2009 Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
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Message from the
Chairman of
the Board
t is a privilege to present to you the 2009 Buyer’s Guide from
the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce.
Te Buyer’s Guide is a compendium of resources and provides
a single yet comprehensive summary of more than 2,000 business
members and their products and services. Also included are details
about the many programs, events, and contact information for key
Chamber and community resources.
From your review of the Buyer’s Guide, you will surely notice that Lakeland is
home to businesses of all sizes, from small to large, and that our business community continues
to become deeper and more diverse as we realize the vast economic growth potential inherent
to Lakeland. Use this Buyer’s Guide as I do - to develop your own business network and help us
reinforce our “Buy Lakeland. It makes good cents !” campaign.
We fnd ourselves in interesting yet challenging times. Te economy of our city is a microcosm
with respect to our region, our state, our country, and, indeed, the world. Economies are
transforming themselves the world over from what they once were to what they hope to be, and
cities are each vying to become a ‘next generation city’; a place where the ideas of tomorrow will
be created and launched by the workforce of tomorrow. If we work smart and we work together,
Lakeland will be well-positioned to take its place as a next generation city. Lakeland already benefts
from signifcant assets, including our location along Florida’s High-Tech Corridor, our growing and
diverse workforce, and our relative afordability. While all of these attributes indeed make Lakeland
a desirable place to work and live, the ethos of our business community is marked with a strong
sense of philanthropy coupled with a proven culture of leadership. Tese qualities are unique to
Lakeland and our Chamber is instrumental in sustaining and nurturing these distinctive attributes.
Tere are countless ways to become involved with the Chamber through our many programs
and events, all designed to improve the business environment within our community and to help
our members succeed in their own business. While the level of participation and involvement
with our Chamber will vary from member to member, I know frsthand that those who will
beneft most are the motivated members who take an active role to promote their own business,
avail themselves of the professional resources the Chamber has to ofer, and can then realize the
value of their investment as a Chamber member.
It is an inspiration to serve as Chairman of your Chamber, alongside a talented and diverse
Board of Directors and Staf. Together, we look forward to serving as stewards of our community
as we transform Lakeland from being just another great place to live and work to becoming
Florida’s “Community of Choice”.
Anu Saxena
2009 Chairman of the Board
Anu saxena was born in India and
moved to Lakeland with his family in
1971. He attended public schools and
graduated from Lakeland High school
in 1982. Anu completed his B.s. in
Civil engineering from the university of
Florida, worked in Finland for a period
of time, and then earned his Masters
Degree in engineering from Cornell
university in 1988. He then worked in
Atlanta for several years where he met
and married his wife, Punam.
In 1991, Anu and Punam returned to
Lakeland where he joined his father’s
family-owned engineering practice as
a Project engineer. Today he serves as
President of AsC geosciences, inc., a
multi-disciplined engineering frm with
offces throughout the southeastern
united states and international
offces in India. He has focused
his practice on major public-sector
and private-sector projects in the
areas of transportation, education
and institutional development.
Anu has been recognized by his
peers with a number of awards and
distinctions, including: young engineer
of the year in 1994 (by Florida
engineering society), engineer of
the year in 2002 (American society
of Civil engineers), and the Minority
Business Person of the year (Tampa
Bay Business Journal).
since his graduation from Leadership
Lakeland Class 19, Anu has become
involved with numerous community
organizations such as Lakeland
Volunteers in Medicine, Polk Theatre,
Polk Vision, Central Florida Development
Council, student Advisory Council at
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, and
Leadership Polk’s inaugural class. He
has also maintained his work with
several honorary societies such as
Tau Beta Pi, epsilon Lambda Chi, and
Omicron Delta Kappa.
Over the past six years, Anu has
focused his community involvement
with the Lakeland Area Chamber of
Commerce where he has served on
numerous committees and task forces
since 2000, many of which he has
chaired. Over the past three years,
Anu has served on the Chamber’s
executive committee as Vice Chair
for Diversity, Vice Chair for smart
Community, and as Chair-elect.
Anu considers it the highest civic
honor to lead one of Florida’s fnest
chambers and to follow the example
of visionary Lakeland business
leaders before him. He hopes to
help transform the environment of our
community as a Next Generation City
where his children will also choose to
settle with their families as Lakeland
truly becomes Florida’s “Community
of Choice”.
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Lakeland Area
Chamber of Commerce
35 Lake Morton Drive
Lakeland, Florida 33801
Fax: 863.683.7454
Publisher & President:
Kathleen L. Munson
Managing Editor:
Aaron J. Bates
Amy Dennis
Contributing Photograper:
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Quality of Life

s Guide
Lakeland for Work or Play .............................................................. 4
Living in Lakeland .......................................................................... 8
employment Opportunities ............................................................ 10
Transportation ............................................................................. 13
Healthcare .................................................................................. 14
education .....................................................................................21
Arts &Culture ............................................................................... 26
Festivals & Attrations .................................................................... 30
Downtown ................................................................................... 32
A Place to Call Home ................................................................... 33
On The Town ............................................................................... 34
sports & recreation ..................................................................... 36
Chamber Accreditation ................................................................. 39
Past Chairman of the Board .......................................................... 39
Chamber Accolades ..................................................................... 40
2009 executive Committee ........................................................... 41
2009 Board of Directors ............................................................... 42
Chairman’s Circle ........................................................................ 44
executive Offce ........................................................................... 54
Chamber Foundation .................................................................... 54
Lakeland economic Development Council (LeDC) ........................... 54
Chamber staff ............................................................................. 56
Trustees ....................................................................................... 57
Membership Directory .................................................................. 58
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For Work
or For Play
groups and Lakeland residents.
Nearly 90,000 people live in Lake-
land’s city limits, and the greater Lake-
land 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 depart-
of Lakeland’s
last downtown
tower has added 76
units of upscale, urban
housing to downtown Lake-
land. Lake Mirror Community
Park, anchored by historic Lake Mirror
Promenade, has inspired continuing en-
hancements and public/private partner-
ships, including Kryger Overlook Park,
Barnett Family Park and Hollis Garden.
Te Peggy Brown Center, the Magnolia
Building and the Lake Mirror Center
continue to be popular with community
uilt upon historic character,
heritage, philanthropy and
volunteerism, Lakeland ofers its resi-
dents 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
ofer each of its diverse residents and
In the last 10 years, City-funded
public improvements in the downtown
core have triggered over $284 million
in private investment to downtown
Lakeland. Te restoration & renovation
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of innovation and progressive thinkers.
Notwithstanding its own identity,
Lakeland is ideally situated between the
larger metro areas of Tampa and Orlan-
do. Whether it is professional sports,
beaches or theme parks, Lakeland is
30 minutes to an hour from it all. Lo-
cated of Interstate 4 in the middle of
Florida’s High Tech Corridor, Lakeland
boasts of drives less than 1 hour to the
nation’s top 2 airports. According to
Conde Nast Traveler readers, Tampa
International Airport ranked #1 in the
country and #3 in the world, and Or-
lando International Airport ranked #2
in the country and #5 in the world.
