Category Archives: Announcements


2010 Census: It’s in Our Hands!

Census Web U.S. Census Bureau |

1366 Ariana St | (863) 450-3630

The United States Census Bureau’s Lakeland office is in charge of conducting the 2010 Census for all of Polk and Highlands Counties. The goal of the 2010 Census is to count every individual residing in the United States, count them only once and count them in the right place. This is a massive operation that will require the collaboration and support of local government, businesses, organizations and individuals from every sector of society.

Census data will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for things like:
  • Hospitals
  • Job training centers
  • Schools
  • Senior centers
  • Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects
  • Emergency services

The data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. That’s why it is essential for everyone to fill out and return their Census Questionnaires.

The Lakeland Local Census Office will also be hiring over 1300 temporary employees. For information about Census Jobs, please call 1-866-861-2010.


Shoot Straight Lakeland Celebrates Grand Opening

ShootStraight Web Shoot Straight Lakeland |

230 N Lake Parker Ave | (863) 937-8021

Shoot Straight Lakeland, 230 N. Lake Parker Ave., is part of the larger Shoot Straight family which is composed of Shoot Straight Florida which is the traveling Gun Show sales arm that attends approximately 40 Gun Shows around Florida each year, and Shoot Straight Apopka, Shoot Straight Casselberry and Shoot Straight Tampa which are brick and mortar stores, each featuring retail sales and service and indoor shooting ranges. Coming in early March is Shoot Straight Ft. Myers and planned for late 2010 is Shoot Straight West Palm Beach.

Shoot Straight Lakeland is locally owned and operated and the newest Shoot Straight store. It opened its doors to the public on November 23, 2009. The store has a state of the art indoor shooting range featuring an automatic target system and excellent ventilation system for your shooting comfort. The range has 9 pistol lanes and 3 rifle lanes all of which are up to 25 yards. You can shoot by the hour, have a monthly membership or an annual individual or family membership. There is 3,500 sq. ft. of retail space where we sell handguns, rifles, shotguns and tactical firearms; accessories, including optics, lights, lasers, tactical, cleaning supplies and both hard and soft firearm cases; knives; small and full size gun safes; and ammunition of all types and most calibers. The store has an indoor classroom where we teach both Introduction to Firearms and Concealed Weapon Permit classes. We also have on site a Certified Gunsmith who can repair, clean or enhance your firearm with different sights, magazine releases, slide releases and grips. And, for those who are hard to shop for or when you need that last minute item, we have Gift Cards.

We are family friendly and want you to have a good experience each and every time you visit Shoot Straight Lakeland.

We are located at 230 N. Lake Parker Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801. You can reach us by phone at 863-937-8021, by email: , on the web at , or follow us on Twitter or Facebook where we post daily information and sales specials.

Shoot Straight Lakeland is happy to be part of the downtown Lakeland business community.


Santa Fe Catholic High School Opens New Science Labs & Art Workshop

Santa WebSanta Fe Catholic High School |

3110 US Highway 92 E | (863) 665-4188

“Take Stock in Science” Campaign

Although Santa Fe has always offered a wide range of science courses, we wanted to increase those opportunities for our students. During the spring of 2008 efforts were made to begin a campaign, “Take Stock in Science,” to upgrade and renovate the chemistry lab, the integrated science room, and the physics and anatomy lab. Over $80,000 was raised by personal donations as well as requests from foundations across the country. With these proceeds Santa Fe has expanded one of the science rooms, purchased new furniture and equipment for all rooms, increased the number of science course offerings, and increased lab hours. We believe these improvements have provided additional, and enhanced, exposure to the students and have brought new enthusiasm to the world of science.


Tax Collector Joe Tedder Hosts Tax Webinar on February 8

PGTV has developed a webinar series called "Midday Q&A" covering a broad range of topics about regional services, programs and opportunities. This live online-exclusive interactive program allows viewers to submit questions or comments and have them answered immediately by a panel of subject matter experts. The webinar format gives participants the information they need, because they control the live dialogue. There’s no registration or cost — simply log onto one of the host sites listed below.

A panel of experts will be on hand to answer questions from the webinar audience about federal income taxes, state sales taxes and local property taxes.
In the PGTV studio, you’ll hear from Polk County Tax Collector Joe Tedder, as well as Jim Noullet, C.P.A. , with the NCT Group of Lakeland, Florida. Online panelists Mark Zych, Director of Dispute Resolution with the Florida Department of Revenue will provide subject matter expertise on sales tax.
This free webinar requires no pre-registration or enrollment and provides a great opportunity for anyone to ask specific questions about consumer savings related to their own needs!

To participate in the webinar just log on at any of the following host sites beginning at 11:30 a.m.:,,,,,, and
The webinar is produced through Polk Government Television (PGTV) as part of the County’s "Midday Q&A" series. Upcoming topics include Census 2010, City of Lakeland, Polk Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Central Florida Development Council, School Summit, mental health education. For more information about the Feb. 8 webinar or about the "Midday Q&A" series, visit or contact PGTV at (863) 534-5997.


CFDC Will Host Super Region Transportation Conference in Polk County

CFDClogo The Central Florida Development Council, Inc. of Polk County will host a super region transportation conference on February 23, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Lakeland Center, 701 Lime Street in downtown Lakeland. Keynote speaker is Pat McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina who is credited with spearheading the community’s 25-year transportation plan through expanded bus service and light rail through the city.

Called “Connecting the Region Through the Movement of People,” the conference will include sessions on a super regional transportation overview, Polk County’s future transportation plans, the Charlotte success story and will provide an opportunity for attendees to ask a panel of experts pertinent questions and to share views. Invited speakers include state, regional and county community, economic development and transportation officials.

“There are few issues today as critical to successful community and economic development as transportation,” said CFDC President David Touchton. “Tampa and Orlando are aggressively pursuing mass transit options and Polk County is a key component to regional plans because of our location at the center of the super region.”

Download the flyer here.

The conference registration fee of $30 includes a buffet lunch. Reservations may be made by contacting Brandy Skinner at (863) 534-2525 or Reservations close February 16, 2010.