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the Board It is my distinct pleasure to present to you the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Buyer’s Guide. This new, updated Buyer’s Guide will provide each of our member businesses and consumers with the information they need to buy goods and services from Lakeland Chamber members. By doing this, we will continue to support our “Buy Lakeland. It makes good cents!” campaign. Our economy will grow and thrive when we make the effort to ensure that our hard earned dollars are circulating multiple times through Lakeland’s business community. In addition to the business listings, please take a moment to note the volunteer members of the Board of Directors who are committing many hours of their time to help lead the Chamber programs that support your membership. Feel free to approach these leaders and suggest ways your Chamber can help you meet your business goals, and thank them for their service to our community. We are also very fortunate to have an outstanding staff at our Lakeland Chamber under the leadership of Chamber President Kathleen Munson. This staff has been instrumental in the many successes of our Chamber programs such as Leadership Lakeland, Politics in the Park, Business After Hours, Chamber Champions and many more. Their efforts have helped our Lakeland Chamber receive the U.S. Chamber’s Five Star Accreditation award, a distinction earned by less than 60 Chambers in the country! 2010 will certainly be a year of change for our city and most likely a year of economic rebound. Civically, we will begin the year with a new mayor plus two new city commissioners. In November, we will elect a new Florida governor and U.S. Senator, as well as a new Polk County representative to Congress. We will conduct the official 2010 census that will validate Lakeland’s growth over the past decade. USF Polytechnic will break ground on the first building for its new campus, and Florida Southern College, Southeastern University, and Polk State College will continue to grow and provide educational opportunities for our students and future business leaders. You will get the most benefit from your Chamber if you will take the initiative of participating in its many events and programs. This will give you the opportunity to network with your fellow business owners; learn about their goods and services and “Buy Lakeland”. I am honored to lead the 2010 Board of Directors as we enter the next decade of the 21st century. Again, please use this 2010 Buyer’s Guide along with our Web site at to benefit your business! Sincerely,

Joe L. Ruthven was born in North Carolina, but moved to Lakeland at the age of seven where he attended Cleveland Court Elementary, Southwest Junior High, and Lakeland High School. As a teenager, he learned the value of hard work by spending many summers changing tires at his father’s OK Tire Store on Memorial Blvd. He left Florida to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, graduating with a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1972. After three years of service as a US Naval officer, Joe L. went to work as an engineer at a Shell Oil refinery near New Orleans. Joe L. spent 25 years with Shell working in engineering, construction, and maintenance management positions at locations in New Orleans, Saudi Arabia, and southern Illinois. He took an early retirement option from Shell in 2000 to return to Lakeland and join the family real estate development business, The Ruthvens, with his father, Joe P., brother, Greg, and cousin, Matt. In addition to being an investor in the company, Joe L. is responsible for property management, new construction, and maintenance of The Ruthvens various properties. Since returning to his hometown, Joe L. has been very involved in the Lakeland community, serving as Board Chair of the Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center, treasurer of the Polk Theater Board, and a member of Leadership Lakeland Class XX, the Downtown Lakeland Rotary Club, and the First United Methodist Church. He is entering his fourth year on the Chamber Board of Directors, where he has served on the Government Affairs committee, as Vice Chair of Organizational Advancement, and this past year as Chair-Elect. Joe L. is particularly proud of his family. He has been married for 38 years to native Lakelander Karen Lashley Ruthven. They have three adult sons who have individually served their country as an Air Force fighter pilot, Navy SEAL officer, and a Peace Corp volunteer in Africa. In 2010, Joe L. is honored to be the 2nd generation of Ruthvens to lead the Lakeland Chamber. His father, Joe P. Ruthven, was a former Chamber Chairman in 1974.

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Table of

Contents QualityofLife

For Work or For Play...................................................................... 6 Living in Lakeland......................................................................... 10 Employment Opportunities............................................................. 12 Travel & Transportation................................................................. 15 Hospitals & Healthcare...................................................................16 Learning & Education.................................................................... 23 Arts, Culture & History.................................................................. 28

Festivals & Attractions................................................................... 32 Out on the Town........................................................................... 34 Sports & Recreation...................................................................... 36 Downtown Lakeland...................................................................... 39 A Place to Call Home.................................................................... 40


Chamber Accreditation.................................................................. 41

Past Chairmen of the Board........................................................... 41 Chamber Accolades...................................................................... 42 2010 Executive Committee............................................................. 43 2010 Board of Directors................................................................ 44 Chairman’s Circle......................................................................... 46 Trustees........................................................................................ 55 Executive Office............................................................................ 56 Chamber Foundation..................................................................... 56 Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC)............................ 56 Chamber Staff.............................................................................. 58 Alphabetical Membership Directory............................................... 59

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35 Lake Morton Drive Lakeland, Florida 33801 (863) 688-8551 Fax: (863) 683-7454 Publisher & President: Kathleen L. Munson Managing Editor: Amy S. Wiggins Design: CE Design Co. Contributing Photograper: Tom Hagerty For more information on photos by Tom Hagerty contact The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Buyer’s Guide is published by the Chamber, 35 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801, (863) 688-8551 for its use. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the express written consent of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved © 2010. The publishers cannot guarantee the correctness of this publication, and assume no liability of the contents nor for any errors or omissions.

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For Work or

For Play Built upon historic character, heritage, philanthropy and volunteerism, Lakeland offers its residents and visitors a true sense of place. From its pedestrian friendly downtown to quiet picnics on the shore of one of its lakes, Lakeland has something to offer each of its diverse residents and visitors. In the last 10 years, City-funded public improvements in the downtown core have triggered over $284 million in private investment to downtown Lakeland.

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The restoration & renovation of Lakeland’s last downtown tower has added 76 units of upscale, urban housing to downtown Lakeland. Lake Mirror Community Park, anchored by historic Lake Mirror Promenade, has inspired continuing enhancements and public/private partnerships, including Kryger Overlook Park, Barnett Family Park and Hollis Garden. The Peggy Brown Center, the Magnolia Building and the Lake Mirror Center continue to be popular with community groups and Lakeland residents. Nearly 90,000 people live in Lakeland’s city limits, and the greater Lakeland area is closing in on a population of 220,000. Over 7.5 million people live within a 100-mile radius, something no other city in the Southeast can boast. With a Parks and Recreation department second to none, Lakeland utilizes its diverse neighborhoods, numerous lakes and public spaces to create an atmosphere that welcomes newcomers to join old friends throughout the area. With an average daily temperature of 73 degrees (Fahrenheit), residents and visitors alike

can enjoy Lakeland’s great outdoors all year round. Founded by Abraham Munn, Lakeland was incorporated January 1, 1885. Built on excellent railroad service in the mid-1890’s, Lakeland was quickly one of the premier cities in all of Florida. From the winter strawberry crops of the mid-1890’s to being the 3rd city in all of Florida to have electric lights, Lakeland has always been a hub of innovation and progressive thinkers. Notwithstanding its own identity, Lakeland is ideally situated between the larger metro areas of Tampa and Orlando. Whether it is professional sports, beaches or theme parks, Lakeland is 30 minutes to an hour from it all. Located off Interstate 4 in the middle of Florida’s High Tech Corridor, Lakeland boasts of drives less than 1 hour to the nation’s top airports. According to Conde Nast Traveler readers, Tampa International Airport ranked #2 in the nation and Orlando International Airport ranked #4 in the nation. We invite you to see how Lakeland’s commitment to downtown development, redevelopment, historic preservation, cultural amenities and a business friendly environment make Lakeland the best place for residents, visitors and business.

