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Downtown Lakeland Partnership Seeks Executive Director Applicants

Friday, May 19, 2017 (LAKELAND, FL) – The Downtown Lakeland Partnership is soliciting applications for the executive director position being vacated by Ellen Simms, whose retirement is effective May 31.

Interested applicants are asked to email a resume to the organization by June 2 at 5 p.m.

The DLP’s mission is to advocate for and promote Downtown Lakeland as an ideal location to shop, dine, work and play. It hosts monthly First Friday events, as well as Thursday Squared food truck rallies on the second Thursday of each month. The DLP is a membership-based organization that draws its strength from a diverse group of businesses and individuals. 

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for the executive director position, and a college degree – particularly a master’s degree in business administration is desired. The DLP’s Board of Directors also desires candidates with at least 10 years of senior management experience and a track record of effectively leading an organization.

The job description can be viewed in its entirety by visiting and clicking on the “News” section.

Send resumes to

Lorrie Delk Walker
Lorrie Walker Public Relations
Office: 863.614.0555 (preferred)
Mobile: 863.409.3034
Twitter: @PRLorrie



In July, a nominating committee headed by Chair-elect Weymon Snuggs (Citizens Bank and Trust) will begin work to nominate 12 new directors to serve a 3-year term on the Chamber’s Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2018.

Chamber members are asked to submit their name or names of active members in good-standing who possess outstanding leadership qualities and who demographically represent the membership of the organization.

Names of individuals will be submitted to the Nominating Committee, which is charged with selecting a representative slate of 12 directors to be presented to the membership for approval by September 1, 2017.

Names of proposed Board candidates should be submitted no later than Friday, July 7, 2017 to: Cory Skeates, President, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 3607, Lakeland, FL 33802-3607, by FAX: 683-7454, or by email: Questions regarding the nominations process may be directed to Cory at 688-8551, ext. 234 or at the above email address.

The membership of the Chamber is served by an elected 39-member Board of Directors and five ex officio members.

These dedicated volunteer leaders direct the governance of the Chamber and represent the interests of the membership.


Grasslands Campus Awarded Prestigious LEED Gold® Certification

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to announce its Grasslands Campus has earned LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“We are so proud that our team’s hard work on the new Grasslands Campus has earned LEED Gold certification,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “We look forward to providing the safest and highest quality care and experiences for the patients and families we serve in this beautiful and efficient venue for many years to come.”The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is a nationally recognized program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

The newly expanded Grassland Campus, 3030 Harden Blvd., is a medical home for patients seeking primary and specialty care. More than 30 physicians and their compassionate care teams provide expertise in such specialties as Primary Care; Ear, Nose & Throat; Obstetrics & Gynecology; Orthopedics; Pediatrics and Pulmonology. Grasslands also houses our physical rehabilitation program, with an expansive gym offering leading-edge therapy equipment and a 100-foot gait & safety system, dedicated pediatric gym, outdoor rehabilitation garden and state-of-the-art therapy pool. The design of the building was created with the concepts of “body, mind and soul” as part of the patient healing experience. Construction on the Grasslands Campus began in early 2015 and was completed in June 2016.

“We are grateful to our valuable design team partners and are proud to contribute to our local economy, investing in job creation as well as purchasing services and supplies from local vendors,” Dr. Thompson said.

“Demonstrating good stewardship of the resources entrusted to us by our community was an important part of our plans for the Grasslands Campus,” said Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Being responsible with our water, energy and building materials is just one way we commit ourselves to strengthening the health of our community.”

“Lakeland Regional Health Grasslands Campus LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, U.S. Green Building Council President and CEO. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize the built environment by providing everyone with healthy, green and high-performing buildings. The Grasslands Campus serves as a prime example of how the work of innovative building projects can use local solutions to make a global impact on the environment.”

In addition, the architecture and design firm for two Lakeland Regional Health projects recently earned design awards from The American Institute of Architects Orlando at its annual Awards for Design Banquet. HuntonBrady Architects of Orlando received the Built Award of Excellence for its work on the expansion and renovation of the Hollis Cancer Center and the Built Award of Honor for its work on the expanded Grasslands Campus.

Enhancements at the Hollis Cancer Center, 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd, include 40 new chemotherapy stations with lake views, pharmacy expansion, 250-seat teaching auditorium, additional parking, facility entry for stretchers and an intimate chapel area. Furr & Wegman Architects designed the state-of-the-art Campisi Family Auditorium.

