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.
2017 Mayors Roundtable
For the 7th 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 11 of the county's 17 municipalities and Board of County Commissioners, Chair, Melony Bell were able to attend this year's event which was moderated by Emily Rogers, Principal of Emily Rogers Consulting and Coaching. Top discussions at this year's Mayors Roundtable were population growth, transportation, water, homestead exemption changes and medical marijuana. Hurricane preperations were also discussed as Hurricane Irma was expected to have some effect on the residents of Polk County.
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 their community and in turn, our county as a whole. Click here to view the 2017 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.