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Lakeland Numerous options are available to those looking for homes and accommodations in Lakeland and the surrounding area. Single-family homes range in price from $65,000 to well over $1,000,000 for some exclusive estate homes. The median sale price of a home is $131,600. Homes and neighborhoods matching a wide spectrum of needs for individuals and families alike exist in our bustling community. Selections


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include waterfront property, historic homes, custom-designed homes, golf course communities, modern condominiums, rental apartments and country estates with all amenities included. Nursing and assisted care facilities are available through the city and several are located within some of the larger developments. Whether you’re looking for that community you never have to leave, a home close to downtown in an eclectic or historic neighborhood,

or something on the water, Lakeland has a home to offer you. In addition, our community is served by almost 400 churches representing virtually every faith and denomination.

Numerous options are available to those looking for homes in Lakeland and the surrounding areas

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Opportunities Lakeland’s top industries are tourism, manufacturing, distribution and healthcare. Lakeland distinguishes itself as a business friendly city due to our quality of life, diverse culture & people, available labor & labor costs, location on the Interstate 4 corridor between Tampa and Orlando, access to universities, ports and two international airports and the cost of doing business. More and more employers from other industries are calling Lakeland home as we see a continued growth in population and the regeneration of the city. Lakeland’s location between Tampa

and Orlando makes it an ideal location for manufacturing and distribution. The Lakeland market absorbs between one and two million square feet of manufacturing/warehouse space annually, with more than 28 million square feet in the entire market. According to the 2009 3Q report by Cushman & Wakefield, “Lakeland continues to outshine the rest of Florida as it has continued to post positive absorption numbers.” Each year more than 1.6 million visiDetroit Tigers Spring Training


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The Top Industries in Lakeland are Tourism, Healthcare, Distribution & Manufacturing tors travel through Polk County, spending nearly $1.8 billion in revenue and employing 17,000 residents. The Detroit Tigers spring training camp, located in Lakeland accounts for $25 million in revenue. Because tourism is such an important industry to Lakeland, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Lakeland and Central Florida Visitors & Convention Bureau work both independently and in unison on various marketing efforts to keep this industry alive and well. A growing sector of Lakeland’s economy is healthcare. Major health care employers include Lakeland Regional Medical Center (the 5th largest hospital in the state of Florida, housing 851 beds), Watson Clinic (one of the state’s

largest medical clinics with over 1500 employees), Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group, and two cancer centers: the Center for Cancer Care & Research and the Lakeland Regional Cancer Center. In 2009, the Watson Clinic open their new Bella Vista Building, a 50,000 square foot, three-story medical office, located on the corner of North Florida Avenue and East Bella Vista Street. Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group recently celebrated their 60th Anniversary at their new $8 million, 45,000 sf, three-story medical center at Pablo Street and South Florida Avenue. Other healthcare industry employers include, Ascent Healthcare Solutions, a medical reprocessing manufacturer, WellDyneRx, a pharmacy benefits management company and pharmaceutical distributors, McKesson and Cardinal. Other major employers include GEICO, GC Services, FedEx National LTL, Saddle Creek Corporation,

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PublixSuperMarkets Publix Super Markets, Inc. is Lakeland’s largest employer with over 9,000 employees locally and more than 144,000 employees throughout their system. From 1998 – 2009, Publix is listed as “One of the top companies in FORTUNE’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.” Publix is also the number one private employer in Florida, with 2008 retail sales of $23 billion, ranking Publix as the 15th largest retailer in the nation among the National Retail Federation’s Top 100 Retailers. Publix’s Lakeland facilities include numerous super markets, manufacturing (bakery, dairy and deli kitchen), distribution and cold storage

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Employment Continued Summit Consulting, Country Hearth Bakery, Pepperidge Farm, Tampa Maid Foods, Advance Discount Auto Parts, Key Safety Systems, The Ledger, ICT Group, Rooms To Go, City of Lakeland, and Polk County Public Schools. The citrus industry contributes more than $9 billion in economic impact and 90,000 jobs to the state of Florida. Polk County leads the state’s citrus-producing counties with 81,375 acres of commercial citrus groves, according to the 2008 Florida Agricultural Statistics Services (FASS) census.

More and more employers are calling Lakeland home as we see continued growth thoughout the area

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The Lakeland Downtown Development Authority in cooperation with the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of Lakeland, has undertaken redevelopment projects based upon attracting the private sector to invest in the historic Downtown area. Private and public development has pumped more than $300 million into Downtown Lakeland.  Developers

benefit from the exemption of all city and county impact fees (except City Water, City Wastewater, City Fire Service) and are also entitled to various tax credits and other incentives. Downtown Lakeland has gone wireless. Bring along your Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or PDA and browse the internet for free on Surf Lakeland, our Downtown wireless internet hot zone.

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Transportation Lakeland’s proximity to Interstate 4 adds to the magnetism of the City for residents, businesses and visitors alike. I-4 now boasts three travel lanes in both directions along the entire Polk County corridor. In addition to I-4, motorists have the additional options of using the In-town Bypass and the Polk Parkway. The In-town Bypass makes east and west bound traffic in and out of downtown Lakeland trouble-free. The Polk Parkway is a limited access toll road connected to I-4 that eases the access to the interstate for those in the southern part of the city. Expansion of the Amtrak system brought the convenience of passenger rail service to Lakeland. The carrier’s station, located downtown overlooking Lake Mirror, enables passengers to board trains for Miami, Jacksonville, and beyond. Nearby Winter Haven is also home to a passenger boarding station.

Citrus Connection The public transit service provided by the Citrus Connection has something to offer everyone in our area, whether you ride or not. The fact is that an affordable, working mass transportation system is important to local commerce, life and progress. It gets people to work, medical appointments, shop-

ping and recreation and it makes our communities safer and saves valuable resources—and all of that adds up to a boost in our area’s quality of life. The Citrus Connection service is available Monday through Friday 5:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. and on Saturday from 7:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. The buses run over 20 routes in frequencies of 30 and 60 minutes and cover the great majority of shopping centers, medical facilities, educational institutions and recreation centers in the local area. Direct connections can also be made to several neighboring communities. All route maps are available at for viewing and printing. The Lakeland Area Mass Transit Authority (d/b/a Citrus Connection) is approaching over two million rides annually on the fixed route buses and over 170,000 rides through the Handy Bus (Para Transit Service), providing doorto-door service for disabled citizens on a reservation basis. The Citrus Connection is part of your life whether you are using one of the many transit services or just realizing the value of transit.

