Category Archives: Announcements


Polk BoCC Hosts First E-Town Hall Meeting

From the public notice:

Polk County Government officials invite citizens to participate in the upcoming Town Hall meeting — but they want you to stay home to do it.

The County’s innovative and cost-effective approach to the traditional forum provides citizens an opportunity to watch and interact electronically with County elected and appointed officials on a variety of topics. The Town Hall meeting takes place via computer on Thursday, September 17, starting with a variety of short videos about county services at 5:30 p.m., and the live program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

County commissioners and staff will conduct the meeting from the PGTV studio in the Neil Combee Administration Building in Bartow. Residents are encouraged to join the interactive dialogue by connecting to one of the following host sites:,,,,,,, Citizens will be able to watch the proceedings and submit questions or comments via a “chat” window. Residents may also submit questions or comments anytime throughout the day on September 17 at any of the host sites.

All five county commissioners are expected to attend the meeting, as well as County Manager Mike Herr, County Attorney Michael Craig, and other members of county management, who will be prepared to address citizen questions or concerns.

“This innovative approach to the Town Hall meeting process offers residents from throughout Polk County an opportunity to express their concerns or just ask a question about county government without leaving their homes,” said County Commission Chairman Sam Johnson. “It is a convenient and cost effective way to interact with citizens and have them interact with us.”

Residents without home computers can still interact online at one of the participating local libraries, which will have dedicated Town Hall systems available for patron use. The Winter Haven Library plans to set up a viewing room where residents can watch and interact on a larger monitor. Call the Library Cooperative at (863) 519-7958 to for a current list of participating libraries.

For detailed instructions on how to participate in the e-Town Hall meeting, visit the County website at and look for the e-Town Hall button on the home page.

CONTACT: Cindy Rodriguez, Polk County Communications Director
(863) 534-6090 office; (863) 559-7542 cell


BusinessPrep Workshop Offers Insight Into Economic Truths

Webster University instructor Arthur McKee was on hand at the September BusinessPrep workshop to provide an academic look into the realities of the economy. Focusing on the cyclical changes that economic systems face, McKee was positive about the future, but cautious.

By paying attention to global markets and the changes in American consumerism, McKee believes that the US will transition back to a manufacturing nation. As the markets stabilize, the possibility that foreign parts and products will increase in price grows. Couple that with increased transportation costs, and the necessity of US manufacturing and exports becomes apparent.

In the mean time, his advice to consumers is to pay down debt, own what you use and diversify investments internationally. For business owners, he suggests looking at suppliers and seeking a stable future with US manufacturers and export possibilities.

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Many thanks to Webster University for being a gracious host, and to Mr. McKee for some new perspectives on the economy. BusinessPrep won’t be back until 2010… see you then!


Fun! Fun! Fun Bike Center Motorsports Hosts September After Hours

You won’t want to miss this Thursday’s Business After Hours at Fun Bike Center Motorsports! With food and drinks from Mojo’s Winghouse and Papa John’s Pizza, and performances by Stunt Wars, we know we can count on the Fun BIke folks for a great time- and great networking! Plus, I’m told that there will be drink and appetizer specials at Mojo’s Winghouse for the un-official “After After Hours” party…


1845 E Memorial Blvd

Thursday, September 17, 2009

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

$10 members, $30 guests

Your R.S.V.P. is appreciated! Visit the Chamber Store to register and pay using your credit card or email to register and pay at the door.


2009 Polk County Veterans Day Celebration

Saturday, November 7, 2009

10am – 11am | Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Lakeland, FL.

11am – 12pm | Veterans Parade through Downtown Lakeland

12pm – 2pm  | Veterans Celebration at Munn Park in Downtown Lakeland.

The Ceremony guest speaker will be Admiral Norb Ryan (U.S.N. Ret.).  The Polk County Veterans Council will be dedicating a Veterans Organization Monument.  All of the great pomp and circumstance your can enjoy.

The Parade runs from Veterans Memorial Park through Downtown Lakeland and concludes at Munn Park.  Motorcycles, Fire Engines, Trikes, Segways and more are participating.

The Veterans Celebration is at the end of the Parade at Munn Park in D/T Lakeland.  Various Veterans Organizations will have displays at the park, such as, the American Legion Rides Rock Climbing Wall, the AMVETS Grill tent, the Cold War Veterans Berlin Wall Display, the U.S. Military Veterans Motorcycle Club’s Wreath Across America and much much more.

See the flier here


Thursday Breakfast to Answer Questions About Economy

Webster University professor and Financial Planner Arthur McKee will be on hand for this Thursday’s BusinessPrep Workshop. Join us to discuss the financial truths that transcend all economic environments and get the “big picture” that’s not always reported in the news.


101 W Main St, Suite 150

Thursday, September 10 | 7:30 a.m.

$15 members

Pre-register today by visiting the Chamber Store.