We invite you to see how Lakeland’s
commitment to downtown develop-
ment, redevelopment, historic preserva-
tion, cultural amenities and a business
friendly environment make Lakeland
the best place for residents, visitors and
businesses alike.
ment second to none, Lakeland utilizes
its diverse neighborhoods, numerous
lakes and public spaces to create an at-
mosphere that welcomes newcom-
ers to join old friends through-
out the area. With an average
daily temperature of 73
degrees (Fahrenheit), resi-
dents and visitors alike
can enjoy Lakeland’s
great outdoors all year
Founded by Abraham
Munn, Lakeland was in-
corporated 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 strawber-
ry 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
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Living In
umerous 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. Te median sale price of a
home is $131,600.
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Homes and neighborhoods match-
ing a wide spectrum of needs for indi-
viduals and families alike exist in our
bustling community. Selections 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 develop-
ments. 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
ofer you.
In addition, our community is served
by almost 400 churches representing
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Numerous options
are available to those
looking for homes in
the Lakeland area
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more than $25 million
in revenue. Because tour-
ism is such an important
industry to Lakeland, the
Lakeland Area Chamber of
Commerce, City of Lakeland
and Central Florida Visitors &
Convention Bureau work both inde-
pendently and in unison on various mar-
keting eforts to keep this industry alive
and well.
A growing sector of Lakeland’s econ-
omy is health care. 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 1,500 employ-
ees), Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group,
and two cancer centers the Center for
Cancer Care and Research and Lake-
lion square feet on manu-
facturing/warehouse space
annually, with over 28 million
square feet in the entire market.
According to the 2008, third quarter
report by Cushman & Wakefeld, “Te
Lakeland Industrial Market remains sta-
ble when compared to Florida’s other in-
dustrial markets. Te Lakeland Market’s
overall vacancy rate remains the lowest
of all Florida’s major industrial markets.”
Each year more than 1.6 million visi-
tors travel through Polk County, spend-
ing nearly $1.8 billion in taxable sales
revenue and employing 17,000 residents.
Te Detroit Tigers spring training camp,
and the year-round Lakeland Flying
Tigers located in Lakeland account for
akeland’s top three industries
are tourism, manufacturing and
distribution. Lakeland distinguishes it-
self 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 univer-
sities, ports and two International air-
ports and the cost of doing business.
More and more employers from other
industries are calling Lakeland home as
we see a continued growth in popula-
tion and the regeneration of the city.
Lakeland’s location between Tampa
and Orlando makes it an ideal location
for manufacturing and distribution. Te
Lakeland market absorbs between 2 mil-
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Lakeland’s Top
Three Industries are
Tourism, Manufacturing
and Distribution
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city and county development impact
fees and are also entitled to various tax
credits and other incentives.
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Other major employers include GEI-
CO Insurance, GC Services, FedEx Na-
tional LTL, Saddle Creek Corporation,
Summit Consulting, Key Safety, Mc-
Donald Construction, Country Hearth
Bakery, Pepperidge Farm, Te Ledger,
Tampa Maid Foods, the City of Lake-
land and Polk County Public Schools.
Te citrus industry (the growing, pack-
ing, processing and selling) contributes
more than $9 billion in economic impact
and 90,000 jobs to the state of Florida.
Polk County leads the state’s citrus-pro-
ducing counties with 81,109 acres of com-
mercial citrus groves and ranks second
with 9.6 million citrus trees, according
to the most recent USDA statistics.
Polk ranked frst in Florida, 2006-
07 production, with 22.4 million
boxes of citrus harvested.
Te Lakeland Downtown De-
velopment Authority, in coopera-
tion with the City of Lakeland, has
undertaken development projects
based upon attracting the private sec-
tor to invest in the historic Downtown
area. Private and public development
has pumped more than $284 million
into Downtown Lakeland. Developers
beneft from the exemption of some
land Regional Cancer Center. WellDyne
Rx announced plans for its full service
prescription benefts management and
Southeast operations center, which will
employ 671 employees by year three of
operation. Watson Clinic just completed
a 50,000 sf expansion which will house
several specialties including plastic sur-
gery and a medical spa.
Polk County leads the
state’s citrus-producing
counties with 81,109
acres of commercial
citrus groves and ranks
second with 9.6 million
citrus trees
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Publix supermarkets
Publix super Markets is
Lakeland’s largest em-
ployer with over 9,000 em-
ployees locally. From 1998-
2008, Publix is listed as
“One of the top companies
in FOrTuNe’s list of “100
Best Companies to Work
For.” Publix is also the num-
ber one private employer
in the state of Florida, with
2007 retail sales of $23 bil-
lion. Publix is one of the10
largest –volume supermar-
ket chains in the united
states. Publix’s Lakeland
facilities include numerous
super markets, manufactur-
ing (bakery, dairy and deli
kitchen), distribution and
cold storage facilities as
well as their recently com-
pleted 320,000 square feet
corporate headquarters.
Constantly adding new
stores, Publix currently has
over 961 super markets in
5 states.
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Travel &
interwoven throughout the county.
CSX provides the ideal method of
transportation for the train, truck, bare
and container trafc it serves.
Lakeland Linder
regional Airport
With over 123,000 aviation operations
each year, city owned and operated Lake-
land 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 aircraf, in-
cluding approximately 200 business and
personal aircraf based at the airport. Te
airport can accept large aircraf up to, and
including a Boeing 757.
Te airport is also a reliever facility
for both Tampa and Orlando Interna-
tional Airports. Facilities include a
beautiful terminal and ramp, two run-
ways, associated taxiways, ofces, han-
gar space, and two restaurants.
Approaches are available for air-
craft arrivals during inclement weath-
er. Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
offers two FBO facilities providing
services for arriving and departing
recreation and it makes our communi-
ties safer and saves valuable resources—
and all of that adds up to a boost in our
area’s quality of life.
Te 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. Te 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 connec-
tions can also be made to several neigh-
boring communities. All route maps
are available at for
viewing and printing.
Te Lakeland Area Mass Transit Au-
thority (d/b/a Citrus Connection) is
approaching over two million rides an-
nually on the fxed route buses and over
170,000 rides through the Handy Bus
(Para Transit Service), providing door-
to-door service for disabled citizens on
a reservation basis.
Te Citrus Connection is part of
your life whether you are using one of
the many transit services or just realiz-
ing the value of transit.
Freight needs are served by CSX
Railroad’s extensive network on tracks
akeland’s proximity to Inter-
state 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 op-
tions of using the In-town Bypass and
the Polk Parkway. Te In-town Bypass
makes east and west bound trafc in
and out of downtown Lakeland trou-
ble-free. Te 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. Te carrier’s
station, located downtown overlook-
ing 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
Te public transit service provided by
the Citrus Connection has something
to ofer everyone in our area, whether
you ride or not. Te fact is that an af-
fordable, working mass transportation
system is important to local commerce,
life and progress. It gets people to work,
medical appointments, shopping and
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Train station
& Healthcare
Care and Hyperbaric Medicine were
built. Te Emergency Department at
Bartow Regional Medical Center is
one of the most efcient ER’s in the
services, dialysis and
lithotripsy. Te hos-
pital also ofers a wide
variety of diagnostic/
ancillary services including
CT’s, MRI’s, echocardiography
and mammography as well as pro-
viding a full-service laboratory, radiol-
ogy 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 en-
larged, a Cardiac Cath Lab was built,
and a new Center for Terapy and
Wellness and a new Center for Wound
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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. Te newest hos-
pital facility in Polk County ofering
emergency services, inpatient and out-
patient surgical services, cardiac cath-
eterization, wound care/hyperbaric
medicine, intensive care, progressive
care, post-surgical care, rehabilitation
Lakeland has a
wealth of arts
and culture if you
know where to look
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Bartow regional
Medical Center
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progressive surgical interventions,
and the latest in radiation therapy
and chemotherapy alternatives. Te
facility houses state of the art equip-
ment and technology, and doctors
confer with Moftt’s physicians and
research scientists for unusual or
complex cases. Teir mobile screen-
ing unit serves area employers by
providing on-site screenings such
as mammography, skin checks and
blood testing. Te Center for Cancer
Care & Research -- armed with only
the best -- stands united in their com-
mitment to fght cancer.