CSX Freight needs are served by CSX Railroad’s extensive network on tracks

interwoven throughout the county. CSX provides the ideal method of transportation for the train, truck, bare and container traffic it serves.

Lakeland Linder Regional Airport With over 123,000 aviation operations each year, city owned and operated Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is one of the busiest contract towers in the country. Situated four miles southwest of the city’s commerce center, this airport provides service to general aviation aircraft, including approximately 200 business and personal aircraft based at the airport. The airport can accept large aircraft up to, and including a Boeing 757. The airport is also a reliever facility for both Tampa and Orlando International Airports. Facilities include a beautiful terminal and ramp, two runways, associated taxiways, offices, hangar space, and before hangar space. Approaches are available for aircraft arrivals during inclement weather. Lakeland Linder Regional Airport offers two FBO facilities providing services for arriving and departing aircraft. 2010 Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce


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Healthcare Lakeland has a cluster of top tier healthcare institutions, from first rate hospitals to advanced multi-disciplined clinics.

Bartow Regional Medical Center Bartow Regional Medical Center is a 72-bed acute care facility serving south Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, Ft. Meade, southwest Winter Haven and south Polk County. The newest hospital facility in Polk County offering emergency Watson Clinic


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services, inpatient and outpatient surgical services, cardiac catheterization, wound care/hyperbaric medicine, women’s center, intensive care, progressive care, post-surgical care, rehabilitation services, dialysis and lithotripsy. The hospital also offers a wide variety of diagnostic/ancillary services including CT’s , MRI’s, echocardiography and mammography as well as providing a full-service laboratory,

First class cancer treatment is available in many facilites throughout Lakeland

Center for Cancer Care & Research

radiology and respiratory care departments. Since Health Management Associates, Inc. acquired the facility in April 2005 many services have been added. Sixteen beds have been added for a Progressive Care Unit and Post-Surgical Unit, the Emergency Department has been enlarged, a Cardiac Cath Lab was built, and new Center’s for Therapy and Wellness, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine and Women’s Wellness were built. The Emergency Department at Bartow Regional Medical Center is one of the most efficient ER’s in the county with its quick turn-around time. The emergency services department is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with board certified physicians and specially trained nurses to treat all types of emergency situations.

Center for Cancer Care & Research No need to travel outside of the county as first-class cancer treatment is available right in Lakeland at the Center for Cancer Care & Research. This state-of-the-art facility is an affiliate of the acclaimed H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa,

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which means that patients gain access to the latest in cutting edge clinical research trials and treatment options. The Center is operated by two of Central Florida’s most respected medical practices — Watson Clinic and Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group — as well as some of the area’s finest independent oncologists. Expert physicians utilize progressive surgical interventions, and the latest in radiation therapy and chemotherapy alternatives. The facility houses state of the art equipment and technology, and doctors confer with Moffitt’s physicians and research scientists for unusual or complex cases. Their mobile screening unit serves area employers by providing on-site screenings such as mammography, skin checks and blood testing. The Center for Cancer Care & Research — armed with only

Polk County benefits from a scope of specialized services and highly trained and experienced staff the best — stands united in their commitment to fight cancer.

Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group, P.A. Treating each patient as a special individual has been the trademark of Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group since it was founded in 1949. The group combines old-fashioned care with the most modern technology and treatments. Forty skilled doctors and eight advanced physician extenders offer a broad range of medical specialties, including cardiology, oncology, surgery, pulmonology and critical care, internal medicine, pediatrics and women’s health. With a main campus centrally located on South Florida Avenue, Clark & Daughtrey also operates convenient walk-in clinics in north and south 2010 Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce



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Healthcare Continued

Lakeland Regional Medical Center

Watson Clinic is one of the most respected outpatient medical clinics in the southeast Lakeland and a pediatrics office in Winter Haven.

Lakeland Regional Medical Center Founded in 1916, Lakeland Regional Medical Center is one of the largest and most innovative healthcare facilities in Florida. Polk County benefits from a scope of specialized services and highly trained and experienced staff uncommon in a community of our size. Lakeland Regional Medical Center’s Heart Center is the largest, most experienced, and most comprehensive cardiac program in Polk County.

It was the area’s first accredited Chest Pain Center, assuring streamlined care from the emergency department to the catheterization lab and throughout the patient’s stay. In addition, LRMC’s cardiovascular surgery program has been awarded the highest possible distinction as determined by the Society of Thoracic Surgery, the 3 Star Rating achieved by only 12% of hospitals in the country. LRMC’s cardiac services offer everything from prevention programs and innovative diagnostics to the medical management of congestive heart failure and complex open-heart procedures to the personalized care of Cardiac Rehabilitation support. LRMC is also a Joint Commission accredited Primary Stroke Center. Other specialized hospital services include emergency care (including the

area’s only trauma service); neurosurgery; orthopedic surgery; robotic surgery; obstetrics; pediatric and neonatal intensive care; as well as general medical and surgical care units. Lakeland Regional Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Clinic

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The most sophisticated procedures. The highest standards of care are reflected in the leading procedures you’ll find only at Lakeland Regional. Whether it’s minimally invasive open heart, robotic prostatectomy or hysterectomy, or nerve sparing lumbar laminectomy, we’re helping patients recover quicker and with less pain. Advanced techniques like partial knee resurfacing are helping many orthopedic patients avoid total joint replacement. And our variety of interventional cardiovascular procedures are altering the necessity for more invasive treatment down the road. It’s leading edge procedures like these that are improving the quality of life for people right here in Polk County. And that’s the real beauty of it. For more information, visit or call 68¤-LRMC (5762).

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guided surgery· total joint replacement· robotic hysterectomy

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offers complete outpatient rehabilitation services, including physical and speech therapy, aqua therapy, lymphedema management, and pilates training. LRMC’s Mental Heath and Addictions Recovery department provides inpatient services as well as an outpatient Center for Counseling. An outpatient wound care center provides treatment of problem wounds and features two state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers. LRMC’s effective outreach efforts include health fairs, free educational seminars, a Senior Care program, and a free physician referral service. LRMC is also proud to have been named one of Polk County’s Best Places to Work for five years in a row and one of the first Employers of Distinction. For more information, visit

Watson Clinic Watson Clinic has proudly served many generations of Central Florida residents with quality healthcare for the entire family. First established in 1941 with only a handful of physicians, Watson Clinic has grown into one of the largest and most respected outpatient medical clinics in the

southeast. Today, the Watson Clinic team includes over 200 board-certified physicians practicing in 40 different medical and surgical specialties from 16 convenient locations — including their widely-recognized main campus

on Lakeland Hills Boulevard. Watson Clinic physicians are partners in the Center for Cancer Care & Research, a cutting-edge facility that has the largest team of cancer specialists working together to provide complete patient

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Healthcare Continued care, clinical research, education, support groups and cancer screening activities. The Watson Clinic Women’s Center offers the latest in digital mammography and breast surgery services, and the recently opened Bella Vista Building, a three-story, 51,000 square

foot facility, houses the specialties of dermatology, otolaryngology/facial plastic surgery and plastic surgery, as well as a hearing center, speech pathology and a deluxe medical spa. The Watson Clinic Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of the clinic, promotes the wellness of mankind through education and community

service. Watson Clinic has a highly regarded national reputation for securing top-notch physicians, fostering the advancements of tomorrow with the Center for Research, using the latest in technology and innovation, and using their multi-disciplinary approach to patient care for the benefit of their patients.

