In a large area that includes 17 municipalities and a county government, it is important to have opportunities for leaders to discuss current issues, share best practices and find commonalities that bond them to the community as a whole. Through the Leadership Exchange Series of events, the Polk Vision Government Team works to bring together all of government operating on behalf of Polk County to create more cooperation and teamwork between cities, county, school board, state and federal governments.
For the 6th year in a row, the Polk Vision Government Team hosted a half-day roundtable discussion for the mayors of Polk County. This unique event allows the mayors to discuss topics critical to their communities and the county as a whole.
Mayors from 10 of the county's 17 municipalities were able to attend this year's event which was moderated by Jerry Miller, Government and Community Relations Manager at Duke Energy. Broadband access and the importance of having affordable high-speed internet throughout the county was an important topic of discussion at this year’s roundtable event. Mayors committed to forming a committee of elected officials to stay informed on progress related to affordable broadband access.
The Roundtable brings forth best practice ideas for each community and in the past it has developed partnerships between the cities like inter-local agreements. Although there is no quantitative data that can be reported as an event result, we do know that the cities enjoy working together to make Polk County the best place to live, learn, work and play. By sharing challenges and solutions or through highlighting their city’s strengths, each mayor is able to learn something new or make a connection that will benefit theircommunity and in turn, our county as a whole. Click image to view PGTV's coverage of the 6th Annual Mayors' Roundtable.
2017 State of the County
The Polk Vision Government Team hosted The 2017 State of the County Update on April 19, 2017. The update featured Melony Bell, chair of the Polk County Board of County Commissioners and County Manager Jim Freeman. Commissioner Bell, updated the audience on all the positive things happening in Polk County and presented the state of the county in good standing. County Manager Jim Freeman spoke on the challenges that the county is facing or will face in the future. Such challenges were transportation, capacity and populations needs and political challenges. The presentation was followed by a series of questions from the audience. Question ranged from stadium lightening, highway 27 traffic congestion, and Lakeland's strong mayor election.
Click Here to view the 2017 State of the County Presentation.
2016 CONSTITUTIONAL “THANK YOU” BREAKFAST
In March of 2016, the Government Team hosted a breakfast in honor of the constitutional officers serving Polk County. Sheriff Grady Judd, Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield, Property Appraiser Marsha Faux, Tax Collector Joe Tedder and Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards were all recognized for their contributions to Polk County and their service through leadership roles on state-wide boards.