A Community Conversation

A Community Conversation

Over the past 30+ years in my job at The Lakeland Economic Development Council, we have typically focused on communicating with our 140 members, key City of Lakeland contacts and our local newspaper, The Ledger.  This strategy had always been effective and worked for...
Broadband With a Broad Brush

Broadband With a Broad Brush

What does broadband have to do with economic development? Companies across the country are making relocation and expansion decisions based on a long list of criteria such as real estate, incentives, talent, etc.  Is broadband on the list?  If so, where, and how...
Lakeland Electric

Lakeland Electric

In 2011, Tampa Electric (TECO) executives asked the LEDC to set up a meeting with Lakeland’s city manager and mayor. TECO was interested in talking to city officials regarding the potential purchase of Lakeland Electric. A number of meetings between TECO and city...
Catapult Parking

Catapult Parking

Catapult was started in late 2013 as an 501c3 educational entrepreneur center in the basement of the Bank of America Building in downtown Lakeland.  Due to its initial success and the obvious need to move beyond its initial experimental stage, local private donors...
Catapult 3.0: The Resurrection

Catapult 3.0: The Resurrection

By: Steve Scruggs December 7, 2017 Nine weeks ago, we received devastating news regarding our plans to renovate the former Cash Feed building on Lake Mirror. Our dream of turning the former feed store into Catapult 2.0, an entrepreneur center for Lakeland, was brought...
Incentives…Our Track Record

Incentives…Our Track Record

By: Steve Scruggs January 4, 2018 We believe the City of Lakeland should increase its investment in creating high-skill, high-wage jobs in our community in 2018. Intuitively, high-skill, high-wage jobs can be defined as jobs that are highly skilled (engineering,...