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Chamber Accepting Quotes for 2011 Newsletter Layout & Printing

Request for Quote

To: Chamber Members


Amy Wiggins

Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 3607

Lakeland, FL 33803

Subject: 2011 Forum for Business Monthly

Date: October 13, 2010

Return By:      Friday, October 22, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking quotes for the layout & printing of the 2011 Forum for Business Monthly.

Descriptions of the proposed project:


The design, monthly layout & monthly printing, cover to cover, of the 2011 Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Forum for Business Monthly.

To include, but not limited to, cover & page design, layout, coordination of ad placement, correction of photographs and printer coordination. Outline of monthly production schedule agreed upon at the start of the agreement.

Content provided by Chamber.


60 lb. gloss

Finished Size:

8.5” x 11”


Full CMYK Color


20 Page self-cover or 24 page self-cover

Please quote cost scenarios separately




3,500 booklets, 3,700 booklets, 3,900 booklets

Please provide cost scenarios separately


Blue line, cromalin or match print on color

Based upon the above specifications, you are invited to submit a proposal outlining the successful publication of the Chamber’s 2011 Forum for Business Monthly. Quotes may include services only, printing only or both, but design/layout must be quoted separately from printing.

Contractual responsibilities and obligations of both the publisher and the Chamber will be incorporated into an agreement that will be executed upon contract award.

Selection will be based on price, quality and timely availability of product.

If you would like a sample of one of our 2010 Forum for Business Monthly to familiarize you with the scope of the project, please email us or find the PDF file at

We look forward to reviewing your proposal and working with you on this significant Chamber project.

If you have any questions or concern please contact

Amy Wiggins

Vice President, Communications

(863) 688-8551, Ext. 229


Revena Thomas

Administrative Assistant, Communications

(863) 688-8551, Ext. 242

Proposals should be mailed or delivered to:

Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

Attn: Amy Wiggins

35 Lake Morton Drive

Lakeland, FL 33801


Politics in the Park Straw Poll Results Announced

There is much to be decided this November as citizens around Polk head to the polls. With a race for Governor, changing State competitions and very visible Congressional candidacies, voters are anxious for an opportunity to learn and decide.

Held every two years, Politics in the Park is a Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce tradition that brings the public together with the political process. Thursday, October 7, citizens descended on Munn Park in historic downtown Lakeland to mix and mingle with candidates and participate in a straw poll administered by the Polk County Supervisor of Elections Office.

The results of the straw poll:

Governor: Rick Scott – 61%, Alex Sink – 34%

US Senate: Marco Rubio – 67%, Kendrick Meek – 19%, Charlie Crist – 12%

US House, District 5: Richard Nugent – 57%, Jim Piccillo – 22%

US House, District 12: Dennis Ross – 70%, Lori Edwards – 23%

US House, District 15: Bill Posey – 55%, Shannon Roberts – 22%

Attorney General: Pam Bondi – 70%, Dan Gelber – 23%

Chief Financial Officer: Jeff Atwater – 65%, Loranne Ausley – 24%

Commissioner of Agriculture: Adam Putnam – 77%, Scott Maddox – 18%

Florida Senate: Rhonda Storms – 59%

Florida House, District 64: Kelli Stargel – 75%, Carol Castagnero – 16%

Florida House, District 65: John Wood – 63%, Joshua Davis – 14%

Florida House, District 66: Ben Albritton – 66%

Florida House, District 79: Mike Horner – 56%, Eddie Freeman – 18%

Polk County Commission, District 2: Melony Bell – 75%, Jacki Smith – 19%

Polk County Commission, District 4: Todd Dantzler – 60%, Jean Reed – 33%

Polk County School Board District 6: Margaret Lofton – 47%, Debra Wright – 40%

Amendment 1: Yes – 41%, No – 37%

Amendment 2: Yes – 57%, No – 24%

Amendment 4: No – 69%, Yes – 17%

Amendment 5: Yes – 44%, No – 33%

Amendment 6: Yes – 42%, No – 33%

Amendment 8: Yes – 49%, No – 31%

State Referendum: Yes – 48%, No – 28%

County Transportation Sales Tax: No – 42%, Yes – 36%

Property Tax Exemption: Yes – 46%, No – 32%

County Charter Review: Yes – 42%, No – 30%


Polk Vision Hosts Amendment 4 Forum October 4, Live Webcast Here

Polk Vision, Inc. is inviting the public to attend an informational forum on Amendment 4 on October 4, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. in the LTB Auditorium, PSC/USFP Lakeland Campus, 3433 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland.  Panelists for this forum include:  Pat Steed, Central Florida Regional Planning Council; Tom Patton, Central Florida Development Council, Inc.; Merle Bishop, Kimley-Horn and Associates; and Al Whittle, Community Volunteer.  Pat Steed will begin the forum with an overview of comprehensive plans to include data related specifically to Polk County.  Ms. Steed will be followed by Tom Patton discussing the potential ramifications of Amendment 4 on economic development initiatives within Polk County.  Merle Bishop and Al Whittle will provide additional insight both in opposition to and support of Amendment 4.  Audience members will be invited to ask questions of all the panelists.