days a week with board certifed phy-
sicians 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 frst-class cancer treat-
ment is available right in Lakeland
at the Center for Cancer Care &
Research. Tis state-of-the-art fa-
cility is an afliate of the acclaimed
H. Lee Moftt Cancer Center &
Research Institute in Tampa, which
means that patients gain access to the
latest in cutting edge clinical research
trials and treatment options. Te
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 fnest independent
oncologists. Expert physicians utilize
county with its quick turn-around
time. Te emergency services depart-
ment is stafed 24 hours a day, seven
As Lakeland continues
to advance and
develop, the demand
for quality, innovative
healthcare grows
863-680-7780 863-284-5040 863-683-5941
1730 Lakeland Hills Blvd. • Lakeland, FL •
Watson Clinic
Clark & Daughtrey
Medical Group, P.A.
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 are
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.
Vein Center at Watson Clinic’s
Heart & Vascular Institute
Since 1941, Watson Clinic has been
Lakeland's medical provider of choice,
delivering compassionate and skilled
health care services to generations of
families. As this community has grown,
so have we. Watson Clinic now offers
14 convenient locations and more than
200 physicians in a wide variety of
medical and surgical specialties. We
remain committed to providing the
expert care and advanced technologies
you deserve. For more information,
call today at 863-680-7000 or visit
us online at
We are a proud member of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce,
the Board of Directors, Chairman’s Circle and the
Lakeland Economic Development Council.
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Lakeland and a pediatrics
ofce in Winter Haven.
Watson Clinic LLP
Watson Clinic has proudly
served Central Florida’s
healthcare needs for over
65 years. First established
in 1941 with only a
handful of physicians,
Watson Clinic has grown
into one of the largest
and most respected outpatient medi-
cal clinics in the southeast. Today, the
Watson Clinic team includes nearly 200
physicians practicing in 38 diferent
medical and surgical specialties from
12 convenient locations -- including
their widely-recognized main campus
Clark & Daughtrey
Medical Group, P.A.
Treating each patient as a special indi-
vidual has been the trademark of Clark
& Daughtrey Medical Group since it
was founded in 1949.
Te group combines old-fashioned
care with the most modern technology
and treatments. Forty skilled doctors
and eight advanced physician extend-
ers ofer a broad range of medical spe-
cialties, including cardiology, oncol-
ogy, surgery, pulmonology and critical
care, internal medicine, pediatrics and
women’s health.
With a main campus centrally lo-
cated on South Florida Avenue, Clark
& Daughtrey also operates convenient
walk-in clinics in north and south
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More than 20 specialties.
More services (including •
a new, full-service
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Watson Clinic has grown
into one of the largest
and most respected
outpatient medical clinics
in the southeast
Watson Clinic’s
Women’s Center
· hyperbaric medicine· · thoracic stents· PICU
robotic surgical system· video-assisted technologies· 64-slice CTscans
Technologies are constantly changing. And improving. No one understands this more
than Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where you’ll find the latest advances for
more effective diagnostics and treatment.
As home to Polk County’s only da Vinci
Robotic Surgical System, we’re
leading the way to providing patients less invasive treatment options. We offer the
area’s only BrainLAB VectorVision
, a sophisticated software technology that more
accurately guides surgeons in delicate brain procedures. And with our real-time
orthopedic navigation system, we’re revolutionizing the precision and outcomes
of knee and hip replacement.
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patients’ convenience and need for pri-
vacy. A healing garden and putting green
provide necessary relaxation and dis-
traction. Volunteers from the hospital’s
Healing Arts program as well as local pet
therapy volunteers can ofen be found
interacting with patients, their families,
and staf. Patients and caregivers also
beneft from support group meetings.
LRCC’s multidisciplinary cancer
care team of physicians, oncology cer-
tifed nurses, pharmacists, and others
are committed to providing compas-
sionate care while advancing the cure
for cancer. For more information, visit
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 benefts from a
scope of specialized services and highly
trained and experienced staf uncom-
mon in a community of our size.
Lakeland Regional Medical Center’s
Heart Center is the largest, most experi-
enced, and most comprehensive cardiac
ratory, medical, surgical, urologic, and
gynecologic oncology services, as well
as a resource library and post-mastec-
tomy boutique. Te Women’s Imaging
Center, an LRCC and RIS afliation,
provides digital mammography and
other women’s imaging services.
LRCC physicians are fellowship-
trained within their specialty areas.
Tey are leaders in advanced treat-
ments and technologies, such as senti-
nel lymph node mapping, cryosurgery,
robotic surgery, hyperthermic limb per-
fusion, mammosite, and IMRT/IGRT.
Te Cancer Research and Clinical
Trials program at LRCC ofers patients
access to clinical trials on a national ba-
sis that test promising new therapies or
approaches in cancer care.
Te patient experience comes frst at
Lakeland Regional Cancer Center. Te
facility provides a soothing environment
with a beautiful view and attention to
on Lakeland Hills Boulevard. Watson
Clinic physicians are partners in the
Center for Cancer Care & Research, a
cutting-edge facility that delivers a new
dimension of cancer care to our region,
aided in no small part by an ofcial af-
fliation with the world-renowned H.
Lee Moftt Cancer Center & Research
Institute in Tampa. Te recently opened
Women’s Center ofers expert mam-
mography and breast surgery services
to women throughout the community
and beyond. Te Watson Clinic Foun-
dation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of
the clinic, promotes the wellness of
mankind through education and com-
munity 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 linking
their many specialties and resources for
the beneft of their patients.
Lakeland regional
Cancer Center
Lakeland Regional Cancer
Center, afliated with Lake-
land Regional Medical Center,
provides advanced cancer care
through clinical research, state-
of-the-art diagnostic and treat-
ment services, patient education
and support services. Te facility
houses chemotherapy, radiation, labo-
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Lakeland regional
Medical Center
Lakeland regional
Cancer Center
Watson Clinic North
program in Polk County. It is the area’s
only accredited Chest Pain Center, assur-
ing streamlined care from the emergency
department to the catheterization lab
and throughout the patient’s stay. In ad-
dition, LRMC’s cardiovascular surgery
program has been awarded the highest
possible distinction as determined by the
Society of Toracic Surgery, the 3 Star
Rating achieved by only 12% of hospi-
tals in the country. LRMC’s cardiac ser-
vices ofer 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 and
is Polk County’s frst and only program
with advanced technologies to treat
stroke beyond the three-hour window
when permanent damage is more likely.
