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New Web Video Explains Banknote Design, Informs About New $100 Note

Using a new Web video, the U.S. government is explaining to consumers and businesses how new banknotes are developed. The video, “The Art of Banknote Design,” is being released today on, and is the third in a series of educational videos created to increase public awareness about the new $100 note prior to its entrance into circulation.

“Banknote design has become increasingly challenging over time because we must develop designs that are very difficult to counterfeit, but easy for the public to use. We also have to consider how a note’s design affects the way it functions in a multitude of cash accepting and dispensing machines worldwide,” said Michael Lambert, Assistant Director, Federal Reserve Board.

“The redesigned $100 note has the most advanced security features of any denomination of U.S. currency. The new 3-D Security Ribbon and the Bell in the Inkwell add depth and complexity, providing another layer of protection against counterfeiting,” said Larry R. Felix, Director, Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

In the video, viewers will learn about the unique printing techniques and materials used in U.S. currency, the redesigned $100 note’s new and existing security features, and how innovative technology has advanced the design process.

Who: Larry R. Felix, Director, Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Michael Lambert, Assistant Director, Federal Reserve Board
Where: “The Art of Banknote Design” video and other educational videos are available for viewing and download at
Interviews: One-on-one interviews with Felix, Lambert and representatives from the Department of the Treasury, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Federal Reserve Board and the United States Secret Service can be scheduled by calling 202-530-4887.

For a more detailed description of the redesigned $100 note and its features, visit, where you can watch an animated video, click through an interactive note or browse through the multimedia resources for images and B-roll. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and educational resources about the new $100 note by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Polk Museum of Art Designated as Simthsonian Affiliate

Polk Museum of Art is pleased to announce that it has been accepted into the Smithsonian Affiliations Program. This prestigious program will allow the Museum to benefit from loans of collections items from Smithsonian institutions, as well as access to resources and training programs.

“For more than 40 years,” said Harold A. Closter, Director of Smithsonian Affiliations, “Polk Museum of Art has served the communities of Central Florida with its impressive collections, engaging exhibitions, expert staff and a deep commitment to education and public service, becoming truly worthy of its motto, ‘More Than An Art Museum.’  The Smithsonian Institution welcomes the Polk Museum of Art into our affiliations program and looks forward to new collaborations that will bring together the strengths of both organizations, to benefit audiences both locally and nationally.”

“We are excited about this new partnership with the Smithsonian Institution,” said Daniel E. Stetson, Executive Director of Polk Museum of Art. “Becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate will give Polk Museum of Art access to some of the great artwork owned by the Smithsonian, and will enable us to gain knowledge from their long experience. We’re hoping to begin taking advantage of this program within the next few months.”

“It is an honor for the Polk Museum of Art to be accepted to the Smithsonian Affiliations program,” said Dr. Anne Kerr, Immediate Past President of Polk Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees. “This places our Museum in a special category of prestigious art institutions that are approved to exhibit marvelous works of art from the Smithsonian collection. Polk County residents will now have the grand opportunity to view selected works from our vast national collection all within easy driving distance. This program will augment the Museums exhibitions in a powerful way and enable our community to see works of art that before would not have been possible.”

Acceptance into the Smithsonian Affiliations program enables Polk Museum of Art to borrow artwork from the Smithsonian for negotiable periods of time. Museum staff will also be able to go to Washington, DC, for training on topics related to Museum best-practices, and will be given access to Smithsonian educational outreach programs and expertise.

According to the Smithsonian’s website: The goal of Smithsonian Affiliations is to establish long-term relationships with Affiliate Partners to maximize the cultural and educational benefits that both the Smithsonian and the Affiliate can bring to a community. The Affiliations Web site——describes all the organizations that are active Smithsonian Affiliates and their programs and provides potential Affiliates with information about the program.

There are currently 13 museums in the state of Florida that participate in the program, including Polk Museum of Art.


