00 PM – Official SwantoberFest Willkommen by Suncoast Credit Union & Beer Tapping by Swan Brewing

5:30 PM – Pre-judging qualification for Official Mustache Competition

6:00 PM – The Europa Band performs!

6:30 PM – Chicken Dance Competition

6:45 PM – Stein Hoisting Competition for Adults

7:30 PM – Brat Toss

7:45 PM – Champion Olympiad for Top 10 Winner

8:00 PM – Official Mustache Competition & Treasure Hunt Winner Announcement

Business Expo (Ausstellers)

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Exhibitors and vendors display their goods & services for the community

Autobahn by Fields Auto Group / Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) / Fields BMW Lakeland

5:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Open (Tennessee Ave)

Kinder Platz by 2Infinity Entertainment Center (Kentucky Ave)

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Open with Got Candy Root Beer Garden, Bungee-Run, and more!

5:15 PM – Ein, Zwei, Drei… Halt! Game

6:15 PM – Koffer Packen Game

7:15 pm – Root Beer Stein Obstacle Race

German Feast Tent hosted & operated by the North Lakeland Rotary Club and the Christina Lakeland Rotary Club

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Traditional Bratwursts & Pretzels available for purchase

Beverage Tent by Budweiser & Beck’s

5:00 PM – Bottled Water, Beer, and Cider for purchase

9:30 PM – Last call for beer and cider

Lakeland Chamber Tent

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Purchase beverage tickets, bottled water, information, and media credentials

Official T-Shirts available for purchase at the Boondock Studios tent

VIP Experience Tent by Swan Brewing

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Open for VIP pass-holders to relax

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – VIP Experience at Explorations V Children’s Museum

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Title Sponsor:  Suncoast Credit Union

Artist Sponsor:  Boondock Studios

Print Media Sponsor:  Ledger Media Group

Radio Media Sponsor:  WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Beverage Sponsor:  Bernie Little Distributors / Budweiser & Beck’s

German Feast Tent Sponsors:  Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Lakeland North Rotary Club

Food Sponsors:  Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Autobahn Sponsor:  Fields Auto Group – Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) and Fields BMW Lakeland

Family Cool Garten Sponsor:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Kinder Platz Sponsor:  2Infinity Entertainment Center

VIP Experience Sponsor:  Swan Brewing

Patron Sponsor:  Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Centers and Premier Party Rentals

Root Beer Garden Sponsor:  Got Candy & More Food Truck

Media Partners:  LkldNow.com, LKLD Haven Magazine, and The Ledger

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION SWANTOBERFEST

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. 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 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off! 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 https://bit.ly/2JlSL0m. To learn more about the event, visit the website at SwantoberFest.com.

 

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION 

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 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 785,000 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: suncoastcreditunion.com, Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU 

ABOUT THE LAKELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

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.

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13Sep/18
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Barks, Roots, Berries and Flowers: Local Food Truck Owner Brings Homemade Root Beer to Festival

LAKELAND, FL (September 13, 2018) – It is not often that you get to taste real root beer. We’re not talking about the root beer currently for sale on store shelves – those are fine root beers, but have you ever tasted the real stuff? When we were planning the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest – Lakeland’s inaugural Oktoberfest celebration – we wanted something unique and fun for our young guests. So, we approached Lea Williams, owner of Got Candy & More Food Truck, and presented her with the challenge. Immediately, Williams was on a mission to find the best recipe, ingredients, and carbonation. She tested and tweaked several recipes to find the perfect one. A month later, she had perfected her root beer recipe and we sampled it. Talk about flavor! This root beer was creamy with a little bit of kick, and super refreshing – Sody-licious Root Beer was born!

Williams is keeping her recipe close to the vest, but acknowledges that her root beer is brewed with organic barks, roots, berries, and flowers. Today, most of the root beers commercially produced use artificial flavors. The original ingredients are often hard to source, or are expensive.

William’s hand-crafted, small batch Sody-licious Root Beer will be available for purchase from her food truck at the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Admission to the event is free. In addition to her Root Beer, savory and sweet items will also be available for purchase. Visit Got Candy & More Food Truck between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the event.

This community-wide event in Munn Park is 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. This event will include German-style competitions, German food & drink, an Autobahn, Kinder Platz (for the young at heart), a Family Cool Garten, and live music by The Europa Band.

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Root Beer ingredients:  hop flowers, birch bark, sarsaparilla root, juniper berries

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Title Sponsor:  Suncoast Credit Union

Artist Sponsor:  Boondock Studios

Print Media Sponsor:  Ledger Media Group

Radio Media Sponsor:  WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Beverage Sponsor:  Bernie Little Distributors / Budweiser & Beck’s

German Feast Tent Sponsors:  Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Lakeland North Rotary Club

Food Sponsors:  Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Autobahn Sponsor:  Fields Auto Group – Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) and Fields BMW Lakeland

Family Cool Garten Sponsor:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Kinder Platz Sponsor:  2Infinity Entertainment Center

VIP Experience Sponsor:  Swan Brewing

Patron Sponsor:  Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Centers and Premier Party Rentals

Root Beer Garden Sponsor:  Got Candy & More Food Truck

Media Partners:  LkldNow.com, LKLD Haven Magazine, and The Lakelander

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION SWANTOBERFEST

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. 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 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off! 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 https://bit.ly/2JlSL0m. To learn more about the event, visit the website at SwantoberFest.com.

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION 

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 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 785,000 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: suncoastcreditunion.com, Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU 

ABOUT THE LAKELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

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.