Lakeland Economic Development Council
Lakeland Economic Development Council is a private non-profit organization with more than 175 member companies. With staff dedicated to growing high-skill, high-wage jobs for the area, the LEDC’s primary role is to help create jobs and capital investment by attracting new companies as well as facilitating the expansion of existing companies.

Central Florida Development Council
The Central Florida Development Council (CFDC) has been designated by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners as its primary economic development organization.

Established in 1985, the CFDC has helped transform Polk County’s economic landscape into a flourishing, opportunity-rich business environment. Our continued mission is to promote and grow a local economy based on high-skill, high-wage sustainable and evolutionary business.

Through our relationship with the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, local educational institutions and Enterprise Florida, we offer unique business opportunities to the companies we work with. We focus on domestic and international business recruitment, business retention and expansion, small business development and marketing in Central Florida’s Polk County.

Downtown Lakeland Partnership
The mission of the Downtown Lakeland Partnership is simple: to promote and advocate for Downtown Lakeland

You probably know them as “the First Friday” people and maybe the “Food Truck Rally” people. The Downtown Lakeland Partnership is a membership-based organization that draws its strength from a diverse group of businesses and individuals. The common denominator is that we all love Downtown passionately, and we want you to know why this is a great place to shop, dine, work and play.

The variety of experience and viewpoints provide the energy and excitement that keeps Downtown vital.

Lakeland Downtown Development Authority
The Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) is a special taxing district whose mission is to improve and stimulate the environment for economic development in a people-oriented downtown community.

They do not regulate, but exist to help Downtown business owners, residents and visitors have the best experience possible in the heart of Lakeland.

Ignite Lakeland
Ignite Lakeland is a community-driven initiative that exists to bring the people of Lakeland (every one of them) together to share a collective vision for what Downtown Lakeland will become. 

You are the people who live, work, visit and play downtown and in order to craft a vision that satisfies the people who are invested in Lakeland, we need to know what you think.

Enterprise Florida
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. EFI’s mission is to expand and diversify the state’s economy through job creation. In pursuit of its mission, EFI works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses.

EFI’s activities have championed Florida as the premier location for business expansion and relocation, created a renewed interest both nationally and internationally in Florida as a top state for business, and resulted in a significant number of new jobs and capital investments.

Enterprise Florida recruits new business to the state, and works to retain and expand existing industry and business. EFI focuses its economic development efforts on a wide range of industry sectors, including aviation & aerospace, life sciences, information technology, defense & homeland security, clean energy, financial & professional services, manufacturing and beyond.

EFI is the state’s primary entity for trade and export development supporting more than 60,000 Florida exporting businesses. The organization also supports small and minority businesses through its capital programs. Another key aspect of EFI’s responsibilities is the marketing and promotion of Florida as a premier business destination.