Polk County's central location offers quick connections to both Tampa and Orlando. It's also handy to major seaports in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville. The county is served by several major multi-lane highways, including I-4, US 27, US 98, US 92, US 17, and SR 60. In addition, municipal airports serve general aviation in Lakeland, Lake Wales, Winter Haven, and Bartow.
Population growth in Polk County continues at a steady, and rapid, pace. Between 1990 and 1997, the University of Florida estimates that Polk County grew from 405,382 residents, to 458,153, a 13% increase.
With a labor force of more than 200,000, it's relatively simple to find employees to fill most skilled positions. Many Polk County employers are household names. Several major corporations have selected Polk County as their headquarters, or as sites of major warehousing, manufacturing, or distribution centers.
Polk's largest private-sector corporations include:
To learn more about job openings in Polk County, visit our
To learn more about Polk's economy and how you can get into business here, explore some of the relevant links listed below.
Central Florida Development Council
Economic Development Division, City of Lake Wales
Chambers of Commerce:
Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce
Business information for eastern Polk County
Business information for western Polk County
An environmental organization for responsible area businesses
Other Economic Development Links:
For more information and area listings, contact:
Coldwell Banker Ridge Properties247 East Stuart Avenue, Lake Wales
Buyer Agent Services315 East Central Avenue, Winter Haven
For Sale By OwnerPO Box 89, Lake Wales, FL 33859-0089
Two major regional shopping malls, Lakeland Square in Lakeland, and Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales, offer wide varieties of national department stores like Sears, JC Penney, and Dillards, as well as specialty shops like Victoria's Secret, B. Dalton's, and Barney's Fine Coffees.Quaint antiques districts located in Auburndale, Lakeland, and Lake Wales have earned their places as National Historic Districts, and have been placed on the National Register by the US Department of the Interior. Carefully preserved historic buildings create an atmosphere of charm, and set the stage for memorable and rewarding shopping experiences.
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