Other specialized hospital services
include emergency care (including the
area’s only trauma service); neurosur-
gery; orthopedic surgery; robotic sur-
gery; obstetrics; pediatric and neonatal
intensive care; as well as general medical
and surgical care units. LRMC’s Mental
Heath and Addictions Recovery depart-
ment provides inpatient services as well
as an outpatient Center for Counseling.
An outpatient wound care center pro-
vides treatment of problem wounds and
features two state-of-the-art hyperbaric
LRMC’s efective outreach eforts
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
fve years in a row and one of the frst
Employers of Distinction. For more in-
formation, visit
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& Education
and Schools (ACICS). Degrees available
include Associates and Bachelors degrees
in Criminal Justice, Medical Assisting,
criminal justice, medical assisting, busi-
ness administration, accounting, com-
puter 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 Sci-
ence, and Paralegal Studies. Everest Uni-
versity also ofers two diploma programs,
Pharmacy Technician and Massage Ter-
apy. Te student body consists of more
than 7000 students who beneft from the
selection of day, evening, weekend, and
on-line courses.
years of experience.
Polk County Public Schools have a
strong community involvement com-
ponent. Nearly 30,000 volunteers
provide more than 1.2 million hours of
service to schools each year. Te Polk
Education Foundation awards nearly
$600,000 in scholarships to Polk stu-
dents annually. More than 2,100 local
businesses and organizations partner
with schools in programs and projects.
Students provide more than 112,000
hours of service to the community
through service projects that link the
curriculum to community needs.
everest university
Founded in 1890, Everest University is
the oldest business college in the state and
is nationally accredited by the Accredit-
ing Council for Independent Colleges
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Polk County schools
Te Polk County Public Schools are the
eighth-largest Florida school district and
among the 40 largest nationally. More
than 92,000 students are enrolled. Te
district has 160 school sites including
traditional elementary, middle and high
schools, magnet and choice schools, char-
ter schools and career schools.
Te district is the largest employer
in Polk County with more than 13,000
employees, more than half of those are
employed as teachers. Approximately
23 percent of Polk County teachers
have advanced degrees beyond a bach-
elor’s degree. Polk’s teachers average 8
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Polk County
elementary school
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Everest University ofers a quality ca-
reer education with many advantages.
Everest University has instructors with
real-world experience. Everest Univer-
sity recruits qualifed professionals with
industry-specifc expertise. So, students
get the beneft of real-world knowledge
and gain the kind of practical insights
that can not be learned from a textbook.
Representatives who assist each student
with everything from interviewing skills
to improving resumes.
Florida southern College
Founded in 1883, Florida Southern
College is a private, comprehensive, Unit-
ed Methodist-afliated college with a lib-
eral arts core. Florida Southern maintains
Everest University ofers hands-on ca-
reer training. Everest University incorpo-
rates hands-on training into all of our pro-
grams. We also help with each student’s
search for fnancial aid. Upon graduation,
Everest University help our graduates fnd
jobs within the appropriate career. Our
campus has a Career Placement Ofce
stafed with dedicated Career Placement
Public Library
Lakeland enjoys the benefts of three public
libraries and sees over 500,000 visitors per year
to the facilities. The Lakeland Public Library,
considered the city’s Main Library at 100 Lake
Morton Drive, completed a renovation and
expansion of its youth services unit in 2006.
space for expanded children’s collections, to
include more computer resources and study
rooms makes the library a convenient and
attractive place for students. youth services,
which serves infants through teens, offers weekly
programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers
in addition to book discussion groups and
summer activities for older children. The Larry
r. Jackson Branch Library, at 1700 North
Florida Avenue, serves the needs of residents
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.
Internet access for all ages remains a popular
service. The Main Library, the Larry r. Jackson
Branch Library, and the elibrary south Lakeland
offers free access to computers and serves as free
wireless hot spots for internet connectivity. Training
classes on software products and computer basics
is provided monthly by both the Main Library
and the elibrary south Lakeland. In addition, the
libraries feature online databases for research and
downloadable videos and audiobooks for tech
savvy users.
research Lakeland’s rich history in the special
Collections or “Lakeland room” at the Main
Library. users have access to photographs,
postcards, maps and manuscripts both in the
room as well as online.
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.
To learn more about the libraries in Lakeland and the services
offered, access the Web site at
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its commitment to academic excellence
through 50 undergraduate programs of
study and distinctive graduate programs
in business administration, education,
and nursing. Te College has a 13:1 stu-
dent/faculty ratio and provides students
with numerous opportunities for engaged
learning, including student-faculty collab-
orative research and performance, study
abroad, service learning, internships,
and honors study. Te College boasts 26
NCAA Division II national champion-
ships and is ranked by U. S. News and
World Report among the Top 10 “Best
Baccalaureate Colleges in the South.”
Te Princeton Review includes the Col-
lege in its 2009 edition of “Te Best 368
Colleges,” and Te Fiske Guide to Col-
leges 2009 ranks FSC a “Best Buy” private
college. Located on scenic Lake Holling-
sworth, Florida Southern is the home of
the world’s largest single-site collection of
Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
Polk Community College
Polk Community College serves
approximately 20,000 students on its
Lakeland and Winter Haven campuses.
Outstanding faculty provides quality
education using technology-equipped
classrooms or the internet.
PCC credit students attend classes
on one of two tracks:
• Associate in Arts degree (AA). Stu-
dents earn this degree, which transfers
to a four-year university, working to-
ward a bachelor’s degree.
• Associate in Science (AS) and Associate
in Applied Science (AAS). Students in
this track learn the skills necessary for
immediate employment in a high wage
career in technology or health care felds.
A new $28.7 million technical build-
ing opened on the Lakeland campus
during 2007. Te 125,000 square feet
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Polk Community College
Polk Community College is committed to and encourages equal opportunity / equal / access for its programs, services and activities.
Your Career
At PCC You’ll Discover:
• Faculty dedicated
to your success
• Classes close to home
• Financial aid available
• Over 190 degree
• Online classes
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building includes a large state of the art
teaching auditorium, classrooms, labs,
ofces and student support facilities. It
is the third academic building and like
the rest of the Lakeland Campus, the
new facility is used by students, faculty
and staf from both PCC and USF.
PCC’s Corporate College helps power
economic development, working in co-
operation with the Lakeland Economic
Development Council and with local
businesses and industry. Customized
technical and leadership training by the
Corporate College helps local businesses
and industry remain competitive in the
world economy. Quick Response Train-
ing is provided when needed to meet the
employment needs of new companies or
local companies needing more trained
workers in order to expand.
southeastern university
Southeastern University has captured
national attention for rapid growth,
nology that contributes to the learning
environment and includes technolo-
gy-enhanced classrooms, a campus-
wide wireless network, and professors
who teach students around the globe
through online classes. In addition to
nationally-ranked athletics, the univer-
sity ofers students and the Lakeland
community concerts, theatre, and other
cultural events.
In 2007 and 2008, Southeastern wel-
comed hundreds of guests for its frst two
National Leadership Forums. Presenters
included General Colin L. Powell, USA
(Ret.), former Florida governor Jeb Bush,
and Super Bowl-winning football coach
Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts.
