- Hometown stories that count from people who care

By Kevin Kieft
Contributing Writer 

The Road to Tomorrow


Last updated 7/11/2019 at 2:34pm

Kevin Kieft, President and CEO of Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council

A recent article in Business Facilities called Florida an "economic super-state," praising the way our state "excels at getting people, products and services anywhere." The article went on to mention Polk County in particular the Intermodal Logistics Center in Winter Haven and the miles of railroad that far outnumber those in any other county throughout the state.

We are certainly proud of those distinctions, but we would be remiss to overlook how success and growth have changed our county. Polk County, particularly the east side, has experienced a population boom in the past 10 to 20 years...

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