Category Archives: Public Affairs

14Oct/08

Update: Politics in the Park

Candidates from the following races have confirmed attendance:

  • US Representative District 12: The Honorable Adam Putnam and Doug Tudor
  • US Representative District 15: Frank Zilaitis
  • State Senate District 17: Senator JD Alexander and Scott Thompson
  • State Representative District 64: Alton Smith, Kelli Stargel and Gordon Watts
  • State Representative District 65: Bob Hagenmaier and John Wood
  • State Representative District 79: Ray Worley
  • County Commission District 3: Nancy Daley, Ed Smith and Ghassan Zebdaoui
  • County Commission District 5: Commissioner Sam Johnson, Jim Brown and Jacquelyn Smith
  • Polk County Sheriff:Shefiff Grady Judd and Michael Lashman

For more information, please contact Ashley Chappell Link, Vice President Public Affairs, Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, 863/688-8551 ext. 241.

Also, earlier today, Uncle Sam and Jackie O were spotted at the Main Street & Kentucky Ave intersection.

25Sep/08

Politics In The Park 2008

Are you ready for “An Old-Fashioned Political Rally” then Please join us at the Lake Mirror Promenade in Lakeland on Thursday, October 16th from 5:30 to 8PM.

For the first time in the event’s history, Politics in the Park is offering:

! FREE GENERAL ADMISSION !

What’s going on PIP ’08 you ask?Politics In The Park

You will be able to:

  • hear from the candidates appearing on the November 4th ballot
  • participate in a straw poll (administered by PC Supervisor of Elections)
  • enjoy live entertainment
  • a wide variety of food and beverages from local restaurants

Here is a clip from the Ledger editorial :

Both presidential candidates have been invited as well. “Who knows?” said Roberts of the possibility that one – or both – might show up. He was hopeful, pointing out that Polk County is in the middle of the all-important Interstate 4 corridor, that Lakeland is in the middle of middle America and that the city’s skyline provides an attractive backdrop for a television sound bite.

It is rumored that a major candidate is coming, but I have no conformation yet. I will let you know if anything is confirmed. If the the Obama or McCain campaigns are listening, we are ready and waiting.

Read the full editorial for more information.

 

30Jun/08

Guns at Work

As you may know, the Lakeland and Florida Chambers have and continue to oppose guns at work. However, you might not know that our own Tim Rice was interviewed on the issue and quoted in Fortune. And on Friday, he was interviewed again by Rebecca Gomez and featured on Fox Business Happy Hour. You can view the Fox interview here or below. Tim did a great job in highlighting the business owners’ private property rights and concern for the safety of employees and customers.

EDITORS NOTE:

Ashley Link, VP of Public Affairs, is the first of our staff to agree to publish, let her know your thoughts by commenting back.

30Jun/08

BusinessVoice, Inc. of Greater Lakeland Announces Political Endorsements

BusinessVoice

BusinessVoice of Greater Lakeland, the political arm of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce their most recent endorsements.

BusinessVoice, Inc. members interviewed candidates on June 10th. Along with the endorsements, BusinessVoice, Inc. contributed $500 to the following campaigns and encourages community members to support these candidates.

Bob English – Polk County Commission District 1
John Shamp – Polk County Commission District 3
Sam Johnson – Polk County Commission District 5
Brenda Reddout – Polk County School Board District 4
Grady Judd – Polk County Sheriff
Marsha Faux – Polk County Property Appraiser
Richard Weiss – Polk County Clerk of Courts

BusinessVoice, Inc. was created as an organization to support pro-business political candidates and to promote issues which impact the business community. BusinessVoice, Inc. works to serve as an endorsement board for those individuals who personify the objectives of the business community.