RC – Victoria Manor Apartments

Victoria Manor Apartments
3685 Victoria manor Drive
Lakeland, 33805

Victoria Manor Apartments is another signature community for PAC Land Development Corporation, a leader in the building of luxury developments. Since it was founded in 1986, PAC Land Development has built more than 6,000 homes in the most desirable communities throughout the State of Florida. Our reputation of designing imaginative and distinctive lifestyles has brought us to the forefront of our industry.

Based in Orlando, PAC continues to develop state-of-the-art, luxurious apartment homes. Over the course of its existence, the company has become known for unprecedented attention to detail, superb workmanship, brilliant design and outstanding customer service. This tradition of unsurpassed excellence continues with the addition of Victoria Manor Apartment to the PAC family of distinctive communities.

PAC Land Development Corporation is a true pioneer and leader in contemporary luxury living providing unmatched quality and value. When you make a decision to invest in a PAC community, you have made a choice to go with a leader you can count on.

Special Thanks to Commisioner Howard Wiggs, and Board members Bill Mutz and Lewis Collier.


Bright Ag Ideas – The Importance of Agriculture and Ideas for its Future

I had a friend pass me a link to an interesting website/blog: http://www.brightagideas.com. The site, founded by U.S. Congressman Adam Putnam, hopes to educate as well as foster meaningful dialog on “…the importance of agriculture and ideas for its future.” Agriculture is an important topic in Polk County and the Lakeland Chamber recognizes that importance and remains steadily involved. In February, Chairman Tim Campbell wrote a letter regarding IFAS (Institute of Food and Agriculture) Funding to Dr. J. Bernard Machen, President of the University of Florida. In the letter Mr. Campbell notes how important agriculture is to the State of Florida and in particular to Polk County. Mr. Campbell states, “While Lakeland has diversified its economic base and variety of businesses, the ancillary economic benefits from the range of agribusinesses in Polk County are extremely important to the City of Lakeland.” Agriculture is the second largest industry in the state providing nearly $100 billion annually and a site dedicated to ongoing related topics and the fostering of open communication is a great way to insure the long term commitment and understanding of how important agriculture is. So go take a look.


New Credit Card Processing – QGIV

The Lakeland Chamber is trulytruely excited to announce that we are transitioning our credit card processing to QGIV. With this switch we are turning a corner in innovation, and hope to offer a much more fluid process for you to register for events and open up the opportunities to pay your invoices online by credit card or check. From their website:

“Qgiv is a complete turn-key online donation gateway that allows you to
instantly accept donations, recurring payments (pledging and tithing)
and payments for event registrations. Qgiv provides all the software,
sets up all merchant accounts and even takes care of making your Qgiv
Installation look and feel exactly like your website.”

The process has been streamlined so that we will have a link to payment & registration on the events we have posted, as well as being able to click on CHAMBER STORE on our website; or go here. Thanks to the entire QGIV staff for helping us take another innovative step forward!

May Small Business of the Month – LeMans Apartments/Suites

Carlton Hodges
LeMans Apartments/Suites
1501 Shepherd Road, Suite 5
Lakeland, FL 33811-2172

In 1987, construction began on a 15-acre site located on Shepherd Road in Lakeland. The property was built in phases and became known as LeMans Apartments/Suites. LeMans consists of 147 unfurnished, long-term rental units and 50 completely furnished, short-term rental units. The short-term rental units were developed after a voiced need from local, national and international businesses for their employees to have a homelike atmosphere while away from home on business trips. These short-term rental suites include a washer and dryer, high speed Internet and unlimited local and long distance phone service. To keep the units as impeccable as possible, housekeeping is also offered.

The philosophy at LeMans is to treat people how one wants to be treated. The staff understands the value of customer satisfaction and strives to meet the goal of repeat business. Customers are always made to feel welcome at LeMans. In addition, the property is well-maintained and continually upgraded in order to provide guests with an optimal experience.

Owner and President of LeMans, Mr. Hodges is active in the community and involved with the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, the Polk County Builders Association, HBA Association, NAHB, Dixie Youth in Mulberry and serves on the Lakeland Hotel/Motel Association Board. Moreover, LeMans donates appliances that are being upgraded to various charities. Mr. Hodges firmly believes that people need to give back to the community through involvement.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate LeMans Apartments/Suites as the Small Business of the Month for May.

Jennifer Smith (Florida Remodeling & Designs, Inc.) presents the May Small Business of the Month award to Carlton Hodges, LeMans Apartments/Suites.


Ribbon Cutting – Learning Resource Center

Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc.
1628 S. Florida Ave
Lakeland, FL 33803

“The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. (LRC) was founded by the Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Inc. in 1975 to help students by providing personalized supplemental education programs and consulting services for parents. At that time it was known as the Learning Disabilities Center and its primary purpose was to serve students with specific learning disabilities and provide support for their parents. The name changed in 1977, as programs for the learning disabled grew in the public school system, and LRC expanded its services to help all students maximize their learning potential.

From its humble beginnings as a small volunteer group working in borrowed space, LRC today has over 300 certified teachers who provide county wide services to over 3,000 students ages five through adult.”

Congratulations to Executive Director Pam Craven and the entire LRC team on the beautiful new building. Thanks to Mayor Buddy Fletcher, Board Members, Hugh Autry, Andy Hernandez, and Paul Norris for attending.