Category Archives: Economic Growth


Bonnet Springs Park Announces Major Gift

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LAKELAND, FL The Board of Directors of Bonnet Springs Park, Inc. a 501C3 corporation in Lakeland, Florida announced a major financial gift and establishment of a perpetual care fund at Givewell Community Foundation today. Allen and Company, a premier financial advisory firm with a long-standing reputation for community involvement, made a significant step in the enablement of Bonnet Springs Park today.

The associates at Allen and Company have once again demonstrated their commitment to the quality of life in the Lakeland/Winter Haven area through the establishment of a fund to support the sustainability of this new urban park that is going to change the way citizens and visitors see and live in Lakeland. The 180 acre park, being designed by world class landscape designers Sasaki and constructed on the former CSX rail yard site, will expand the very footprint of downtown Lakeland and connect the northwest quadrant of the City.

“A privately funded public park is a new paradigm to central Florida and will require significant community support to sustain.” Said Ralph Allen, Chairman of Allen and Company. “We want to continue the company tradition of supporting quality of life in our community and through this gift we are hoping to lead others in support of this incredible undertaking.”

The Bonnet Springs enablement team understands that the vision for Bonnet Springs Park received a major boost today.  Thinking beyond the park construction to operational expenses is a sound business strategy for future success of the park and the seeds are now in the ground.

We encourage you to learn more about this exciting new park by visiting us at


Ledger Media Group Hosts Upcoming Job Fair & Offers Chamber Members $50 off Booth Space

Chamber Members get $50 off booth space at this upcoming job fair put on by the Ledger Media Group!

The job fair is scheduled for November 1, 2018. Click the links below to view the flyer as well as the application for booth space.

Job Fair Flyer

Job Fair Contract


Countywide College Career Fair in September

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POLK COUNTY, FL – On behalf of all the colleges and universities in Polk county, you are invited to the first annual Countywide College Career Fair, which will host students from all Polk county institutions of higher education! The event will be on Friday, September 28th from 9am-1pm at the Polk State College Lakeland campus. Below you’ll find the link to register through Handshake. You will need to set up a free account with Handshake (if you don’t have one already), but after that the registration process should be simple.

Please be advised that first priority will be given to companies who have opportunities in Polk county. If there is still space at the event after those employers have registered, then companies with opportunities outside the county will be able to attend as well. 

If you are having issues with Handshake, please contact Kristen Fowler at

If you have any questions about the fair itself, please feel free to reach out to Devyn Montalvo (info below). Thank you for your continued interest in our students.

Devyn Montalvo, MSW

Director of Career Services & Community Outreach

Webber International University

Ph  (863) 638-2964

Fax (863) 638-2823