When fighting cancer, you need a team of specialists who nurture your well-being every step of the way. At the Center for Cancer Care & Research, we have the area’s most experienced team of cancer specialists, all dedicated to preserving a better quality of life for you. Armed with the latest technologies and treatment options, we’re Polk County’s only affiliate of the world renowned H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. And, we were one of only two freestanding cancer centers in the country to earn a highly coveted 3-year accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. When cancer is the diagnosis, choose the team with the credentials

you can trust with your life. Watson Clinic

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Learning &

Education Anchored in Polk County, Lakeland has access to a world class education system that includes both public and private schools, as well as a number of accredited colleges and universities.

Everest University Founded in 1890, Everest University is the oldest business college in the state and is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Degrees available include Associates and Bachelors degrees in Criminal Justice, Medical Assisting, criminal justice, medical assisting, business administration, accounting, computer information science, health care administration,

marketing and pharmacy technician. Everest University has added programs in Medical Insurance Billing and Coding, Business Administration, Accounting, Computer Information Science, and Paralegal Studies. Everest University also offers two diploma programs, Pharmacy Technician and Massage Therapy. The student body consists of more than 7000 students who benefit from the selection of day, evening, weekend, and on-line courses. Everest University offers a quality career education with many advantages. Everest University has instructors with real-world experience. Everest University recruits qualified professionals with industry-specific expertise. So, students

get the benefit of real-world knowledge and gain the kind of practical insights that can not be learned from a textbook. Everest University offers hands-on career training. Everest University incorporates hands-on training into all of our programs. We also help with each student’s search for financial aid. Upon graduation, Everest University help our graduates find jobs within the appropriate career. Our campus has a Career Placement Office staffed with dedicated Career Placement Representatives who assist each student with everything from interviewing skills to improving resumes.

Florida Southern College

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Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive, United Methodist-affiliated college. Florida Southern maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 50 undergraduate programs of study and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. The College has a 12:1 student/ faculty ratio and provides students with numerous opportunities for engaged learning, including student-faculty collaborative research and performance, 2010 Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce


Education Continued study abroad, service learning, internships, and honors study. The College boasts 26 NCAA Division II national championships and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the Top 10 “Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South.” The Princeton Review includes the College in its 2010 edition of “The Best 371 Colleges,” and The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2010 ranks FSC a “Best Buy.” Located on scenic Lake Hollingsworth, Florida Southern is the home of the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

Keiser University The Keiser family, Dr. Arthur and Evelyn Keiser, founded Keiser Univer-

sity in 1977 when they recognized a need in the community for quality career education with a hands-on orientation, small class sizes and innovative scheduling to accommodate working adults. The university continues to be a valuable partner to employers, the community, and, above all, a valued choice for students serious about their education and careers. Keiser University is Florida’s leading statewide provider of career-focused, post-secondary education and is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Statewide, Keiser University serves approximately 16,500 students seeking associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 50 high demand

degree programs at its 13 campuses and through its online and Graduate School divisions. Keiser University’s educational reach extends globally through its international programs including the Latin Division and cooperative agreements in China and the Eastern European nation of Moldova. Due to a student population that has doubled in the past two years, the Lakeland campus of Keiser University has added a second building to accommodate the growth.  The Lakeland campus now has over 1,200 students in programs such as Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Nursing.

Polk County Schools The Polk County Public Schools are the eighth-largest Florida school

PublicLibrary Lakeland enjoys the benefits of three public libraries and sees

Library, and the elibrary South Lakeland offer free access

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internet connectivity. Training classes on software products

Morton Drive, completed a renovation and expansion of its

and computer basics are provided monthly by both the

Youth Services unit in 2006. Space for expanded children’s

Main Library and the elibrary South Lakeland. In addition,

collections, to include more computer resources and study

the libraries feature online databases for research and

rooms makes the library a convenient and attractive place for

downloadable audiobooks for tech savvy users.

students. Youth Services, which serves infants through teens, offers weekly programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers

History: Research Lakeland’s rich history in the Special

in addition to book discussion groups and summer activities

Collections or “Lakeland Room” at the Main Library.

for older children. The Larry R. Jackson Branch Library, at

Users have access to photographs, postcards, maps and

1700 North Florida Avenue, serves the needs of residents

manuscripts both in the room as well as online.

in north Lakeland.  elibrary South Lakeland is a storefront facility at the Lake Miriam Square shopping center at 4740 S. Florida Avenue.  The elibrary, or express library, features the most popular public library resources in one convenient location.  Bestsellers, computer access, DVDs and music CDs are available for check-out.  The library system is funded by both the city of Lakeland and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.


Access: Polk County residents can obtain a library card free of charge with proof of residency. Your library card can be used throughout the county at all public libraries and reciprocal borrowing privileges apply to many neighboring counties such as Pinellas, Lake and Osceola. Lakeland is a member of the Polk County Library Cooperative. To learn more about the libraries in Lakeland

Technology: Internet access for all ages remains a popular

and the services offered, access the Web site at

service. The Main Library, the Larry R. Jackson Branch

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district and among the 40 largest nationally. More than 92,000 students are enrolled.  The district has 161  school sites including traditional elementary, middle and high schools, magnet and choice schools, charter schools and career schools. The district is the largest employer in Polk County with more than 12,000 employees; more than half of those are employed as teachers.   The school district’s percentage of core content courses taught by teachers classified by the federal government as “highly qualified” is 95.1 percent. Polk County Public Schools have a strong community involvement component. Nearly 32,000 volunteers provide more than 1.7 million hours of service to schools each year.  The Polk Education Foundation awards more than $500,000 in scholarships to Polk students annually. More than 2,500 local businesses and organizations partner with schools in programs and projects.  Students provide more than 120,000 hours of service to the community through service projects that link the curriculum to community needs.