“We are so proud our team members are being honored by the AIA Orlando for their outstanding designs,” said Steve Belflower, AIA, LEED AP, President of HuntonBrady Architects. “The Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center expansion was a gratifying project for our team, and the Grasslands Campus inspired us to find innovative ways to best facilitate patients going through the physical rehabilitation process.”

About Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group
Lakeland Regional Health is a not-for-profit healthcare system that constantly seeks to care for its patients in new places and new ways. It employs more than 120 physicians and a robust team of clinical leaders who provide primary and walk-in care, and practice in over 25 specialties at its Hollis Cancer Center, Family Health Center and convenient care locations throughout Polk County and surrounding areas. For more information about Lakeland Regional Health, visit



LAKELAND, FL (April 12, 2017) — Competition for the King of the Wings contest is heating up!  Last year’s winners – Mojo’s Wings, Burgers, Beer (winner of the 2016 Judges’ Choice King of the Wings) and Smokin’ Aces Bar-B-Q (winner of the 2016 Peoples’ Choice) have already committed to this year’s contest, along with several other local restaurants and caterers.

Each Spring for the last 18 years, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce hosts the Luau Business After Hours sponsored by Citizens Bank & Trust, to celebrate our business community and to offer a sampling of local tastes.  On Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, plan to enjoy an evening of sampling, sipping, and mingling “on the deck” at Citizens Bank & Trust downtown!

Mary Stephenson, Vice President and Mortgage Loan Officer, along with the staff at Citizens Bank & Trust Downtown help plan the annual event. “We love helping the Lakeland Chamber organize the event,” says Mary. “We are looking forward to another great event, with great food, music and guests. Citizens Bank & Trust is honored to serve as host and look forward to seeing over 700 members and guests and the opportunity to network with our community.”

The Lakeland Chamber expects a record crowd again– ready to sample and judge wings and other tasty foods! Each guest will cast his/her vote for the People’s King of the Wings, and an expertly appointed panel of judges will vote to determine the Judges’ King of the Wings!

King of the Wings Competitors:

Beef O’ Brady’s South Lakeland

Carter’s BBQ

Fred’s Market

Glory Days Grill

Miller’s Ale House


Smokey Bones

Smokin’ Aces BBQ


Food samples also provided by:  bd Mongolian Grill, Jet’s Pizza, Square 1 Burgers, and TooJay’s. Photo booth sponsored by Luis & Co.

Event Sponsors:

Presenting – Citizens Bank & Trust

Big Kahuna – Bernie Little Distributing, LLC

Tiki Sponsors – Republic Services, Southside Package & Lounge (Tuckers’), Spherion, and Whatever Tees Screen Printing and Embroidery


The casual, party atmosphere lends to productive networking.

This event is only $10 – chamber members and non-members.

Name:  18th Annual Luau Business After Hours hosted by Citizens Bank & Trust

Date:  April 20, 2017

Time:  5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

Location:  On the Deck at Citizens Bank and Trust, 402 S Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Contact Information:  Rebecca Fortier (863) 688-8551 ext 229, or

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce represents 1,700 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 Area 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 Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.


Orlando Magic Lakeland D-League Team to Make Special Announcement

WHAT: The Orlando Magic’s D-League Affiliate in Lakeland to Make Special Announcement

Announcement will be streamed live on Event not open to the public.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Crystal Lake Middle School, 2410 N. Crystal Lake Drive, Lakeland, Fla., 33801

WHO: NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner, Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins, Lakeland D-League President Shelly Wilkes

Media attending should arrive by 1 p.m. and check in through the school front office.

On Dec. 14, 2016, the Orlando Magic and the NBA Development League announced that the Magic purchased the Erie BayHawks with plans to relocate the team to Lakeland, Fla. and begin play during the 2017-18 season. With the purchase, the Magic became the 17th NBA team to own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate. The franchise will play its 24 home games at The Lakeland Center. The Magic’s Lakeland D-League season is made up of 50 regular-season games plus a postseason and runs from November to April.


Orlando’s NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic’s mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. The Magic have seen great success in a relatively short history, winning five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010) with seven 50-plus win seasons and capturing the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorship’s of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise and grants.

Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 100,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 7,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, with major support from OMYF over the last 27 years, more than $22 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, which serves at-risk youth. Ticket highlights for the Magic’s 2016-17 season in the Amway Center, honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 9,000 seats priced $50 or under.

For ticket information log on to or call 407-89MAGIC.