Government Team

The Government Advisory Team serves to bring together all levels of local government to create more awareness, cooperation and support of Polk Vision and the initiatives of its LEAD Teams. This includes providing review and guidance on both foreseen and unforeseen opportunities that intersect with a strategy or tactic impacting the potential success of a goal established by a Polk Vision LEAD Team.

The Government Team also works to effectively engage citizens by producing a series of educational offerings each year such as the Mayors Roundtable, State of the County, Elected Leadership Summit, and legislative workshops.


2017 Mayors Roundtable

For the 7th year in a row, the Polk Vision Government Team hosted a half-day roundtable 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 participated in this year's event which was moderated by Emily Rogers, of Emily Rogers Consulting and Coaching. 

Topics of discussion included the consequences of rapid population growth on infrastructure, including roads and transportation, water usage and conservation, and the potential impact of legislative changes to the homestead exemption. Emergency services and storm preparedness were also discussed as Hurricane Irma was tracking to impact Polk County


On September 6, 2017 the 7th Annual Mayors Roundtable was hosted by Polk State College at the Center for Public Safety.




2018 Legislative Warm-Up

The Legislative Warm-Up included an overview of the legislative process, together with a conversation regarding best practices for how citizens can most effectively engage their legislators. Discussion also included important issues likely to be addressed during the 2018 Legislative Session. 

On November 3, 2017 renowned author, political scientist, and University of South Florida professor Dr. Susan MacManus, moderated a panel discussion with members of the Polk County Legislative Delegation.  

Hosted by Lakeland Regional Health / Hollis Cancer Center, in attendance were Florida House Representatives Ben Albritton – District 56,  Colleen Burton – District 40, and Neil Combee – District 39, and Senator Kelly Stargel - District 22. 










2017 State of the County Update

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.


Commissioner Dantzler updated the audience on Polk's rapid population growth, investments in economic development, and the role of tourism to our local economy. 



Event host, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, assisted Commissioner Dantzler and Mr. Freeman by answering several questions posed by audience members during the 2017 State of the County Update.









Government Team

Matt Mucci – Co-Chair, AT&T

Donna Sheehan – Co-Chair, City of Winter Haven

Melony Bell – Polk County Board of County Commissioners

Stacy Butterfield – Polk County Clerk of the Courts

Betsy Cleveland – Polk County Supervisor of Elections Office

Meagin Colson – Polk County Sheriff's Office

Susan Copeland - Polk Education Foundation

Marsha Faux – Polk County Property Appraiser

Christine Goding – Community Volunteer

Gwinnell Jarvis – Polk County Sheriff's Office

Brad Johnson – City of Lakeland

Valeria Jorn – Tri-County Human Services

Maggie Mariucci – Florida Polytechnic University

Tracy Mouncey – Tracy Mouncey & Associates

Michael Spake – Lakeland Regional Health

Lea Ann Thomas – Polk County Board of County Commissioners 




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