The Haines City Economic Development Council hopes to provide our partners and community with reliable updates and resources during this ever-changing situation. We extend our deepest gratitude to all those who are working to aid others and serve the community at this time to help contain COVID-19. Stay safe & healthy!
- Gov. DeSantis: Florida ready for Phase Two of Reopening
Haines City Reopening Plan:
Florida Government Updates
- Message to the Community from Chairman Braswell (March 30, 2020)
- Senator Rick Scott’s efforts and resources to combat Coronavirus
- Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Orders
- Polk County COVID-19 Latest Updates
- Florida SERT COVID-19 Update (March 29, 2020)
- Florida SERT COVID-19 Update (March 26, 2020)
- Press Conference Presentation (April 22, 2020)
Resources for Businesses
- Polk CARES 2020: Information regarding Polk County’s CARES Act Financial Assistance
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
- Business Damage Assessment Survey
- Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program (For more information on recent changes or for a mail in version, click here)
- SBA Disaster Assistance – Loan Program
- Online Business Resource Center COVID-19 Business Resource Center offers a full list of resources and expert articles.
- Florida Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Resources
- Keep Florida Growing / Agriculture Industry / Home – Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
- COVID-19 Pandemic Scenarios & Benefits Available
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) FAQs
- Applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assitance (PUA)
- Screenshots for Screening Tool on FloridaJobs
- Pandemic Unemployment Assitance (PUA) Guide
- Reemployment Assistance
- Paper Reemployment Assistance Application
- Reemployment Assitance step-by-step Instructions
- Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet
- Paycheck Protection Program Application
- Dashboard of Florida’s reemployment assistance claims county by county
Haines City Government Updates
Important Resources: Your top COVID-19 questions and concerns:
- If you have questions about COVID-19 or wonder if you should be tested, call the free AdventHealth Coronavirus Information Line at 877-VIRUS-HQ (877-847-8747). You can also find information at www.CoronaVirusSignsAndSymptoms.com.
- Donation Hub: For ways you can help, including sending notes of encouragement to our caregivers, as well as virtual volunteering opportunities, please click here.
- Mental Health – If you, your family, or colleagues, are in need of emotional help during this uncertain time, the Heart of Florida United Way 211 Information and Referral Crisis Line is connecting residents with information about available resources in the Central Florida community. Whether it’s finding out the location of the nearest food pantry or seeking information related to the virus, 211 Call Specialists are there to help.
- Video Visit Options – AdventHealth Video Visits are available now for primary care, pediatrics and specialty care, as well as physical therapy. In the comfort of your home, you can speak with a medical provider by a video visit or phone call.
Polk State College Updates
For further information visit polk.edu.
- Machine Operators (entry level) starting at $12/hr
- Paper Mill Utility (entry level) starting at $12/hr
- Forklift Driver starting at $12/hr
- Gatehouse Operator (entry level) starting at $12/hr
- Electrical and Instrumentation Technician pay for experience/skill
- Maintenance Mechanic pay for experience/skill
- IT Support Specialist – Level 2 pay for experience/skill
” … it is my determination that the remaining emergency orders issued by the political subdivisions of this State due to the COVID-19 emergency are not narrowly tailored to serve a public health or safety purpose and unnecessarily restrict individual rights and liberties, including the economic and commercial rights and liberties of business owners in this State … “
Trez Capital Finances Land Acquisition and First Phase of Development of New Central Florida Residential Community
“This project will establish an entirely new residential corridor between Osceola and Polk Counties, including easy access to I-4 and Walt Disney World. Haines City has been instrumental in working with us to get this project off the ground, and has been great to work with throughout this process,” said Keewin Chairman and Founder, Allan E. Keen. “We immediately received a tremendous response from the market, and have already sold every lot within this community.”
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