The Government Advisory Team’s mission is to bring together all levels of local government to create more awareness, cooperation and support of the long term Vision for Polk County. This includes providing review and guidance on both foreseen and unforeseen opportunities that potentially impact the organization’s objectives and the work of its various LEAD Teams as established by the Polk Vision Board of Directors
The Government Team also works to effectively engage citizens by producing the Leadership Exchange Series which includes educational offerings such as the Mayors Roundtable, State of the County, Legislative Warm-Up, and other topically relevant workshops.
2019 MAYORS ROUNTABLE
For the 9th consecutive year, the Polk Vision Government Team hosted a half-day roundtable for the Mayors of Polk County. This unique event allows local elected leaders to discuss topics critical to their communities and the county as a whole.
Mayors from across Polk County together with the Polk County BoCC Chair sat down on September 25, 2019 for a wide ranging discussion. Topics included transportation, infrastructure, broadband, affordable housing, water issues, public safety, fire rescue. Also discussed was how to improve coordination among city and county leaders when addressing state legislators regarding shared concerns.
2020 LEGISLATIVE WARM-UP
On October 4, 2019 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.
2019 STATE OF THE COUNTY UPDATE
The State of the County Update held on April 23, 2019, brought together residents from across Polk County to hear from Board of County Commissioners’ Chair, George Lindsey, and County Manager, Jim Freeman.
Topics addressed included county investments in election equipment and a new fire station; the Florida Poly Corridor; the Polk County Water Cooperative; and an update on infrastructure projects being forecast to keep pace with Polk County’s growing population.
The 2019-2020 Leadership Exchange Series was made possible through funding by AT&T, Citizens Bank & Trust, and Duke Energy.