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 â€œ…the importance of agriculture and ideas for its future.â€ 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.
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:
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.”
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
Senator JD Alexander
Senator Paula Dockery
Senator Ronda Storms
Representative Frank Attkisson
Representative Marty Bowen
Representative Seth McKeel
Representative Dennis Ross
Representative Baxter Troutman
Thank you again and have a great day.
Lakeland, FL â€“ 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
863-688-8551 ext 237
Administrative Assistant, Communication
863-688-8551 ext 242