The forum will be broadcast live on PGTV as well as in webinar format for community members wishing to participate remotely. No registration or fee is required to participate online in the interactive webcast.


Two New Exhibitions Opening At Polk Museum of Art

On October 2, Polk Museum of Art will open two new exhibitions in its main galleries, Visual Unity 2 and Eye See America: Through the Lens of Joshua Mann Pailet. Both exhibitions will remain on display through January 8, 2011.

Visual Unity 2 asks the question, “What happens when you partner 19 very different artists and tell them to make a piece of art together?” The artists were divided into nine teams and asked to create two collaborative pieces. In addition to those two pieces, a recent piece by each individual artist will be displayed as an example of their respective styles. Some of the teams are surprising combinations. For example, one team consists of a glass artist working with a photographer.

Artists included in the exhibition are: Rocky Bridges (Tarpon Springs, FL), Jill Cannady (Deland, FL), Richard Currier (Micco, FL), Edouard Duval-Carrié (Miami, FL), Monica Eastman (Plant City, FL), Ummarid “Tony” Eitharong (Orlando, FL), Susan Gott (Tampa, FL), Steven S. Gregory (Tampa, FL), Kirk ke Wang (Tampa, FL), Jeff League (Winter Park, FL), Monica Londoño (Sarasota, FL), Tim Ludwig (Deland, FL), Duncan McClellan (St. Petersburg, FL), Carol Mickett/Robert Stackhouse (St. Petersburg, FL), Leslie Neumann (Aripeka, FL), Tony Savoie (Orlando, FL), Lucia Taxdal (Winter Haven, FL), and Theo Wujcik (Tampa, FL).

The Museum partnered with local artist Rocky Bridges for this new take on the original Visual Unity exhibition hosted last year at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg. Bridges served as co-curator of the project with Adam Justice, Curator of Art, and Daniel E. Stetson, Executive Director.

Visual Unity 2 and its related educational programs are supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Eye See America: Through the Lens of Joshua Mann Pailet is a one-person exhibition of black and white photography by New Orleans artist and gallery owner, Joshua Mann Pailet. Pailet’s work is inspired by great photographers of the 20th century such as Dorothea Lange, Lee Friedlander, and Elliott Erwitt. The exhibition will feature 69 images spanning the early 1970s through 2010, with subjects including music concerts, American city streets, and New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina.

Pailet was born in New Orleans, raised in Baton Rouge, studied at Rice University in Houston, and then returned to New Orleans where he now owns and manages A Gallery for Fine Photography. His extensive travels across the varied landscapes of the United States have provided the people, places and events which became the subjects of his photographs. From his cross-country ride aboard the American Freedom Train in 1976 to his experiences in New Orleans post Katrina and the energy of rock’n’roll concerts, his images capture insights into the country’s recent history, its contemporary national identity and the people who help sustain it.

Pailet will speak about his work on Friday, October 1, at 12:15pm in the gallery with his exhibition. This lecture is open to the public and free with regular Museum admission.

A book documenting the exhibition is being published and will be for sale in the Museum Shop.

Eye See America: Through the Lens of Joshua Mann Pailet is sponsored by Peterson & Myers, P.A., and Robert and Malena Puterbaugh, with additional support from Fleetwing Corporation.

An opening reception in honor of both exhibitions will be held on Friday, October 1, at 6pm. Artist and Visual Unity 2 co-curator Rocky Bridges will introduce the exhibition and speak about the project at 6pm. A reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will follow at 7pm. The reception is open to the public and admission is free for Museum members or $10 for non-members. Joshua Mann Pailet will also be in attendance and available to sign copies of the book documenting his exhibition.


Polk Vision Hosts Amendment 4 Forum to Educate Voters

Plan to attend Polk Vision’s Amendment 4 Forum:

October 4 | 6:00 p.m.

Polk State College/USF Polytechnic Lakeland Campus

LTB Auditorium

3433 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland 33803

Amendment 4 proposes significant changes to the comprehensive planning processes of local governments. Polk Vision has organized this forum with speakers from both sides of the issue to offer residents an opportunity to ask questions, gain clarification and interact with the democratic process.

For more information on November 2010 ballot initiatives, visit

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce has taken a position against Amendment 4 and encourages voters to vote “No on 4“.