In addition to its stunning, 87-acre
Lakeland campus marked by Mediter-
ranean-style architecture, Southeastern
runs the new 13,250-square-foot Jeru-
salem Studies Centre in Israel, where its
International Studies Program is based.
Te university also plans to use this fa-
tripling enrollment between 1999 and
2008. Tis Christian university ofers
45 undergraduate majors and seven
graduate degrees through day, evening
and weekend, and online programs.
In 2008, Southeastern opened a re-
modeled 32,000-square-foot facility for
its College of Business and Legal Stud-
ies and College of Education. Last year,
the university built Tuscana Ristorante,
a $7 million, 25,000-square-foot res-
taurant on its campus.
Within the last seven years, South-
eastern has newly built or remodeled
100% of university-owned, student
housing and opened a sports com-
plex and the Pansler Alumni-Student
Union. It also completed Kelly Gar-
dens, the university’s lusciously land-
scaped quadrangle, which incorporates
plazas dedicated to past presidents and
other Southeastern leaders.
Te university maintains an aggres-
sive, award-winning program of tech-
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southeastern university has tripled their
enrollment between 1999 and 2008
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cility in West Jerusalem to host visitors
for summer conferences.
Traviss Career Center
Traviss Career Center has been serv-
ing Polk County and Central Florida
since 1964, ofering accredited, aford-
able career education.
Traviss Career Center is a Polk Coun-
ty public school serving approximately
1,050 full-time high school and adult
students and ofering over 35 high skill/
high wage programs. Program clusters in-
clude: Business Technology, Health Sci-
ence Education, Industrial Technology,
Service Careers and Specialized and Eve-
ning Programs. Tese programs oferings
include over 20 industry certifcations.
Te programs are available on the main
campus and at local high schools. Tere is
abundant fnancial aide available.
Te Center is located at 3225 Win-
ter Lake Road (Hwy 540). Tey are
accredited by the Council on Occupa-
tional Education, Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools and the Com-
mission on International and Trans-
Regional Accreditation.
usF Lakeland
Te University of South Florida
Lakeland is a part of a nationally rec-
ognized research and public university
system. Located 30 miles east of Tampa
and 40 miles west of Orlando just of
the Polk Parkway, the USF Lakeland
campus is at the heart of the emerging
Florida High Tech Corridor.
Established in 1988, the Lakeland cam-
pus ofers upper-level and graduate courses
and awards undergraduate and graduate
degrees through the areas of Arts and Sci-
ences, Business, Education, Engineering,
and Information Technology. Te campus
also supports a number of individual class-
research in a personalized setting: small
class sizes, convenient locations, innova-
tive programs, and fexible formats.
USFP’s faculty members have dem-
onstrated high levels of scholarly
achievement as well as excellence in
real-world settings outside the class-
room. Tese professional mentors
model practical, multidisciplinary ap-
proaches to learning that make a difer-
ence for students and for the organiza-
tions and communities in which those
students will work afer graduation.
USFP students pursue degrees and cer-
tifcates in more than 20 programs and
have learned to expect the polytech-
nic’s multidisciplinary focus, hands-on
learning, and real-world application—
all delivered within a supportive cam-
pus community. Degrees earned on the
Polytechnic campus are fully accred-
ited USF degrees through the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools
(SACS) and other discipline-specifc
accrediting bodies.
USFP students enjoy a vibrant and
growing campus life through on-campus
events, numerous student organizations,
intramurals, and athletic events. Te uni-
versity’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 dramat-
ic impact on the economic future and
quality of life of central Florida. USFP
is also engaged in the process of build-
ing a new campus at the eastern inter-
section of I-4 and the Polk Parkway,
between Lakeland and Auburndale
at the heart of the emerging Florida
High Tech Corridor. Tis new campus,
designed by one of the world’s leading
architects, is expected to be a model of
“the new American university.”
es, electives, web-based courses, certifcate
programs and program partnerships with
the main campus in Tampa.
USF Lakeland partners with Florida
public community colleges including
Polk Community College, South Flor-
ida Community College and Hillsbor-
ough Community College-Plant City
to provide their graduates with upper
division education. Specifcally, this
partnership allows students to obtain
their frst two years (Associates of Arts-
A.A. or Associate of Science-A.S.) from
the local community college then com-
plete their baccalaureate and/or gradu-
ate degree through USF Lakeland. Tis
collaboration allows students to obtain
a 4-year degree, as well as a graduate de-
gree, without leaving their community.
USF is one of the ten largest universi-
ties in the nation, and the USF Lakeland
campus serves several thousand students
each year. USF’s mascot is the bull, and
its school colors are green and gold. Te
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
Lakeland is poised to have a dramatic im-
pact on the economic future and quality
of life of central Florida. USF Lakeland is
dedicated to serving the citizens of Polk,
Highlands, Hardee and eastern Hills-
borough counties in a regional setting.
Te Lakeland campus is a distinctive,
locally available University with premier
research and instructional status.
usF Polytechnic
Te University of South Florida
Polytechnic (USFP) is the state’s only
polytechnic university and provides
upper-level undergraduate and graduate
students with an extraordinary opportu-
nity to experience applied learning and
Arts, Culture
& History
summer camps and a lec-
ture series featuring his-
torical fgures in aviation.
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 over 4000
airplanes, daily air shows and a
Friday night air show complete with
pyrotechnics. In addition, educational
forums, seminars and workshops for
virtually every aviation interest are
available. Te attraction brings in
guests from all 50 states and more
es! Art & science
are the pathways for
many of the learn-
ing concepts, freeing
the child’s creativity and
unleashing the power of play.
Surprise your senses on a jet-stream
journey of discovery through touch-
able exhibits featuring art, science,
literature, math, health, life skills and
cultures from around the world. En-
hance the life of a child and visit Ex-
plorations V today!
Florida Air Museum
Te Florida Air Museum at Sun ‘n
Fun is Florida’s ofcial aviation mu-
seum and education cen-
ter. On display you’ll fnd a
unique collection of aircraf
and other aviation related
memorabilia, including over
35 experimental and home
built aircrafs. Te museum
is also home to the exclusive
Howard Hughes collec-
tion and exhibits featuring
Charles Lindburgh and the
Tuskegee Airmen. Year-
round education programs
allow students of all ages to
experience aviation through
hands-on learning activities,
ith a wide variety of both
visual and performing
arts, residents can broaden their ho-
rizons through an art museum, chil-
dren’s museum, Frank Lloyd Wright
exhibit, the Florida Dance Theatre,
and so much more. Residents of all
ages can find something to partici-
pate in and enjoy.
explorations V
Children’s Museum
Located in the heart of downtown
Lakeland in a historic 1929 building,
Explorations V offers three floors of
kid-powered exhibits and interactive
programs that celebrate the five sens-
Lakeland has a
wealth of arts
and culture if you
know where to look
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explorations V
Children”s Museum
symphony Orchestra
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theatre productions, concerts from the
Piano Department and Dance Depart-
ment, visual arts exhibitions and an an-
nual school-wide musical. School infor-
mation and the performance calendar can
be found at
Imperial symphony
Te Imperial Symphony Orchestra
ofers an enriching season of live orches-
tra concerts and events, that includes
our popular “Music & Martinis” season
kick-of, fve Tuesday evening master-
work concerts, a fully staged opera, a
Sunday afernoon “Cookie” concert
for families, fall outdoor pops in Lake-
land and Winter Haven, and “Concert
Under the Stars” at Historic Bok Sanc-
tuary in the spring. Educational pro-
grams for young people include master
classes with guest artists, a young art-
ist competition and four school day
performances for nearly 9000 of Polk
County’s fourth and ffh graders. Te
Orchestra’s fun and enriching “Tea &
Symphony” music appreciation pro-
grams, primarily geared toward the
adult business afer-hours crowd, are
held from 5:45-7:00pm on the Tuesday
before each masterworks concert.
