Our network

People

Polk State College pumps almost half-billion dollars into economy

Polk State College pumps almost half-billion dollars into economy

Winter Haven, Florida -- A study shows Polk State College acts as an economic engine worth almost half a billion dollars to the local economy.

Most of the $481.8 million impact comes from the increased money earned by students and alumni because of their advanced education, the study found.

Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl. -- or EMSI -- is the firm behind the study, which was commissioned to look at the entire Florida College System, according to this announcement of the results released by Polk State:

Looking for a job? Free help is yours every Friday in March

Looking for a job? Free help is yours every Friday in March

Winter Haven, Florida -- Rework your resume, improve your interview skills, or join a huge job database for free on Fridays in two Polk County communities.

Head to a Polk Works One-Stop Career Center and get one-on-one help with landing a job for free. The assistance is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday in March, except for March 29th.

Free pianist exhibition at Bok Gardens

Free pianist exhibition at Bok Gardens

Lake Wales, Florida -- Folks from Bartow are invited to enjoy "Live at the Gardens" featuring Daniel Strange Piano this weekend at nearby Bok Tower Gardens.

Fresh off the release of his new album "Life As I Hear It," Strange, a multi-genre pianist, is returning to Bok Tower Gardens to perform a solo piano concert.

You can watch him compose and arrange versions of old nostalgic favorites to modern progressive jazz.

It's taking place at the at Pinewood Estate on March 10, at 5-7 p.m.

Polk Public Schools seeking Hall of Fame nominations

Polk Public Schools seeking Hall of Fame nominations

Polk County, Florida-- Do you know someone who once attended a Polk County Public School, and has since made significant career contributions? If so, you're encourage to nominate them for induction into the Polk County Public Schools Hall of Fame!

According to the county, 103 members have been inducted since its inception in 1985, including last year's inductees, Sheriff Grady Judd, Dr. George E. Lees, Kathleen Parker and Michael Yon. 

Your nominee could be making a difference in a variety of professional areas including: 

Voice your concerns at March 7 Town Hall Meeting

Voice your concerns at March 7 Town Hall Meeting

akeland, Florida -- Polk County Commissioner John Hall and City of Lakeland Commissioner Phillip Walker are hosting a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the North Lakeland YMCA, 2125 Sleepy Hill Road, Lakeland.

Residents are invited to meet with the commissioners to discuss issues and concerns relevant to the community.

For more information, contact Commissioner Hall's office at 863-534-6049 or the City of Lakeland Communications office at 863-834-6264.

Chamber to host Candidate Forum Breakfast

Chamber to host Candidate Forum Breakfast

Winter Haven, Florida -- On Wednesday March  6, the Winter Haven Chamber will host a forum for candidates for the vacant Winter Haven City Commission seat.

The forum will take place in the second floor Coleman Auditorium at 401 Avenue B NW. Candidates will make brief introductions and then answer questions from those in attendance.

The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Polk senior games get underway

Polk senior games get underway

Bartow, Florida -- Get ready for two weeks of athletic and recreational competitive events for men and women 50 years and over.

The Polk Senior Games kicks off Saturday, Feb. 23 and runs through March 11.

Individual, partner and team events include: