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Business Community invited to Annual WE3 Expo and Dinner

Business Community invited to Annual WE3 Expo and Dinner

Education is a crucial issue that has a substantial impact on the economic sustainability of Polk County. The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and its partners are keenly aware of the need for an educated workforce and professional development employees. The Chamber Board of Directors recognizes the importance and value of strong education partnerships which can contribute to the community by supporting existing entities and their efforts to educate, train, or retrain the local workforce.

Mixed job growth in Polk County

Mixed job growth in Polk County

Winter Haven, Florida - Mixed job growth in Polk County as the unemployment rate falls in September.

According to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation unemployment was at 12 percent last month, down from 13.1 percent the year before and 12.2 percent in August.

Polk County had 2,100 fewer jobs than it did a year ago, and saw a gain of 1,000 jobs from August. A total of 32,621 people were reported as unemployed here last month.

Publix set to re-open in Bartow

Publix set to re-open in Bartow

Bartow, FL -- Shopping is about to become a pleasure again for customers at the Publix supermarket located in the Golden Gate Shopping Center.

Publix has announced the store, which was closed for a top-to-bottom re-modeling in February, will open its doors again on Oct. 27 - right on schedule and in time for the holidays as Publix officials had hoped.

The supermarket location's make-over was part of a larger project at the retail space on Van Fleet Drive.

Police search for Hungry Howie's robber

Police search for Hungry Howie's robber

Winter Haven, FL -- Polk County Sheriff's detectives are seeking information about an attempted business burglary that occurred on Sept. 23.

According to detectives, around 2:52 a.m., the man was seen on video surveillance breaking into the Hungry Howie's located at 3006 Winter Lake Road in Winter Haven and trying to take the cash drawer from the cash register. He then fled the scene.

Lakeland Regional to hold Open House

Lakeland Regional to hold Open House

Lakeland, FL -- In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, on Saturday, Oct. 15, Lakeland Regional Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Clinic will host a reunion and celebration from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at their facility located at 2125 Harden Blvd. in Lakeland.

"We are very excited to host our first ever reunion," Tony Garcia, Manager Rehabilitation Services said in a release. "The Rehab staff becomes very attached to and invested in our patients and their progress. They become a tremendous part of our lives, and we are looking forward to having the opportunity to see them again."

Former patients, as well as members of the public who are interested in seeing the facility, are welcome to attend this free event.

Big Lots opens in Lakeland

Big Lots opens in Lakeland

Lakeland, FL -- Next Friday, Big Lots will kick-off the opening of its new store in Lakeland with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Big Lots executives and local city officials.

During the grand opening celebration, Big Lots district manager Scott Townes will present $2,500 to Carlton Palmore Elementary School. Ms. Lori Morrison, principal, will accept the check on behalf of the school.

WHEN: Friday, October 7, 2011
9 a.m. - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Check Presentation

WHERE: Palm Center
4233 South Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33813