Lakeland Community Theatre
Lakeland Community Teatre, Pied
Piper Players, is entering its 22nd sea-
Florida Dance Theatre
Florida Dance Teatre is a contempo-
rary ballet and modern dance company
dedicated to the enhancement of our
community, through the art of dance.
Florida Dance Teatre gives several per-
formances during the season to enrich the
cultural landscape of Polk County. Tere
is also a training academy for children age
three to adults and professionals.
Florida Dance Teatre takes profes-
sional dance into area public schools, has
a free granted Summer Youth Dance
Camp, scholarship programs and
Community Arts Projects.
Tey have reached more
than 10,000 young people
throughout Polk Coun-
ty. Each season, Florida
Dance Teatre intends
to provide a multitude
of extraordinary and
diverse dance pro-
grams, continuing its
mission to be one of
Central Florida’s leaders
in American Dance.
Harrison school
for the Arts
Located on the campus of Lakeland
Senior High School is Te Lois Cowles
Harrison Center for the Visual and Per-
forming Arts. Harrison ofers programs
in 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 audi-
tion only and attend Lake-
land Senior High School
for their core curriculum.
Performances are open to
the public and include the
Harrison Symphony, Har-
rison Singers, theatre main
stage production, musical
than 60 countries, making a major
contribution to Lakeland’s economic
Florida southern College
Frank Lloyd Wright
Architecture & Visitors Center
Florida Southern College is home
to the largest single-site collection of
Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in
the world. The Frank Lloyd Wright
Visitor Center features a collection
of information about the master ar-
chitect’s 20-year relationship with the
College, including a permanent exhib-
it of his photos, drawings, correspon-
dence, and a model of the 12-struc-
ture campus he named “Child of the
Sun.” A walking tour brochure is also
available. For Center hours and tour
information, call 863.680.4444 or log
on to
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Dance Theatre
Community Theatre
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son at the Lake Mirror Center Teatre
on beautiful Lake Mirror near down-
town Lakeland. Te theatre produces
fve Main Stage Productions per season
which run from October through July.
Te Main Stage season consists of two
large musicals, two comedies and a dra-
ma. In addition, the Children’s Teatre
ofers a production in June and Septem-
ber. Teatre classes are ofered through-
out the year, as well as several summer
theatre camps. Lakeland Community
Teatre’s traveling troupe entertains for
local charitable and civic events.
as well as stage and produc-
tion crews who raise the
performance bar ever higher.
To view some of Mr. Cook’s
past production work, please visit:
staf is committed to creating the fn-
est professional theatrical experiences
available in Lakeland, FL and the sur-
rounding Central Florida region. We
specifcally strive to bring a Broadway
style experience not only to the stage
but also into the hearts of theater lov-
ers around the community. We hope to
nurture theatergoers with shows they
may never have the chance to see other-
wise and deliver top-notch quality at an
afordable price.
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 per year in a wide variety
of artistic styles and genres: from the
realistic to the abstract, and from the
ancient to the extremely contempo-
The Performing Arts
Te Lakeland Center is
a four-building, multi-
purpose complex and
is home to many di-
verse performing arts
programs including
the Lakeland Broad-
way and Entertain-
ment Series, Imperial
Symphony Orchestra,
Te Lakeland Concert
Band, various children’s per-
formances and numerous dance
and talent competitions. Te fexible
venue features 100,000 square feet of
modern exhibit space for corporate meet-
ings, tradeshows, banquets and sporting
events. Te Jenkins Arena at Te Lake-
land Center is a choice location for large
concerts, meetings and indoor sports. Te
Arena is home to the Lakeland Tunder-
bolts, our indoor arena football team, as
well as the State High School Basketball,
Volleyball, and Wrestling Championship.
During the winter season visitors
can enjoy public ice skating.
A brand new, community-
based theatre company working
toward its regional, profession-
al status. We ofer the newest
theatrical musicals available to-
day as well as produce original
works from area artists and art-
ists from around the country.
Led by Artistic Producer/
Director Scott A. Cook, origi-
nally from New York, THE-
has already attracted many of
Central Florida’s best actors,
singers, dancers and musicians,
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The Lakeland Center
is a four-building
multipurpose complex
and is home to many
diverse performing arts
programs throughout
the year
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Lakeland Center
Polk Museum of Art
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rary, you’re sure to find something
you like on display!
Want to do something fun or en-
lightening? Te Museum also provides
a comprehensive calendar of events and
educational activities. Just look at all we
do: Volvo Mayfaire by-the-Lake outdoor
art festival; Family Day, a free day of art
and fun; art classes; lectures by visiting
artists; fun parties like Te Gala, Drink-
able Art, and Red, White & Te Blues;
holiday events like our Holiday Lun-
cheon, Gems & Jewels: A Wearable Art
Event, Breakfast with Santa, and Kwan-
zaa Celebration; and don’t forget our
flm series and unique Museum Store.
Polk Theatre
Te Polk Teatre is one of only 3 at-
mospheric theatres still in existence in
social gatherings. Te Polk Teatre
shows quality flms, independent flms,
foreign flms and hosts a yearly Per-
forming Arts Series that brings nation-
ally acclaimed shows to its stage and is
excited about the debut of Opera Te-
atre of Lakeland . Backstage tours and
school tours are available upon advance
the state of Florida.Te Historic Polk
Teatre opened in December 1928 as
a vaudeville and movie house and
is listed on the National Reg-
ister of Historic Places. Te
Polk was the frst air con-
ditioned building in
Lakeland and when
they turned the air on,
the lights down town
dimmed! It was once
owned by Publix
Teatre Group of
NYC and is where
Publix Supermar-
kets got its name!
Restored in 1999, it
now has a renewed life
as the ideal venue for Per-
forming Arts performances,
flms (Fri-Sunday), afordable
rentals, (including weddings) and
The Polk Theatre
in Downtown
Lakeland was once
owned by Publix
Theatre Group
of NyC and that
is where Publix
supermarkets came
up with their name
Polk Theatre
& Attractions
of Flight through a series
of immersion elements
featuring the history of
aviation from early fight
through World War II in-
cluding a walk through on an
authentic B-17 bomber.
A collection of over 40 beauti-
fully restored aircraf is on display in
two art-deco hangars. Featured in the
collection are planes used in the mov-
ies “Indiana Jones and the Temple of
Doom”, “Te Great Waldo Pepper” and
most recently, “Flyboys”.
An aerial demonstration of a vintage
aircraf is featured daily and ofers guests
the opportunity to learn more about
the aircraf from the pilot himself. For
an additional charge, guests can fy in a
real hot-air balloon or ride in an open
cockpit vintage bi-plane, two of only
fve of its kind in the world!