Polk State College For more than four decades, Polk State College has positively touched the lives of Polk County residents. PSC serves approximately 20,000 students on its Lakeland and Winter Haven campuses and in two centers, the Airside Center in Lakeland and the JD Alexander Center in Lake Wales. The college changed its name in July 2009 to Polk State College to reflect the creation of its first bachelor’s degree program. Beginning in January 2010, PSC will offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management. PSC plays a vital role by educating citizens of Polk County to lead more

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productive lives. As a result of their studies at PSC, students obtain jobs, refine professional skills, work toward their baccalaureate degrees and acquire knowledge that enriches every aspect of their personal and professional development. The Lakeland campus includes three academic buildings that are used by students, faculty and staff from both PSC and USF Poly. The newest one is the Lakeland Technology Building, which is includes a large state of the art teaching auditorium, classrooms, labs, offices and student support facilities. PSC’s Corporate College helps power economic development, working in cooperation with the Lakeland Economic Development Council and with local businesses and industry. Customized technical and leadership training by the Corporate College helps local businesses 26

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and industry remain competitive in the world economy. Quick Response Training is provided when needed to meet the employment needs of new companies or local companies needing more trained workers in order to expand. For more infomation, visit

Southeastern University Southeastern University is poised to become one of the leading private liberal arts institutions in the country while maintaining a rich heritage of Christcentered learning. From its inception in 1935 as a Bible Institute to train pastors and missionaries, Southeastern’s focus has been to prepare effective Christian leaders. Throughout its history, the university has upheld a commitment to equip students to be people of character and integrity—people

who enter the workforce equipped for their chosen profession and prepared to serve and lead in their families, churches, and communities. Southeastern University is affiliated with the Assemblies of God and welcomes students from a variety of denominations. It is dedicated to the proposition that servant leaders are world changers! During the first decade of this millennium, Southeastern University captured national attention for tripling its enrollment. Today, there are more than 3,000 students enrolled. The university is fully accredited, and includes 45 undergraduate majors and eight graduate programs. Southeastern also operates the George O. Wood Jerusalem Studies Center in Israel, where students study the life of Jesus Christ in the land where He lived, walked and taught. They also explore active archaeological digs, and participate in the mainstream of current events. Located in Lakeland, the campus is 87 acres and showcases Mediterraneanstyle architecture, cobblestone walkways, beautiful landscaping and lots of trees in a serene setting adjacent to two lakes. It is located at 1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, Fla. For more information, call (863) 667-5000 or visit the website at

Traviss Career Center Traviss Career Center has been serving Polk County and Central Florida since 1964, offering accredited, affordable career education. Traviss Career Center is a Polk County public school serving approximately 1,050 full-time high school and adult students and offering over 35 high skill/high wage programs. Program clusters include: Business Technology, Health Science Education, Industrial Technology, Service Careers and Specialized and Evening Programs. These programs offerings include over 20 industry certifications. The programs are available on the main campus and at local high schools. There is abundant financial aide available. The Center is located at 3225 Winter Lake Road (Hwy 540), and is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation.

USF Polytechnic The University of South Florida Polytechnic (USFP) is the state’s only polytechnic university and provides

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upper-level undergraduate and graduate students with an extraordinary opportunity to experience applied learning and research in a personalized setting: small class sizes, convenient locations, innovative programs, and flexible formats. USFP’s faculty members have demonstrated high levels of scholarly achievement as well as excellence in real-world settings outside the classroom. These professional mentors model practical, multidisciplinary approaches to learning that make a difference for students and for the organizations and communities in which those students will work after graduation USFP students pursue degrees and certificates in more than 20 programs and have learned to expect the polytechnic’s multidisciplinary focus, hands-on learning, and real-world application—all delivered within a supportive campus community. Degrees earned on the Polytechnic campus are fully accredited USF degrees through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and other discipline-specific accrediting bodies. USFP students enjoy a vibrant and growing campus life through on-campus events, numerous student organiza-

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provides a supportive atmosphere for your child to explore, discover, and grow. To register for an open house, call 863.680.4172. tions, intramurals, and athletic events. The university’s sports teams participate in the NCAA Division I-A level as members of the prestigious Big East Conference. As a top-tier public university, USF Polytechnic is poised to have a dramatic impact on the economic future and quality of life of central Florida. USFP is also engaged in the process of building a new campus at the eastern intersection of I-4 and the Polk Parkway, between Lakeland and Auburndale at the heart of the emerging Florida High Tech Corridor. This new campus, designed by one of the world’s leading architects, is expected to be a model of “the new American university.” 2010 Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce


Arts, Culture

& History With a wide variety of both visual and performing arts, residents can broaden their horizons through an art museum, children’s museum, Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit, the Florida Dance Theatre, and so much more. Residents of all ages can find something to participate in and enjoy.

Explorations V Children’s Museum Located in the heart of downtown Lakeland in an historic 1929 building, Explorations V offers three floors of kid-powered exhibits and interactive programs that celebrate the five senses! Art & science are the pathways for many Imperial Symphony Orchestra

of the learning concepts, freeing the child’s creativity and unleashing the power of play. Surprise your senses on a jet-stream journey of discovery through touchable exhibits featuring art, science, literature, math, health, life skills and cultures from around the world. Enhance the life of a child and visit Explorations V today!

Florida Air Museum The Florida Air Museum at Sun ‘n Fun is Florida’s official aviation museum and education center. On display you’ll find a unique collection of aircraft and other aviation related memorabilia, including more

than 35 antique, classic and “home built” airplanes. The museum is also home to the one-of-a-kind Howard Hughes collection and exhibits featuring Charles Lindbergh, the Tuskegee Airmen and Florida aviation history.  Year-round education programs enable students of all ages to experience aviation through hands-on learning activities, summer camps and a stimulating lecture series.

Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In Each April, tens of thousands of aviation enthusiasts travel to one of the world’s largest aviation events: the Sun ‘n Fun FlyIn. Held at the Sun ‘n Fun Complex at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, this popular week-long event features more than 4,000 airplanes, daily air shows and a Friday night air show complete with fireworks.  In addition, educational

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forums, seminars and workshops for virtually every aviation interest are available. The event draws guests from all 50 states and more than 80 countries and has an estimated economic impact of more than $27 million on the local economy.

Florida Southern College Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture & Visitors Center Florida Southern College is home to the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. The Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center features a collection of information about the master architect’s 20-year relationship with the College, including a permanent exhibit of his photos, drawings, correspondence, and a model of the campus he named “Child of the Sun.” A walking tour brochure also is available. For Center hours and tour information, call (863) 680-4444 or log on to Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture

Florida Dance Theatre Florida Dance Theatre is a contemporary ballet and modern dance company dedicated to the enhancement of our community, through the art of dance. Florida Dance Theatre gives several performances during the season to enrich the cultural landscape of Polk County. There is also a training academy for children age three to adults and professionals. Florida Dance Theatre takes professional dance into area public schools, has a free granted Summer Youth Dance Camp, scholarship programs and Community Arts Projects. They have reached more than 10,000 young people throughout Polk County. Each season, Florida Dance Theatre intends to provide a multitude of extraordinary and diverse dance programs, continuing its mission to be one of Central Florida’s leaders in American Dance.

