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President of the Haines City Economic Development Council, Cyndi Jantomaso, gives an update of some of the new projects happening in the greater Haines City area. In this review she talks about a new venture with Duke Energy, the Lorenz-Haines City Industrial Park.

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CARVANA is coming to Haines City, FL

CARVANA is coming to Haines City, FL


Carvana is changing the way people buy cars and launching a new Inspection Center near you! Carvana is excited to be a part of the community and is looking for great people to join their team in Haines City! The Inspection Centers play a key role in the car-buying process as Carvana inspects, perfects, and photographs each vehicle before they even reach the Carvana website.


Be a part of launching a brand new site and working alongside a growing team!

Hiring Positions: 

All experience levels welcome. Shift Hours: 6:00am – 3:00pm (2nd Shift Coming Soon!).


Located at 3700 Bannon Island Road, Haines City, FL 33844 

Hiring Events will begin in SEPTEMBER: 9/15 & 9/16: 8am – 8pm – location to be determined


AdventHealth opens new drive-up COVID-19 testing site in Polk County

AdventHealth opens new drive-up COVID-19 testing site in Polk County

DAVENPORT, Fla., Aug. 31, 2020 — Registration is now open for AdventHealth’s new community COVID-19 drive-up testing site at AdventHealth Heart of Florida, located at 40100 US-27 in Davenport. The entrance to the testing site is off of Park Place Blvd.

Registration is highly encouraged, and those who wish to be tested should visit prior to arrival. A doctor’s order is not needed to receive a test. There are no out-of-pocket costs, regardless of insurance status. Polk County will cover the cost of those who are uninsured. The test consists of a nasal swab.

The site will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Results currently take up to five days from the time of collection. Those tested will receive printed instructions as well as a text message on how to retrieve the results. Those who test positive will receive a call from a nurse to review the results and provide care instructions.

To date, AdventHealth has tested more than 230,000 people in its Central Florida hospitals and urgent care facilities — more than any other health care system in Florida, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The drive-up testing site is operated by AdventHealth Lab and AdventHealth Heart of Florida in partnership with the Polk County Health Department.

Charter Review Committee Meetings

Charter Review Committee Meetings

Charter Review Committee Meeting

During Monday’s public forum, the committee elected to hold another public forum on Sept. 28. Like all other Charter Review Committee meetings, it will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Ave.


  • Aug 17, 2020 
  • Aug 31, 2020
  • Sep 14, 2020 
  • Sep 28, 2020 
  • Oct 12, 2020
  • Oct 26, 2020 

Time: 5:30pm

You may attend in person or by Zoom. The link is below. This public link is good for all of the scheduled Charter Review Committee Meetings. 

Join the webinar:

Webinar ID: 811 9186 2385

Passcode: 962759

To call toll free, dial 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257
Polk Cares 2020 NEW INFORMATION 

Polk Cares 2020 NEW INFORMATION 

Polk Cares 2020 NEW INFORMATIONSmall Business Funding –

Funds Still Available! You can now apply for the Polk Cares 2020 Grants even if you received PPP or EIDL loans. Apply today! polk-cares-2020

Polk County has also increased the grant levels. Businesses that were previously approved or received a check at a prior grant funding amount will automatically receive a second check to make up for the difference. 

Small businesses that can show they were impacted by COVID-19 include funding levels of:

  • $2,000 for those who are self-employed
  • $5,000 for businesses with 2 – 9 employees
  • $10,000 for businesses with 10 – 25 employees.

Small business applicants must attest they:

  • Were negatively impacted by COVID-19
  • Have the authority to apply for this grant on behalf of the business
  • Will use the grant funds for authorized business expenses only
  • Will apply for a Polk County Business Tax Receipt if not registered with the Polk County Tax Collector
  • Plan to resume normal operations after emergency guidelines are lifted
  • Shall cooperate with Polk County or appropriate officials for grant auditing purposes

Required Business Documents

  • Completed and signed W-9
  • Valid state issued photo ID
  • Copy of active state business registration from Florida Division of Corporations or a Polk County Business Tax Receipt or a city issued business tax receipt
  • For businesses with 2 to 25 employees, W3 Summary or IRS Form 941 prior to Feb. 15, 2020
  • Information to estimate your company’s average monthly business expenses before Feb. 15, 2020

Apply Today! polk-cares-2020

Polk Cares Business FAQs

Funds will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis until the allocation is gone. The county has until Dec. 30, 2020 to use this grant. The allocated funds to both small businesses do not have to be paid back.