Two new experiences premiered at
Fantasy of Flight in 2007. A self-guid-
ed audio tour features ten immersive
stories of aviation history that engage
guests and provoke thought. Te Wom-
sular Florida’s highest point.
Music from a 60-bell carillon
flls the garden daily. Te Pin-
ewood Estate showcases one of
the fnest examples of Mediterranean-
style architecture in Florida. Christ-
mas at Pinewood is an annual holiday
home tour showcasing the mansion in
resplendent décor. Te Imperial Sym-
phony Orchestra and Orlando Philhar-
monic Orchestra play to large crowds at
the annual outdoor pops and light clas-
sics concerts. A nature preserve
and walking trails, as well as a
visitor center, café and gif shop
are available.
Fantasy of Flight
An experience for the entire
family! Located on Interstate 4
at exit 44, the attraction is set in
a stunning 1940’s era “airport”
layout featuring unique exhib-
its, behind the scenes tours, and
“Fun with Flight”, a hands-on
interactive area for kids of all
ages. Kids can test their fying
skills on a virtual reality hang
glider and hot-air balloon simu-
lators or climb aboard a Corsair
fghter simulator and challenge
other fyers.
Guests are greeted at Fantasy
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Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens, a National
Historic Landmark and one of Amer-
ica’s fnest gardens located in Lake
Wales, ofers the beauty and serenity
of a 250 acre Olmsted-designed land-
scape garden located on one of penin-
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Fantasy of Flight
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tion events: the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In. Held
at the Sun ‘n Fun Complex at Lakeland
Linder Regional Airport, this popu-
lar week-long event features over 4000
airplanes, daily air shows and a Friday
night air show complete with pyrotech-
nics. In addition, educational forums,
seminars and workshops for virtually
every aviation interest are available. Te
attraction brings in guests from all 50
states and more than 60 countries, mak-
ing a major contribution to Lakeland’s
economic development.
Florida southern College
Festival of Fine Arts
Te Festival of Fine Arts at Florida
Southern College is an annual series of
live performances in theater, music and
dance. Te Festival features internation-
ally renowned artists, such as soprano
Kathleen Battle, pianist André Watts,
and the Russian National Ballet, as well
as members of the talented College fac-
ulty and student body.
seasonal Festivals
Every January, more than 30,000 peo-
ple 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 larg-
est barbeque contest in the world. Tiger
Town, the spring training facility for the
Detroit Tigers, serves as the perfect venue
for an afernoon of fun for the whole
In April, the Lemon Street
Celebration for the Salute to
the Florida Outdoor Sculp-
ture Competition is cele-
brated with a street party
in Downtown. Docents
introduce the ten new
sculptures along Lemon
Street and Downtown
restaurants provide
samplings of their food.
Tere is street entertain-
ment and family fun!
October is the month for
the Munn Park Garden Extrav-
aganza and the Lake Mirror Clas-
sic Auto Festival. Te 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 sup-
porting its eclectic array of mer-
chants. It is also the month for
the annual Christmas Parade
and Snowfest.
sun ‘n Fun Fly In
Each April, tens of thousands
of aviation enthusiasts travel to
one of the world’s largest avia-
en’s Airforce Service Pilots Exhibit is a
tribute to the frst women fyers who
volunteered to fy for the military dur-
ing World War II.
Fantasy of Flight is open daily from
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is closed
Tanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Volvo Mayfaire by the Lake
Begun in 1974 as a crafts fair on
the lawn of the Lakeland Public Li-
brary, Polk Museum of Art’s Volvo
Mayfaire by-the-Lake has grown into
one of Florida’s premier outdoor art
festivals. Every Mother’s Day week-
end, more than 180 artists display
their creative wares around the shores
of beautiful Lake Morton in Down-
town Lakeland. Enjoy great food, live
entertainment, and free art activities
at the Children’s Art Tent. Come see
why Volvo Mayfaire by-the-Lake has
such a great reputation!
With a location
between Tampa and
Orlando, Lakeland
residents can enjoy
the many attractions
of Central Florida
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Festival of Fine Arts
Lake Mirror Classic
Auto Festival
Te City’s commitment to growth
and progress while maintaining a sense
of history and hometown feel has been
exemplifed by a number of eforts. Te
streetscapes in Downtown Lakeland
ofer wide sidewalks with geometric
pavers, trees and historic streetlights.
Nearly 400 container gardens are
placed along the streetscapes of Down-
town, adding color and interest to the
setting. New signage is planned to help
locate retail businesses, dining, enter-
tainment, cultural, educational, hotels
and parks.
or lease. Many
exist in the Down-
town area for those
who wish to be part of the
Downtown community.
Developers have invested their dol-
lars by building new residential units
in Downtown. Sixteen lofs were built
with retail space on the frst foor. Tese
are the frst owner occupied units avail-
able in Downtown. Te Lakeland
Downtown Development Authority
has acquired 14.62 acres for the future
development of 500+ condos and town-
homes in the area of Downtown north
of the Lakeland Police Department.
Te Lakeland Downtown Develop-
ment Authority, a public agency, in co-
operation with the City of Lakeland,
has implemented a redevelopment
strategy based upon attracting the
private sector to invest in the his-
toric Downtown.
Public infrastructure and civic
amenities, development incen-
tives, land assembly and other
techniques are being used to cre-
ate an environment that is friend-
ly to both the investor and the user.
With ongoing public investment,
the Downtown has been and will con-
tinue to be a desirable destination.
n 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, fnancial institutions,
businesses, restaurants, retail, entertain-
ment, parks and residential housing all
create an exciting destination for work-
ers, residents and visitors alike.
New and renovated Class “A” ofce
buildings such as the Pilot Bank Build-
ing, SunTrust Bank at the Lakeland Pla-
za, Colonial Square, Heritage Plaza and
Century Plaza ofer attractive locations
for businesses in the Downtown area.
Smaller buildings have also been built
or renovated and are available for sale
Government, fnancial
institutions, businesses,
restaurants, retail,
entertainment, parks
and residential
housing all create an
exciting destination for
workers, residents and
visitors alike.
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structure is con-
stantly adapting
to accommodate
new business growth
as commerce continues
to expand past city limits.
Our top notch education sys-
tem, our dynamic assortment of arts, cul-
ture and recreational opportunities ofer
something for everyone. We’ve got it all,
from Pics on the Promenade to Opera at
Te Polk.
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 so will you.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning
about all the benefts living in Lakeland
brings to you and your family.
A Place to
Call Home
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 tech-
nology, favors 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 infra-

ur 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 afer places to live in the state.
Employment opportunities are con-
stantly emerging as more and amore
technology based companies are mov-
ing into our are. National retailers are
taking note of our tremendous growth
and becoming major anchors in our
new retail centers.
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Downtown Lakeland
Out on
the Town
ditional continental fare.
For a night out dancing, the city ofers
everything from traditional Irish music
and nightclubs to a variety of dance clubs
and entertainment establishments.
Lakeside Village
Lakeside Village is a dynamic lifestyle
centers, fea mar-
kets, farmers’ mar-
kets, and major and
mini malls.
Restaurants and night
life venues abound downtown and
throughout Lakeland, serving up every-
thing from fne dining to a quick snack.