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Harrison School for the Arts Located on the campus of Lakeland Senior High School is The Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. Harrison offers programs in motion picture arts, music, theatre, musical theatre, dance and visual arts for students in grades 9 – 12. Students are admitted to the Harrison School for the Arts by audition only and attend Lakeland Senior High School for their general education courses. Performances are open to the public and include the Harrison Symphony, Harrison Singers, theatre main stage production, musical theatre productions, concerts from the Piano Department and Dance Department, visual arts exhibitions and an annual school-wide musical. School information and the performance calendar can be found at

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Arts Continued a young artist competition and school day performances for nearly 9000 of Polk County’s fourth and fifth graders. Fun and informative “Tea & Symphony” music appreciation programs, primarily geared toward the adult business after-hours crowd, are held from 5:45-7:00pm on the Tuesday before each masterworks concert.

Lakeland Community Theatre Lakeland Center Performance

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Lakeland Community Theatre is entering its 24th season at the Lake Mirror Center Theatre on beautiful Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland. The theatre produces five Main Stage Productions per season which run from October through July. The Main Stage season consists of two large musicals, two comedies and a drama.  In addition, the Theatre for Youth offers a production in June and September. Theatre classes are offered throughout the year, as well as several summer theatre camps. Lakeland Community Theatre’s traveling troupe entertains for local charitable and civic events.

The Performing Arts The Lakeland Center is a four-building, multi-purpose entertainment complex and is home to many diverse contemporary artist and performing arts programs including the Lakeland Broadway and Entertainment Concert Series, The Imperial Symphony Orchestra, The Lakeland Concert Band, various children’s performances and numerous dance and talent competitions. The flexible venue features 100,000 square feet of modern exhibit space for corporate meetings, tradeshows, banquets and sporting events. The Jenkins Arena at The Lakeland Center is a choice location for large concerts, meetings and indoor sports. The Arena is home to the Florida High School Championships for Basketball, Volleyball, and Wrestling. During the winter season visitors can enjoy public ice skating. The Youkey theater is a focal point for the arts in the Central Florida market, hosting a variety of cultural and entertainment events for our community.

Polk Museum of Art The Polk Museum of Art has served Lakeland and Polk County for over 40 years. The Museum’s diverse exhibition schedule features over 20 exhibitions Polk Museum of Art

concerts and events, that includes the popular “Music & Martinis” season kick-off, five Tuesday evening masterwork concerts, a fully staged opera, a Sunday afternoon “Cookie” concert for families, fall outdoor pops in Lakeland and Winter Haven, and “Concert Under the Stars” at Historic Bok Sanctuary on the first Saturday in May. Educational programs for youth include master classes with guest artists, 30

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per year in a wide variety of artistic styles and genres: from the realistic to the abstract, and from the ancient to the extremely contemporary, you’re sure to find something you like on display! Want to do something fun or enlightening? The Museum also provides a comprehensive calendar of events and educational activities. Just look at all we do: MIDFORIDA Mayfaire by-theLake outdoor art festival; Family Day, a free day of art and fun; art classes; lectures by visiting artists; fun parties like The Gala, Drinkable Art, and Red, White & The Blues; holiday events like our Holiday Luncheon, Gems & Jewels: A Wearable Art Event, Breakfast with Santa, and Kwanzaa Celebration; and don’t forget our film series and unique Museum Store.

Polk Theatre The Polk Theatre is one of only 3 atmospheric theatres still in existence  in the state of Florida. The Historic Polk Theatre opened in  December 1928  as a vaudeville and movie house and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Polk  was the first air conditioned building in Lakeland and when they turned the air on, the lights downtown dimmed! It was once owned by Publix Theatre Group of NYC and is where Publix Super Markets got its name! Restored in 1999, it now has a renewed life as the ideal venue for Performing Arts, films (FriSunday), affordable rentals (including weddings)  and social gatherings. The Polk Theatre shows quality films, independent and foreign films and hosts a yearly Performing Arts Series that brings nationally acclaimed shows to its stage. Tours and school tours are available upon advance request.

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Festivals &

Attractions Throughout each year, Lakeland provides access to a number of top tourist desinations and attractions, always leaving you with something interesting to see or do.

Bok Tower Gardens Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark  and one of America’s  finest gardens  located in Lake Wales, offers the beauty and serenity of a  250 acre Olmsted-designed landscape garden located on one of peninsular Florida’s highest points.  Music from a 60-bell carillon fills the garden daily. The Pinewood Estate showcases one of the finest examples of Mediterranean-

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style architecture in Florida.  Christmas at Pinewood is an annual holiday home tour showcasing the mansion in resplendent décor.  The Imperial Symphony Orchestra and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra play to large crowds at the annual outdoor pops and light classics concerts.  A nature preserve and walking trails, as well as a visitor center, café and gift shop are available. 

Fantasy of Flight Fantasy of Flight is an aviationthemed attraction showcasing vintage aircraft from the world’s largest private collection. General admission includes

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themed immersion experiences, flight simulators, interactive exhibits, a tram tour of aircraft maintenance areas, restoration and backlot tours and a daily aerial demonstration, a unique opportunity to see rare aircraft in flight (weather permitting). Recent additions to Fantasy of Flight attractions include the Fun with Flight Center for families, The Tuskegee Airmen – They Dared to Fly exhibit and the multimedia tribute to the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) – A Passionate Pursuit. Audio tours, hot air balloon rides and biplane rides are available for an extra charge. Watch planes take off and get a taste of flying at the Art Decostyled Compass Rose Diner from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, or visit Fantasy of Flight’s Gift Shop for specialty product offerings for your favorite aviation enthusiast. Both are open to the public, with no admission fee required. Parking is free. Fantasy of Flight is located at exit 44 off I-4, halfway between

Tampa and Orlando, at 1400 Broadway Blvd. S.E. in Polk City, Fla. For more information about Fantasy of Flight, call (863) 984-3500 or visit Try to allow a minimum of 4 hours for your visit to Fantasy of Flight.

MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake Begun in 1974 as a crafts fair on the lawn of the Lakeland Public Library, Polk Museum of Art’s MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake has grown into one of Florida’s premier outdoor art festivals. Every Mother’s Day weekend, more than 180 artists display their creative wares around the shores of beautiful Lake Morton in Downtown Lakeland. Enjoy great food, live entertainment, and free art activities at the Children’s Art Tent. Come see why MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake has such a great reputation!

Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In Each April, tens of thousands of aviation enthusiasts travel to one of the world’s largest aviation events: the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In. Held at the Sun ‘n Fun Complex at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, this popular week-long event features more than 4,000 airplanes, daily air shows and a Friday night air show complete with fireworks.  In addition, educational forums, seminars and workshops for virtually every aviation interest are available.  The event draws guests from all 50 states and more than 80 countries and has an estimated economic impact of more than $27 million on the local economy.

