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Polk County School Summit Webcast Live June 24

“Achieving the Vision”
Thursday, June 24
8:30 AM-12:00 PM

8:30 Opening Remarks: PCSB News Anchors
Invocation: Rev. Thomas Poole, Pastor, St. Marks A.M.E. Church
Pledge: Rachel, Denison Middle School

8:40 Welcome:
Horace West, Mayor, City of Haines City)
Introduction – In the Beginning…

8:45 Facilities Update
Larry Helton, Director of Planning and Concurrency, PCSB

8:55 Freshman Academies
David Lewis, Senior Director of Secondary Schools, PCSB

9:10 Follow the Money
Cristie DeVane, Senior Manager of School Technology Services
Jacquelyn Rose, Senior Coordinator for Media Services
Evelyn Hollen, Principal, Lincoln Academy
Art Martinez, Principal, Fort Meade Middle-Senior High
Sharon Neuman, Principal, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy
Lana Tatom, Principal, Kathleen Elementary School

9:35 Green Initiatives
William Garrett, Teacher, Roosevelt Academy
Molly Garrett, Teacher, Janie Howard Wilson Elementary
Scott Reeves, Waste and Recycling Specialist
Rodney Turner, Project Manager
Marvin Holt, Energy Education Specialist
Caroline Weaver, Energy Education Specialist
Richard Alderman, Director of Architectural Services

10:15 Ridge Career Center
Lisa Harden, Director, Ridge Career Center,

10:30 Eastside Elementary
Sharon Hartwig, Principal, Eastside Elementary

10:45 The Vision
Pat Steed, Ex Director, Central Florida Regional Planning Council
Larry Helton, Director of Planning and Concurrency, PCSB
Rob Davis, Director of Operations, Support Services, PCSB
Ana Martinez-Hubert, Principal Planner, Long Range Planning Division, Polk County
Sheri McInvale, Public Affairs Director, Polk Transit Authority
Jim DeGennaro, Senior Business Marketing Manager,
Central Florida Development Council

11:15 Audience Comments (questions from online participants welcome!)
Facilitator Ann Toney-Deal, City Manager, City of Haines City

11:45 Closing Comments
Fred Murphy, Assistant Superintendent, Facilities and
Operations and Support Services, PCSB

11:55 Coming Attractions – Davenport School of the Arts

12:00 Adjourn
PCSB News Anchors


Florida Sports Hall of Fame Grand Opening June 22 – Webcast Live Here

The Florida Sports Hall of Fame is coming to Polk County and it will open in grand fashion on June 22 as the building at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale that will house memorabilia from some of the biggest stars Florida sports has ever known officially opens. The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame will take place on Tuesday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale and will be followed by the induction of the 2010 Florida Sports Hall of Fame Class that evening at The Lakeland Center. The hall of fame will be open until 2:00 p.m. that day, closing in preparation for the induction at 6:15 p.m. that evening. Hall of Fame members scheduled to appear at the event include: Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Doug Sanders, Charlie Owens, Don Garlits, Fran Curci, Jimmy Carnes, Roger Strickland, Hubert Green, Pat Borders, Catie Condon and Ruth Alexander. “We are so excited to be able to share this grand opening with the Hall of Fame members, the people who make this new building what it is,” said Florida Sports Hall of Fame Chairman, Rick Dantzler. “This promises to be a star-studded, memorable event for everyone who attends,” Dantzler added.

Following the grand opening, four new members will be inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. The 2010 Florida Sports Hall of Fame class consists of Lake Wales native and baseball standout Pat Borders, Olympic gold medalist Catie Ball-Condon, long time sports columnist Jack Hairston, who will be inducted posthumously, and professional golfer Hubert Green. The induction ceremony, which will also feature the Polk County All Sports Awards, will be aired live on Bright House Sports Network.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing at 863-551-4750.

An initiative of the Central Florida Development Council and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, PCTSM is responsible for recruiting sporting events to Polk County and marketing the county as a venue for competitive sporting events and recreational sports such as golf, tennis, bicycling and water skiing/boating.

