Smart Communities Polk Team

The Smart Communities LEAD Team continues its work in educating and building community consensus around the vital importance of a robust broadband network to support Polk County’s economic growth and prosperity. 

Affordable, accessible high-speed internet  facilitates many critical activities:

  • Enables small business to compete in a  global marketplace
  • Means safer streets and communities
  • Supports research and training at  colleges and universities
  • Greater opportunities for students
  • Better, faster, more effective  healthcare

Sustainable economic development,  growth, opportunity, and innovation are dependent on affordable high-speed internet access. Having a shared vision among all of the Polk County communities helps to ensure the alignment of broadband infrastructure necessary to meet the growing demand. 

The Smart Communities Team aided by the Government Advisory Team drafted a  formal Resolution supporting broadband expansion. Introduced for discussion at the  Mayor’s Roundtable in the fall of 2016, the  Resolution has been adopted by :

  • City of Haines City
  • City of Lake Alfred
  • City of Lakeland
  • City of Winter Haven
  • Polk County BoCC
  • Town of Dundee 




Click Image to View The Smart Communities 2016 Brochure 

Click on image to view the Polk County Broadband Plan 

Smart Communities Team


Eric Labbe - Co-Chair,  City of Winter Haven

Terry Brigman - Co-Chair,  City of Lakeland

Tina Barrios - Polk County  Public Schools

Cliff Bennett - Polk State  College

Naomi Boyer, Ph.D. - Polk  State College

Frank Canovaca -  City of Bartow

William DeWitt - Polk State  College

Ercan Elibol - Florida  Polytechnic University

Doug Lewis - Polk County  BoCC

Stephanie Monk - Polk  County Sheriff’s Office

Hiep Nguyen -

City of Winter Haven

Nick Nicholas - DSM  David Robinson - DSM  Brian Ross -

City of Haines City

Chris Rudolph - Polk County  Tax Collector

Don Selvage - City of  Lakeland

Chris Shelton -  City of Auburndale

Tiana Sheppard - Frontier  Communications

Marybeth Soderstrom -  Central Florida Regional  Planning Council

Steve Sowards - Inland Fiber  & Data

Mark Thomas - Warner  University

Bill Ward - Polk County  Sheriff’s Office

Ed Wolf - Polk County BoCC




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