Florida Southern College Festival of Fine Arts The Festival of Fine Arts at Florida Southern College is an annual series of

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With a location between Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland residents can enjoy the many attractions in Central Florida live performances in theater, music and dance. The Festival, now celebrating its 50th season, features internationally renowned artists, such as soprano Kathleen Battle, pianist André Watts, and the Moscow Festival Ballet, as well as members of the talented College faculty and student body.

Seasonal Festivals Every January, more than 30,000 people enjoy Lakeland’s Annual Pig Festival. Attendees enjoy sampling food from 300 BBQ teams competing in various categories and for a chance to qualify for the America Royal Invitational, the largest barbeque contest in the world. Tiger Town, the spring training facility for the Detroit Tigers, serves as the perfect venue for an afternoon of fun for the whole family. In April, the Lemon Street Cel-

ebration for the Salute to the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition is celebrated with a street party in Downtown. Docents introduce the ten new sculptures along Lemon Street and Downtown restaurants provide samplings of their food. There is street entertainment and family fun! October is the month for the Munn Park Garden Extravaganza and the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival attracts over 500 show vehicles and 25,000 spectators around Lake Mirror and into the heart of Downtown. December is the month for the Holiday Walk-About, an event which enables attendees to enjoy the Downtown area’s holiday decorations while supporting its eclectic array of merchants. It is also the month for the annual Christmas Parade and Snowfest. 2010 Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce


Out on

the Town Lakeland and its surrounding area provide a wealth of shopping and dining opportunities. The City’s historic and revitalized Downtown features a popular antiques district, Munn Park, and Lake Mirror Park with Hollis Garden. These landmarks are joined by a thriving assortment of shops, museums, art galleries, restaurants, delis and cafes. The Downtown district boasts nearly 90 specialty shops, antique shops and dining establishments. Cobb Theatres, Lakeside Village

Our city offers a variety of shopping centers, flea markets, farmers’ markets, and major and mini malls. Restaurants and night life venues abound downtown and throughout Lakeland, serving up everything from fine dining to a quick snack. Meal options range from breakfast, smoothies, coffee houses, tea rooms, sports bars,

seafood, barbeque, eclectic American, New Orleans-style, Cuban, Greek, Mexican, Irish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, New York Style Pizza, and traditional continental fare. For a night out dancing, the city offers everything from traditional Irish music and nightclubs to a variety of dance clubs and entertainment establishments.

Lakeside Village Lakeside Village is a dynamic lifestyle complex that combines retail, hospitality, entertainment and office space. Located in Lakeland’s upscale Grasslands area, its beautifully landscaped courtyards and streets invite you to stroll, shop and enjoy. Some of the retail shops that you will find at Lakeside Village include Belk, Kohl’s, Books-A-Million, GameStop and Chico’s. Join us for a movie at Cobb Theatres or choose from a good selection of restaurants including Chili’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, Mimi’s Café and Coldstone Creamery. 34

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Lakeside Village is a dynamic complex that combines retail, hospitality, entertainment and office space Lakeland Square Mall Lakeland Square Mall is centrally located in the heart of Lakeland and is home to exciting retailers such as Hollister, Charlotte Russe, Zumiez, American Eagle, Justice and Old Navy. Owned and operated by General Growth Properties, Lakeland Square also features top name department stores such as Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenney, Burlington Coat Factory and Sears. Families with small children enjoy preferred upfront parking, and the little drivers can enjoy our new Kiddie Kruzzer strollers, located at each entrance.


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Sports &

Recreation Lakeland has a strong reputation of great sporting events and teams. The city also provides some of the best recreational facilites in the state.

Amateur Sports A variety of sporting events are held at The Lakeland Center each year. The venue has provided facilities for professional hockey and basketball teams. Each year, The Lakeland Center hosts the Florida High School Athletic Association Finals High School Sporting Event


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Tournament for Girl’s Volleyball, Wrestling and both Boys and Girls Basketball. These tournaments generate thousands of visitors to the Lakeland Area.

Professional Sports Lakeland is the Spring Training headquarters for the Detroit Tigers and the regular season home of its minor league affiliate in the Class A Florida State League, the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The relationship between

Lakeland and the Detroit Tigers is the longest lasting relationship between a major league baseball team and a current Spring Training host city. This spring will mark the Tigers 74th year training in Lakeland. The $11 million renovation project of Joker Marchant Stadium has transformed the park into a state of the art facility that features six luxury suites, a second tier concourse level, new seating areas, an outfield berm, as well as brand new individual seats with cup holders

and improved seating for handicapped fans. Adjacent to the 12-acre tract on which the stadium is situated is Tiger Town, the Tigers’ minor league training site since 1953. A three-story dormitory provides housing for 190 players and coaches. It was dedicated in 1971 and named in honor of the late John Fetzer, former owner and president of the Detroit Tigers. A new administration building, cafeteria and recreation center were constructed in 1993 to complete the Tiger Town Renovation. Tiger Town is owned and operated by the City of Lakeland. The Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for maintaining the facilities. Nearby Tampa is home to NFL’s 2003 Super Bowl Champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NHL’s 2004 Stanley Cup Champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and MLB’s 2008 American League East Division Champions, the Tampa Bay Rays. In Orlando, you’ll find the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Fishing With more than 600 freshwater lakes, rivers, and phosphate pits, Polk County has a world-renowned reputation for great freshwater fishing. Excellent saltwater fishing is available just a short drive away in the Gulf of Mexico. Required fishing licenses are easily attainable at most bait and tackle shops or through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Web site, The Web site also contains useful information such as fishing tips, forecasts, regulations, and events. Many of the area’s park facilities feature boat ramps, providing

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Because of the great climate, you’ll always be able to find something to do, whether you’re an active participant or a spectator direct access to the county’s beautiful assortment of lakes and rivers.

Lakeland Parks and Recreation The Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department oversees a full complement of recreational activities and multi-purpose facilities. The recreation division plays host to more traditional sports such as tennis, swimming, softball, basketball, and soccer programs as well as fun-filled leagues that introduces the excitement of dodge ball and kickball to the community. The city maintains more than 50 parks with an array of amenities including base-

ball fields, football fields, lakefront picnic areas, walking trails, an in-line skating rink, skate park, playgrounds, volleyball courts, and boat ramps. The award winning Hollis Garden located on historic Lake Mirror is a must see for everyone.  This formal botanic garden, Barnett Family Park and Kryger Overlook Park are just a few of the showcase elements that contribute to the beautiful Lake Mirror Park.  CommonGround is a newer park that has become very popular.  This creative play experience was built for individuals of every age and all abilities and it is designed to be universally accessible. The park itself is in the shape of a butterfly 2010 Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce


Sports Continued and it features very unique playground equipment. The city operates six multi-purpose recreational facilities including a full service 27-hole golf course, two pools, two top quality weight rooms, 34 lighted tennis courts, six three-wall racquetball courts, 32 covered shuffleboard courts, an artificial lawn-bowling green, bike trails, and recreational programming for citizens of all ages. The group also oversees the rental of meeting space that ranges from park side pavilions to historic settings such as the Magnolia Building on Lake Mirror.  This wide array of rental facilities truly does have something for all size budgets.  So whether you are looking for a new rec-

reational program or wanting to rent a meeting space, the City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department will help you find the perfect fit.

