Category Archives: Member Announcements

07Feb/10

Florida Southern Travel Story Garnering National Attention

A travel story by The Associated Press on (Chamber Trustee) Florida Southern College’s historic Frank Lloyd Wright campus has been featured in at least a dozen newspapers and Web sites around the nation, including the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, ABC, CBS, and MSNBC. AP writer Jennifer Kay and photographer Julie Fletcher told the story of the campus’s restoration efforts. To read the story and view photographs, click on any of the links below:

ABC NEWS:
Fla. Campus Restoration Revives Wright’s Vision
Ongoing restoration revives Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for Florida college campus. | See article

Chicago Tribune:
Wright-designed college campus revived

Once on the World Monument Fund’s endangered list, Florida Southern College — the only college campus designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the largest collection of his work on a single site — is being restored to his original vision . | See article

Times Standard (Eureka CA):
Fla. campus restoration revives Wright’s vision | See article

Baltimore Sun:
Fla. campus restoration revives Wright’s vision | See article

The Gainesville Sun:
Florida Southern College campus restoration revives Wright’s vision | See article

Kelowna Daily Courier, CA:
Ongoing restoration revives Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for Florida college campus | See article

Yahoo! News, Canada:
Ongoing restoration revives Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for Florida college campus | See article

artdaily.org:
Florida Campus Restoration Revives Frank Lloyd Wright’s Vision | See article

CBS NEWS:
Fla. Campus Restoration Revives Wright’s Vision | See article

MSNBC:
Fla. campus restoration revives Wright’s vision
Preserving architecture that ‘represents the laws of harmony and rhythm’ | See article

Salt Lake Tribune:
Florida travel: Campus restoration revives Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision | See article

VictoriaAdvocate.com
US campus restoration revives Wright’s vision | See article

01Feb/10

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 brandy@cfdc.org. Reservations close February 16, 2010.

14Jan/10

Donations for Haiti Relief Fund Accepted at Riverside Bank Locations

Riv Logo Hoz Process In an effort to help the victims of the recent earthquakes in Haiti, a relief fund has been set up at Riverside National Bank

If you would like to make a monetary donation, visit any Riverside National Bank location.  Make checks payable to the Treasure Coast Haiti Relief Fund.  All funds will be turned over to the American Red Cross International Fund designated for Haiti relief.

Editor’s Note: Riverside Bank has three locations as Lakeland Chamber members: 6108 US Highway 98 N; 2100 Harden Blvd; & 4400 S Florida Avenue.

08Jan/10

Florida Back to Work Program Grants Wage Assistance to Employers

Need to Hire Workers?

Apply for Florida Back to Work

Polk Works Pay 95%, Employer Pays 5%

Important and Time Sensitive Notice:

The Florida Back to Work program has just been announced. It will provide up to a 95 percent reimbursement to Florida’s businesses to cover the costs of employee wages and benefits.  All available jobs listed under the Florida Back to Work program will be posted on the Employ Florida Marketplace – employflorida.com.  The initial Florida Back to Work grants will be awarded on February 1, 2010. The Florida Back to Work Program can provide up to $200 million in federal funding for jobs for Floridians who receive, or are eligible to receive, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and can create nearly 25,500 jobs based on a $12 per hour salary.  Please contact Polk Works for more information at 863-508-1600 or go to www.floridajobs.org/workforce/backtowork/ .

  • What is the benefit to employers?

The Florida Back to Work program will provide up to a 95 percent reimbursement to cover the costs of employee wages and benefits.  Employers will need to contribute the in-kind cost of the employee supervision and training and a cash contribution to cover the remaining 5 percent cost.

  • Are all employers eligible?

Public, private for-profit businesses and not-for-profit entities can participate.

  • Who is operating Florida Back to Work?

The Florida Back to Work program is a partnership between AWI, WFI and DCF and will be administered through the state’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards.

  • How can I find out about job listings? 

Participating employers will post job openings on the Employ Florida Marketplace – employflorida.com.

  • When will the jobs be available?

The initial round of proposals will be due from the RWBs on January 15, 2010
The initial Florida Back to Work grants will be awarded on February 1, 2010

01Dec/09

Macy’s Cosmetic/Fragrance Friends and Family Event

Be Merry

We’re Sharing Something Special for the Holidays!

Friends & Family Cosmetic Event

Macy’s Lakeland Square Mall

Friday, December 4th

6 to 9pm*

*Store open until 11pm for your convenience

Let us make your Gift Giving a little easier—we have many great gift giving ideas including our Beauty Boxes, Brush sets, Fragrance sets, “Stocking Stuffers,” and much more!

Join us for this invitation only event R.S.V.P. 863-853-7223, 863-853-7222, or 863-853-7227 and receive a special 3-piece gift with any $39.50 purchase from Estee Lauder, Lancôme, or Clinique

Also, be registered for a Door Prize—one for each counter, your purchase is your entry!

You can download a Friends & Family pass,for you and a friend—this is our special discount card forour friends, family, and most special customers and clients—an extra 25% discount off regular, sale, and clearance prices, with very few exclusions!