Meal options range from breakfast,
smoothies, cofee houses, tea rooms,
sports bars, seafood, barbeque, eclectic
American, New Orleans-style, Cuban,
Greek, Mexican, Irish, Italian, Chinese,
Japanese, New York Style Pizza, and tra-
akeland and its surrounding
area provide a wealth of shop-
ping and dining opportunities. The
City’s historic and revitalized Down-
town features a popular antiques
district, Munn Park, and Lake Mir-
ror 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.
Our city ofers a variety of shopping
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is home to exciting retailers such as
Hollister, Charlotte Russe, Anchor
Blue, Demo, Zumiez, American Eagle,
Limited Too, GAP and Old Navy.
Owned and operated by General
Growth Properties, Lakeland Square
also features top name department
stores such as Dillards, Macy’s, JC-
Penny and Sears. Families with small
children enjoy preferred upfront park-
ing while moms and kids receive free
goodie bags at customer service. With
little hands busy, you’ll have more time
to shop!
complex that combines retail, hospital-
ity, entertainment and ofce space. Lo-
cated in Lakeland’s upscale Grasslands
area, its beautifully landscaped
courts and streets invite you to
stroll, shop and enjoy Lake-
side Village. Some of the
retail shops that you will
fnd at Lakeside Village
include Belk, Jos. A.
Bank Clothiers, Inc.,
Gymboree Play and
Music Center. You will
also fnd a good selec-
tion of restaurants in-
cluding Chili’s, Longhorn
Steakhouse, Mimi’s Café
and Coldstone Creamery.
square Mall
Lakeland Square Mall is centrally
located in the heart of Lakeland and
Lakeside Village is
a dynamic lifestyle
complex that combines
retail, hospitality,
entertainment and
offce space
Located at the corner of Harden Boulevard
and Polk Parkway in Lakeland, Florida.
863- 616- 9360
Stay a While!
You'll want to spend the whole day
at Lakeside Village. Shop at Belk,
Kohl's, Bed Bath & Beyond,
Books-A-Million and stylish boutiques.
Enjoy a dozen great places to eat.
Relax at our 18-screen Cobb Theatres.
There's something for everyone.
Come see for yourself!
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Lakeside Village
Sports &
rent Spring Training host
city. Next spring will mark
the Tigers 72nd year train-
ing in Lakeland.
Te recent $11 million reno-
vation project of Joker March-
ant 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
outfeld 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 dormi-
tory 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 administra-
tion building, cafeteria and recreation
center were constructed in 1993 to
complete the Tiger Town Renovation.
Tiger Town is owned and operated
ments generate thou-
sands of visitors to the
Lakeland Area.
Professional sports
Lakeland is the Spring Train-
ing headquarters for the 2006 Ameri-
can League Champion Detroit Tigers
and the regular season home of its
minor league afliate in the Class A
Florida State League, the Lakeland Fly-
ing Tigers. Te relationship between
Lakeland and the Detroit Tigers is the
longest lasting relationship between a
major league baseball team and a cur-
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Amateur sports
A variety of sporting events are held
at Te Lakeland Center each year. Te
venue has provided facilities for pro-
fessional hockey and basketball teams.
Each year, Te Lakeland Center hosts
the Florida High School Athletic As-
sociation Finals Tournament for Girl’s
Volleyball, Wrestling and both Boys
and Girls Basketball. Tese tourna-
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Detroit Tigers
The Lakeland Center
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by the city of Lakeland. Te Lakeland’s
Parks and Recreation Department is re-
sponsible for maintaining the facilities.
Nearby Tampa is home to NFL’s 2003
Super Bowl Champions, the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers, the NHL’s 2004 Stan-
ley Cup Champions, the Tampa Bay
Lightning, and MLB’s 2008 American
League East Division Champions, the
Tampa Bay Rays. In Orlando, you’ll
fnd the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
With more than 600 freshwater
lakes, rivers, and phosphate pits, Polk
County has a world-renowned repu-
tation for great freshwater fshing.
Excellent saltwater fshing is available
just a short drive away in the Gulf of
Mexico. Required fshing licenses
are easily attainable at most bait and
tackle shops or through the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Commission Web
Lakeland Family yMCA
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, feld
trips, and educational
youth programs
begin with Water Ori-
entation and progress to
“Mommy and Me” play and
Totnastics. youth sports include
gymnastics, basketball, soccer,
t-ball, fag football, synchro-
nized swimming and swimming
lessons. All youth sports include
instruction in values from a
trained “Character Coach” who
emphasizes the yMCA core val-
ues 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 exer-
cise classes in strength training,
aerobics, Pilates and water aero-
bics. senior exercise opportuni-
ties include warm-water arthritis
classes, water aerobics, “Just
stretch”, and low-impact chair
ftness class. Our Active Older
Adults meet monthly for a cov-
ered dish luncheon.
For a competitive workout,
adults can join a racquetball or
basketball league.
Teen programs include Teen
Nites, Leaders Club, youth in
Government, and many opportu-
nities for community service.
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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 confdence. All
camps and programs are available
to boys and girls ages 6-18.
Financial Aid is available to
qualifed applicants.
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site, Te Web site
also contains useful information such
as fshing tips, forecasts, regulations,
and events. Many of the area’s park fa-
cilities feature boat ramps, providing
direct access to the county’s beautiful
assortment of lakes and rivers.
Lakeland Parks
and recreation
Lakeland Parks and Recreation De-
partment oversees a full complement of
tennis, swimming, sofball, basketball,
and soccer programs. Te city maintains
over 50 parks with an array of amenities
including baseball, football, lakefront
picnic areas, walking trails, an in-line
skating rink, skate park, playgrounds,
fshing, volleyball, and boat ramps. Te
award winning Hollis Garden located
on historic Lake Mirror is a must see
for everyone. Te beautiful formal bo-
Huntington Hills Golf & Country
Club also ofers public play. Champion-
ship 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, Te Club at
Eaglebrooke and ImperiaLakes Gold
and Country Club.
Various PGA tournaments are held
in our area, including the PGA Cadillac
Open, the PGA Tour Qualifying Finals,
and the Lakeland Futures Classic held at
the Cleveland Heights Golf Course.
For tennis, a number of superb fa-
cilities complete with amenities and
professional tennis instruction are lo-
cated throughout the region, for both
private and public play including the
newly renovated Beerman Family Ten-
nis Center located at Veterans Park of
Edgewood Avenue.
tanic garden showcases the latest plant
species native, exotic, and common
to Florida. Te city operates six recre-
ational facilities including a full service
27-hole golf course, two pools, two top
quality weight rooms, 32 lighted ten-
nis courts, six three-wall racquetball
courts, 32 covered shufeboard courts,
an artifcial lawn-bowling green, bike
trails, and recreational programming
for adults, youth and teens.
Golf and Tennis
Lakeland and the surrounding area
play host to more than two dozen golf
courses, ofering a variety of challeng-
ing venues for both public and private
play. Cleveland Heights Golf Course
features 27 classically designed holes
that ofer a challenge to all skill levels.
Cleveland Heights is a municipal facil-
ity with a private club feel.
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Because of the great climate,
you’ll always be able to fnd
something to do, whether your an
active participant or a spectator
Hollis Gardens
Cleveland Heights
Golf Course