Golf, Tennis & Lawn Bowling Lakeland and the surrounding area play host to more than two dozen golf courses, offering a variety of challenging venues for both public and private play. Cleveland Heights Golf Course features 27 classically designed holes that offer a challenge to all skill levels.  Cleveland Heights is a municipal facility with a private club feel. Huntington Hills Golf & Country Club also offers public play. Championship golf can be found at private clubs such as Grasslands Golf & Country Club and Lone Palm Golf Club as

well as semi-private clubs such as Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort, The Club at Eaglebrooke, and ImperiaLakes Golf and Country Club. Various PGA tournaments are held in our area, including the PGA Cadillac Open, the PGA Tour Qualifying Finals held at the Cleveland Heights Golf Course. For tennis, a number of superb facilities complete with amenities and professional tennis instruction are located throughout the region, for both private and public play including the newly renovated Beerman Family Tennis Center located at Veterans Park off Edgewood Avenue. Lakeland has the only lawn bowling green in Florida with championship Henselite artificial turf.

LakelandFamilyYMCA More than just “a place to work out,” the YMCA is a fun destination for the whole family! The YMCA provides award-winning after school child care in their facilities and in 20 area schools. During the summer and school holidays, the YMCA provides camps, field trips, and educational enrichment. Youth programs begin with Water Orientation and progress to “Mommy and Me” play and Totnastics.  Youth sports include gymnastics, basketball, soccer, t-ball, flag football, synchronized swimming and swimming lessons.  All youth sports include instruction in values from a trained “Character Coach” who emphasizes the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Men, women and teens can work out in our well-equipped Wellness Centers, swim laps in our pool and take group exercise classes in strength training, aerobics, Pilates and water aerobics.  Senior exercise opportunities include warmwater arthritis classes, water aerobics, “Just Stretch”, and low-impact chair fitness class.  Our Active Older Adults meet monthly for a covered dish luncheon. For a competitive workout, adults can join a racquetball or basketball league. Teen programs include Teen Nites, Leaders Club, Youth in


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Government, and many opportunities for community service. YMCA Par 3, Home of the First Tee of Lakeland Fun for the whole family! The lighted driving range, practice greens, netted practice “cage”, and 9-hole, par 3 golf course are open to the public. Professional golf instructors offer individual and group instruction to adults and youth. The First Tee program curriculum offers progressive levels of golf instruction and includes lessons in “Life Skills” which emphasize the nine core values of honesty, sportsmanship, courtesy, judgment, integrity, perseverance, respect, responsibility and confidence.  All camps and programs are available to boys and girls ages 6-18. Financial Aid is available to qualified applicants.


Lakeland In the last decade, Lakeland’s Downtown has seen a resurgence from what was once a sleepy city center to an energized core for the Lakeland area. Government, financial institutions, businesses, restaurants, retail, entertainment, parks and residential housing all create an exciting destination for workers, residents and visitors alike. New and renovated Class “A” office buildings such as the Pilot Bank Building, SunTrust Bank at the Lakeland Plaza, Colonial Square, Heritage Plaza and Century Plaza offer attractive locations for businesses in the Downtown area.  Smaller buildings have also been built or renovated and are available for sale or lease.  Many opportunities exist in the Downtown area for those who wish to be part of the Downtown community.

Developers have invested their dollars by building new residential units in Downtown. Sixteen lofts were built with retail space on the first floor.  These are the first owner occupied units available in Downtown.  The Lakeland Downtown Development Authority has acquired 14.62 acres for the future development of 500+ condos and townhomes in the area of Downtown north of the Lakeland Police Department.  The Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, a public agency, in cooperation with the City of Lakeland, has implemented a redevelopment strategy based upon attracting the private sector to invest in the historic Downtown. Public infrastructure and civic amenities, development incentives, land assem-

bly and other techniques are being used to create an environment that is friendly to both the investor and the user. With ongoing public investment, Lakeland’s Downtown has been and will continue to be a desirable destination. The City’s commitment to growth and progress while maintaining a sense of history and hometown feel has been exemplified by a number of efforts.  The streetscapes in Downtown Lakeland offer wide sidewalks with geometric pavers, trees and historic streetlights.  Nearly 400 container gardens are placed along the streetscapes of Downtown, adding color and interest to the setting.  New signage is planned to help locate retail businesses, dining, entertainment, cultural, educational, hotels and parks.

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A Place to

Call Home Our commitment to excellence allows Lakeland to continue to grow. Lakeland is the most dynamic city to emerge on the I-4 Corridor between Tampa and Orlando. It is exciting to see this area grow, develop and become one of the most sought after places to live in the state. Employment opportunities are constantly emerging as more and more technology based companies are moving into our are. National retailers are taking note of our tremendous growth and becoming major anchors in our new retail centers.

It’s exciting to see this area grow, develop and become one of the most sought after places to live in the state We boast successful newer business development, such as industrial technology, flavors and essence companies, and major distribution centers while we improve upon our roots of agriculture and phosphate mining. We take pride in our community, and we have our own identity. Lakeland’s infrastructure is constantly 40

2010 Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

adapting to accommodate new business growth as commerce continues to expand past city limits. Our top notch education system, our dynamic assortment of arts, culture and recreational opportunities offer something for everyone. We’ve got it all, from Pics on the Promenade to Opera at The Polk Theatre.

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Lakeland has retained the charm of a small town because it’s made up of great people – people from all walks of life and from all age groups. Simply put, these people are proud to call Lakeland home, and you will be too! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about all the benefits living in Lakeland brings to you and your family.

Experience dining around the world…right around the corner. By supporting businesses in Lakeland, your purchases: • Create job opportunities for friends and family • Direct dollars to Lakeland for schools, roads and parks

The pleasure of dining out is experiencing different cuisines and exciting atmospheres. The satisfaction of dining in Lakeland is the many choices close to home. Lakeland features more than 300 restaurants offering a variety of menu items for every taste and budget. So, you can enjoy a casual family meal, a romantic dinner for two or a celebration of friends…without an I-4 traffic jam for dessert. When your appetite says “let’s go out”—Buy Lakeland, It makes good cents!

That tripour tolong-term the outlet mall in Orlando didn’t save much after all. • Help sustain economic growth


Quality of Life Guide  
Quality of Life Guide  

The 2010 quality of life section from the Buyer's Buide