During the past year, more than 225 PCTSM-assisted events generated in excess of $125 million in economic benefits for Polk County. PCTSM is Florida’s only sports commission to have earned both the Florida Sports Foundation’s coveted “Sports Commission of the Year” and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports “Organization of the Year.” General information on sports in Polk County can be found by visiting the PCSM website at


County Needs Participants for Wetlands Focus Group

The Polk County Growth Management Department is forming a “Wetlands Focus Group” to assist staff in the review of proposed changes to current wetland policies. Participation is needed in this process! Topics of discussion will include: Development Review for Wetlands Impacts-Process and Issues; Wetlands Protection-Agency Roles; Proposed Changes to Wetland Policies; and Overview of Wetland Mitigation and Banking.

For those who can attend in person, the meetings will be held from 2:30-5:00 pm in the Polk County Commission Board Room (in Bartow) on the following dates: Tuesday, June 15; Monday, June 28; and Monday, July 12. To sign up for the focus group, go to and click on Planning Initiatives.

Those who cannot attend on location can still contribute via a live interactive webcast. By logging onto one of the internet host sites listed below, participants can watch the presentations and discussions — and submit their own comments and suggestions to the group. This is a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in the impact of wetlands in Polk County to engage – even if they aren’t in the area during the meetings!

No registration is required for this free interactive webcast. Host sites available include:,,,,,,,, or For more information about Polk County webinars: or call 863-534-5997.


ChamberPerks Discounts for Chamber Members: Spotlight Office Depot

Lakeland Chamber and Office Depot Partner on Discount Program

– Program participants will receive discounts, convenient shopping options and free next-day delivery.

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and Office Depot announced today a partnership providing Lakeland Chamber members a discount on Office Depot products and services. Participants of the program will benefit from reduced pricing on office supplies and services, four convenient methods of shopping, and free next-day delivery.

“The Lakeland Chamber is dedicated to building partnerships that will reduce costs for our members,” said Terry Ottinger, of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. “Partnering with Office Depot illustrates our commitment to doing everything we can for our members, so they can focus on growing their businesses.”

The Office Depot program includes the following benefits for Lakeland Chamber members:

  • Savings on more than 100 of the most-used office supplies on the Core Items List;
  • 30% discount on general office supplies featured on the Core List;
  • 15% discount on copy paper and toner supplies featured on the Core List;
  • 5% discount on all other Office Depot products*;
  • FREE next-day delivery (orders of $50 or more);
  • No sign up fees, no contracts, no minimums;
  • Shop online, in store, by phone or fax to receive discounts.


To sign up or to learn more about this program, please visit and click on the Chamber Perks button or contact Julia Levy at (813) 382-8535 or OR Brenton Lee at (813) 240-6469 or

*Some restrictions apply. 5% discount on 98% of Office Depot products.


Job Readiness & Top Hiring Strategies Webinar

Polk Works, in partnership with Polk Government Television (PGTV), will hold two live interactive webcasts on resumes and job interviewing skills on Wednesday, June 9, and Thursday, June 10, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Michelle Phillips, a Polk Works job readiness instructor with more than five years’ experience in career development, coaching and instruction, will conduct the webinars. Online participants will learn about resume writing, common job searching fears and how to answer difficult interview questions (“Tell me about yourself?”, “Why did you leave your last job?”, “What do you expect to be paid?” and “Why Should I Hire You?”).

Course materials will be posted online for easy access, use and downloading during the workshop. A course agenda is posted online with details about the topics to be covered over both days.

No registration is requred to participate in these free interactive webcasts! Simply log onto any of the following host sites:,,,,,,,,, or

For more information about job training workshops, contact Polk Works at 863-508-1100, ext. 3170. For more information about webinars and interactive webcasts, contact PGTV at 863-534-5997.

Polk Works is a private, non-profit administrator of workforce funds, whose mission is to be the innovative leader to ensure and sustain a quality workforce for today and the future. Polk Works offers equal opportunity programs, auxiliary aids and services that are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. They are a member of Employ Florida.For more information: