Category Archives: Announcements

30Jun/08

Thank You’s

I wanted to say thank you to Lakeland Local for his post. We are still trying to feel out what exactly the blog will “look like”. My hope is that it will be ever evolving. In regards to other staff posting, I think that its a great idea. Now I must convince them.

I also wanted to thank Roy Lawson for our sole comment. He engaged in some very interesting commentary on blogging and what he would like to see happen here.

If you have ideas please let us know. Also, for those of you out there who have questions about blogging, or about implementing a blog, the Chamber is happy to be hosting the informal Polk County Bloggers for a meeting July 21st. The hope is to engage our businesses bloggers and hopefuls at a time that works well for them, lunch. Let me know if you will be coming with a comment or email and I will pass it on to the coordinators.

17Jun/08

Bright Ag Ideas – The Importance of Agriculture and Ideas for its Future

I had a friend pass me a link to an interesting website/blog: http://www.brightagideas.com. The site, founded by U.S. Congressman Adam Putnam, hopes to educate as well as foster meaningful dialog on “…the importance of agriculture and ideas for its future.” Agriculture is an important topic in Polk County and the Lakeland Chamber recognizes that importance and remains steadily involved. In February, Chairman Tim Campbell wrote a letter regarding IFAS (Institute of Food and Agriculture) Funding to Dr. J. Bernard Machen, President of the University of Florida. In the letter Mr. Campbell notes how important agriculture is to the State of Florida and in particular to Polk County. Mr. Campbell states, “While Lakeland has diversified its economic base and variety of businesses, the ancillary economic benefits from the range of agribusinesses in Polk County are extremely important to the City of Lakeland.” Agriculture is the second largest industry in the state providing nearly $100 billion annually and a site dedicated to ongoing related topics and the fostering of open communication is a great way to insure the long term commitment and understanding of how important agriculture is. So go take a look.

17Jun/08

New Credit Card Processing – QGIV

The Lakeland Chamber is trulytruely excited to announce that we are transitioning our credit card processing to QGIV. With this switch we are turning a corner in innovation, and hope to offer a much more fluid process for you to register for events and open up the opportunities to pay your invoices online by credit card or check. From their website:

“Qgiv is a complete turn-key online donation gateway that allows you to
instantly accept donations, recurring payments (pledging and tithing)
and payments for event registrations. Qgiv provides all the software,
sets up all merchant accounts and even takes care of making your Qgiv
Installation look and feel exactly like your website.”

The process has been streamlined so that we will have a link to payment & registration on the events we have posted, as well as being able to click on CHAMBER STORE on our website; or go here. Thanks to the entire QGIV staff for helping us take another innovative step forward!
11Jun/08

USF POLYTECHNIC GETS THE FUNDING!!!

What an exciting two days! Yesterday, Governor Crist signed SB 186, giving the new USF campus in Polk County autonomy and officially changing the name to USF Polytechnic. And moments ago, the Governor signed the state budget into law that allocates $15 million for the first phase of construction of the USF Polytechnic campus.

This is a major victory for our Polk County community! Please congratulate Dr. Marshall Goodman, David Steele and the entire USF team. Their vision and dedication are the reasons for this success. Our Polk delegation, especially Sen. JD Alexander and Rep. Seth McKeel, should be thanked for their tremendous support as well.

Also, thanks so much to all of you who communicated support to Governor Crist. We have been told that your emails made a substantial impact!

It’s a good day to be in Polk County! Go Bulls!

If you would like to email the Polk delegation and Governor Crist, their emails are below:

Governor Charlie Crist

governorcharliecrist@myflorida.com

Senator JD Alexander

alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Paula Dockery

dockery.paula.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Ronda Storms

storms.ronda.web@flsenate.gov

Representative Frank Attkisson

frank.attkisson@myfloridahouse.gov

Representative Marty Bowen

marty.bowen@myfloridahouse.gov

Representative Seth McKeel

seth.mckeel@myfloridahouse.gov

Representative Dennis Ross

dennis.ross@myfloridahouse.gov

Representative Baxter Troutman

baxter.troutman@myfloridahouse.gov

Thank you again and have a great day.

15May/08

The Lakeland Chamber Blog

Lakeland, FL – The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that it is launching its blog. The Chamber hopes that the blog will increase awareness, and timeliness of its information to its members and the community at large. The blog address will be http://blog.lakelandchamber.com . The Chamber is excited to be joining the growing community of informed citizens that is generating a greater sense of place here in the Lakeland area. We look forward to your interest and thoughts.

For more information please contact:

Aaron J. Bates
Vice President, Communication
Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
abates@lakelandchamber.com
863-688-8551 ext 237

Or

Angela McLacklan
Administrative Assistant, Communication
amclacklan@lakelandchamber.com
863-688-8551 ext 242