By Chevon T. Baccus APR
Executive Editor 

Commissioners Upset The City's Primary Business Promoter Moved to Lakeland

Majority Calling for Contract Change Requiring Lake Wales Area Residency for Economic Development Head

 

Last updated 2/11/2021 at 3:47pm

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

The man who is earning more than $100,000 per year to promote business and economic development for the City of Lake Wales has moved to Lakeland, and a majority of city commissioners are not happy about it.

Kevin Kieft in August bought a $290,000 home in Lakeland without notifying his bosses at the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council. Previously he had lived in the Lake Wales Country Club community, just east of the city limits.

In 2013 the city first contracted with the Chamber for economic development services, initially paying $100,000 per year. Kieft ca...



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