Prescription Drug Summit to Address Public Policy, HR Issues

With an average of 7 Rx drug-related deaths in Florida each day, the intentional abuse of prescription drugs to alter brain activity is quickly becoming an epidemic. This alarming trend is especially prevalent in teenagers. Over 70% of young people age 12 & older who abuse prescription painkillers get them free from the homes of family or friends. Drug use affects family life, but is also detrimental to employee performance and safety.

InnerAct Alliance and StandUP Polk, the coalition for a Drug-Free Polk, are proud to present the 1st Annual Prescription Drug Summit on Monday, September 20, 2010, at 7:30 a.m., at Highland Park Church of the Nazarene in Lakeland, to raise awareness about the alarming trend of abuse of prescription drugs and how it affects Polk County schools, businesses and families.

The Keynote Speaker will be Sharon Kelley, MS, PMD, and CEO of Alliance for Global Narcotics Training, who will address attendees from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Solution-planning group sessions led by Ms. Kelley and local experts in the field will take place from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Public Policy- What changes do we need to make to our policies to prevent and fight this epidemic?
  • Kids/Parents/Teachers- What roadblocks can we clear when it comes to helping students, parents and school personnel avoid the pitfall of Rx Drug Abuse?
  • Risk Management/Human Resources- What are ways to increase efficiency and decrease costs by preventing Rx abuse and addiction in the work place?

The first 100 registrants to R.S.V.P. to InnerAct Alliance at (863) 802-0777 will receive free breakfast at 7:00 a.m.

Due to the nature of the presentation content, no one under 18 will be permitted to attend.

StandUP Polk and its partners in The Coalition for a Drug-Free Polk are also planning a second Purge Your Pills Rx Drop Off event, in conjunction with the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative, on Saturday, September 25, 2010, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., for citizens to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted medications for safe and proper disposal. The first countywide medication collection held on March 20, 2010 resulted in an estimated 245.5 lbs. of recovered pharmaceuticals.

Locations for the pill drop off are: Auburndale Police Department (2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, FL); Florida Department of Transportation (801 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL – Hosted by Bartow Police Department); Haines City Police Department (35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL); Lakeland Police Department (219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL); and Winter Haven Police Department (125 North Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL). All medications should be secured in a clear, air-tight sealed plastic bag.

The 1st Annual Prescription Drug Summit is supported by:

Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group, P.A.

Lakeland Police Department

Watson Clinic Foundation


International Trade Conversation Hosted by Tampa Bay Business Journal

Chamber members have received a special invitation to participate in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Community Conversation on International Trade.

Panelists Include:

  • Morgan McGrath, head of international banking for JPMorgan Chase
  • Sandra Campbell, director, Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Karen Holbrook, vice president of research at USF
  • Jorge Astorquiza, president of Flayco

Economists all agree that businesses need to adapt to the growing international market now. Attendees will be presented a wide range of nuts and bolts practical advice on how the U.S. Department of Commerce helps develop international trade.

Community Conversation: International Trade

September 16, 2010 | 7:30 – 9:15 a.m.

IKEA Tampa

tickets $40

Lakeland Chamber members call for a special offer.

For additional information, or to register, please contact Alyssa Rhodes at (813) 342-2491.


High Speed Rail Info: Public Information Meeting Comfirmed

The Florida Department of Transportation through its Florida Rail Enterprise announced today it will hold a series of public information meetings on the Tampa-Orlando high speed rail project August 31 – September 2 in Tampa, Lakeland and Orlando. The schedule is:

Tampa Convention Center: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Lakeland Center: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Orange County Convention Center: Thursday, September 2, 2010

The general public meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at each venue.  Rail Enterprise officials will present an overview of the Tampa-Orlando project.  Each presentation will be followed by question and answer sessions.  Public comment cards will be available.

The public meetings are free, open to the public and require no advance registration.  Detailed information and agendas for each of the sessions will be posted at

Each public session will be preceded at 2:30 p.m. by information meetings for minority-owned and small businesses.