Category Archives: Economic Growth


Lakeland Electric’s Community Giving Grant Deadline August 1st

lakeland electricLAKELAND, FL- Lakeland Electric is asking for organizations that are interested in being considered for their Community Giving Grant prepare and submit an application for review.

If you are a State of Florida-registered charitable organization located within the Lakeland Electric territory, serving the public within the territory, please consider applying. Each winning application will be granted funding in the amount of $1,000.00.

The deadline for application submissions is August 1st. The selected organizations will be notified via acceptance letter, the last week of September. Funding will be disbursed during the month of October


For more info or to submit your application, Click Here


Health Care Industry Job Fair Thursday July 12 in Auburndale

Health Care Industry Job Fair Slated for Thursday in Auburndale

Polk County, Florida, July 6, 2018 – The Central Florida Media   Group will host the Central Florida Health Care Job Fair on Thursday, July 12   between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The job fair will be held at the Auburndale Community Center at   405 Bennett Street in Auburndale located one block north of Magnolia Avenue   US-92 West.

Top area healthcare employers are looking to fill a wide variety   of healthcare related positions including physical therapists, medical   assistants, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, licensed   practical nurses, occupational therapists, licensed health Insurance   representatives, home health aides and administrative staff.

The following employers will be participating in the event:    IMA Medical Center, Florida Cancer Specialist, Chapters Health System,   DaVita Medical Group, Solaris Healthcare, Brandywyne Health Care Center, Palm   Garden of Winter Haven, Winter Haven Health and Rehab, Ridge Technical   College, The Results Company, Centurion of Florida, Consulate Health Care, Jaycare A Palm Medical   Center, Health Care Advocates, and Helping Hands Nursing Services.

Employers will be looking to fill both entry-level and   experienced positions.  The Health Care Job Fair will also offer job   seekers looking to get started in the healthcare industry the opportunity to   explore training programs.

For more details about the event visit

About Central Florida Media Group

Central Florida Media Group is a marketing, advertising, and   publishing company located in Winter Haven, Fla. They publish seven   award-winning magazines, including Central Florida Health News, which   connects the consumer to the local healthcare community. For more   information, go to


DEO Releases Labor Market Info for May 2018

The Department of Economic Opportunity has released the Labor Market Information for the month of May, 2018. The national unemployment rate edged down again this past month to from 3.9 to 3.8 percent. Nationally approximately 223,000 jobs were created in the month of May.

Florida’s Unemployment Rate

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also dipped slightly to match the national level at 3.8 percent which is 0.1 percent down from last month and still down 0.4%  from a year ago.

There were 391,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,217,000.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total non-agricultural employment was 8,746, 800 (+.02 percent) over the month. The state gained 180,200 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.1 percent.

Polk County Nonagricultural Employment

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Polk region (Polk County) remained stable at 3.7 percent in May 2018. This rate was lower  by 0.7 percent if compared to the region’s rate of 4.4 percent a year ago.

Out of a labor force of 300,200 there were 11,126 unemployed residents in the region. The non-agricultural employment in Lakeland-Winter Haven was 226,500 which is an increase of 5,900 jobs (+2.7 percent) over the year. This region had the fastest annual job growth rate if compared to all metro areas in the state in trade, transportation and utilities. The industries that showed the most growth were mining, logging and construction (+6.9 percent); professional and business services (+5.1 percent); trade, transportation and utilities (+30 percent); government had a slight increase at (+1.1 percent).

Industries gaining the most in number of jobs were: trade, transportation and utilities (+1,700 jobs); professional and business services (+1,500 jobs); mining, logging and construction (+900 jobs) and manufacturing which had an increase of (+500 jobs).

To view an interactive graph of Florida’s total nonagricultural employment, Click here

In May 2018 nonagricultural employment in the Lakeland?Winter Haven MSA was 226,500, an increase of 5,900 (+2.7 percent) over the year.

  • The Lakeland?Winter Haven MSA annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in professional and business services was 3.7 percent) in May 2018 which is an increase of .3 from last month.
  • The Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA had the third fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in trade, transportation, and utilities (+3.0 percent) in May 2018.
  • The mining, logging, and construction (+6.9 percent); professional and business services (+5.1 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+3.0 percent); other services (+1.7 percent); and government (+1.1 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
  • The industries gaining in jobs over the year were: trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,700 jobs); professional and business services (+1,500 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+900 jobs); manufacturing (+500 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+500 jobs); financial activities (+300 jobs); government (+300 jobs); education and health services (+100 jobs); and other services (+100 jobs).
  • The information industry was unchanged over the year.

Production Begins on “The One and Only Ivan”, an Adaptation of the Award Winning Book





Danny DeVito and Helen Mirren Join the Cast, Which Includes Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Sam Rockwell, Brooklynn Prince, Ramon Rodriquez, Arianna Greenblatt, Indira Varma and Eleanor Matsuura


 BURBANK, Calif. (May 1, 2018)—Production has commenced at Pinewood Studios outside London on “The One and Only Ivan,” a live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of the children’s book by Katherine Applegate directed by Thea Sharrock (“Me before You”). The screenplay is by two-time Independent Spirit Award winner Mike White (“Pitch Perfect 3,” “The School of Rock”) based on Applegate’s award-winning book and the producers are Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Angelina Jolie (“First They Killed My Father,” “Maleficent”), the late Allison Shearmur (“Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Cinderella”) and Brigham Taylor (“Christopher Robin,” “The Jungle Book”).

“The One and Only Ivan” stars Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee and four-time Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo,” “Breaking Bad”); Ramon Rodriquez (“Iron Fist,” “The Defenders”); Arianna Greenblatt (“A Bad Moms Christmas”); Indira Varma (“Patrick Melrose,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”); and Eleanor Matsuura (“Wonder Woman,” “Sherlock”).

The film features the vocal talents of Angelina Jolie, Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Moon”) and Critics’ Choice Award winner Brooklynn Prince (“The Florida Project”). Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Helen Mirren (“Winchester,” “The Queen”) and Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Danny DeVito (“Dumbo,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) have also signed on to voice characters in the film.

Based on the true story of a uniquely-talented gorilla and the other animals who share a communal habitat at a suburban shopping mall, “The One and Only Ivan” is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place we call home. Applegate’s book, a #1 New York Times’ bestseller, has won numerous awards, including the Newberry Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in 2013.

About Walt Disney Studios:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.