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Lakeland Vision, Inc. Lakeland Vision collaborates with a broad range of community stakeholders to implement a comprehensive action plan shaped by the community’s own VISION.

Whose excited about tonight’s parade!? Great way to kick-off the Christmas season in Lakeland! 🎄
12/01/2022

Whose excited about tonight’s parade!? Great way to kick-off the Christmas season in Lakeland! 🎄

It's Officially Parade Day!!! 🎄🌟🎅

We look forward to seeing you this evening at
the 41st Annual Lakeland Christmas Parade! Tonight, starting at 7 p.m, we celebrate the holidays together during Lakeland’s largest event of the season! Partnering with the Junior League of Greater Lakeland FL, we want this year to be the best year yet!

For all parade info, including the parade map, ADA/accessibility and parking info, chair placement, etc., visit Lakelandgov.net/ChristmasParade

Can't make it out tonight? Watch the official live broadcast on our page, Spectrum Channel 643, FiOS Channel 43.

On this , Lakeland Vision would be grateful for your support to help us continue collaborations with community stakehold...
11/29/2022

On this , Lakeland Vision would be grateful for your support to help us continue collaborations with community stakeholders to implement our comprehensive action plan shaped by the community’s own vision of its future.
To contribute to our work, please visit www.lakelandvision.org!
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Wishing you a wonderful day of celebration!
11/24/2022

Wishing you a wonderful day of celebration!

How do you support our local schools?  We'd love your feedback on the November survey!  It takes less than a minute to p...
11/18/2022

How do you support our local schools? We'd love your feedback on the November survey! It takes less than a minute to participate. Go to ---> www.lakelandvision.org and click "Survey - Supporting Our Schools"
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The November edition of the Listen Lakeland Show is focused on education in our community and the role of Polk County Sc...
11/15/2022

The November edition of the Listen Lakeland Show is focused on education in our community and the role of Polk County School Board’s Community Liaison Directors. Host, Dr. Sallie Stone, digs into the importance of these positions and how the schools, students, administration and community as a whole benefit with the involvement of the liaisons. Guests, Kylia Carswell and Reba Coil discuss some of the opportunities, challenges and also ways in which the community, businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations can support Lakeland area schools. Join Dr. Sallie, Kylia and Reba for this inspiring education conversation! To hear the episode, click here ---> www.lakelandvision.org

11/08/2022

It's Election Day! There is no better way to be engaged than casting your VOTE!

What's important in supporting intergenerational unity in Lakeland?  Share your thoughts with us.  The monthly survey ta...
10/19/2022

What's important in supporting intergenerational unity in Lakeland? Share your thoughts with us. The monthly survey takes less than a minute and your input is valuable to us!
Click Here ---> www.lakelandvision.org

Calling all kids…and the kids at heart! Fun play areas at Bonnet Springs Park! 🌳
10/18/2022

Calling all kids…and the kids at heart! Fun play areas at Bonnet Springs Park! 🌳

Did you know that Lakeland is designated as an Age Friendly Community?  Join us for the October Listen Lakeland Show whe...
10/18/2022

Did you know that Lakeland is designated as an Age Friendly Community? Join us for the October Listen Lakeland Show where host, Carole Philipson, connects with Age-Friendly Lakeland representatives, Liz Craven and Allie Bates, to learn how this initiative helps to maximize opportunities for seniors to be active, healthy and engaged with their neighbors by connecting them with resources, each other and their community! To watch their conversation, click here ---> www.lakelandvision.org

What a great turn out at the Smart Growth Forum co- hosted by LkldNow and Lakeland Vision! A big thank you to the paneli...
10/12/2022

What a great turn out at the Smart Growth Forum co- hosted by LkldNow and Lakeland Vision! A big thank you to the panelists and all the audience members who took part in the small group sessions.

Our deepest condolences to the Polk County Sheriff's Office and this brave deputy's family during this very sad time.
10/04/2022

Our deepest condolences to the Polk County Sheriff's Office and this brave deputy's family during this very sad time.

FYI - Polk County Schools will be closed on Tuesday (9/27) and Wednesday (9/28).  Stay safe, Lakeland!
09/26/2022

FYI - Polk County Schools will be closed on Tuesday (9/27) and Wednesday (9/28). Stay safe, Lakeland!

Public schools in Polk County will be closed on Tuesday (Sept. 27) and Wednesday (Sept. 28) in response to Hurricane Ian.

County emergency officials and the National Weather Service have urged PCPS to activate some of our schools that will be serving as storm shelters for those evacuating their homes. County emergency officials will be sharing shelter information with the public as it becomes available.

The district must close schools so that staff have time to work with emergency personnel to prepare schools serving as shelters.

The district is closing schools and suspending all after-school programs and sport activities (including games and practices) on Tuesday (Sept. 27) and Wednesday (Sept. 28).

We know the decision whether to close our schools has a huge impact on the plans and lives of our students and employees, as well as their families. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

At this time, district offices will continue to follow their normal schedule, but this is subject to change.

Please be advised that the decision to close is not binding upon charter and private schools. Those schools should be contacted directly for more information.

Again, public schools in Polk County will be closed on Tuesday (Sept. 27) and Wednesday (Sept. 28).

At this time, no decision has been made regarding whether additional closures will be needed beyond Tuesday (Sept. 27) and Wednesday (Sept. 28). We will continue to work closely with emergency management personnel as well as monitor weather forecasts.

Any official announcements regarding additional school closures will be communicated via PCPS SchoolMessenger calls and emails, as well as our website and social media accounts. Local media will also be notified.

Due to an expected high volume of phone calls to the district office, please refer first to our website and social media accounts for updates.

*Important links*
- PCPS website: polkschoolsfl.com
- Twitter: twitter.com/polkschoolsnews
- Instagram: instagram.com/polkcountypublicschools

Make sure you are prepared. 🌀
09/23/2022

Make sure you are prepared. 🌀

Are you ready? While a four and five-day forecast can have significant errors, and the model track will probably shift, use the weekend to have your family prepared should we have a weather event next week. Polk County Emergency Management will be continually monitoring the tropics and will advise of changes, if necessary.

Congratulations to Lakeland Vision Board Member, and our Age Friendly Lakeland Chair, Liz Aviles Craven for this worthy ...
09/22/2022

Congratulations to Lakeland Vision Board Member, and our Age Friendly Lakeland Chair, Liz Aviles Craven for this worthy recognition! Liz cares about our city and works tirelessly towards LV’s mission to make Lakeland a community of opportunities for a lifetime.

It was with great honor that we presented Liz Aviles Craven with the 1st ever Legacy Award from Better Living for Seniors Polk County!

This award was presented to her for her “Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to improving the quality of lives of Older Adults in Polk County”

If you know Liz you know she exemplifies that in every way and never for recognition.

Thank you Liz for you time, commitment and heart that you share everyday to everyone. I can truly say we are all better knowing you and having you in our lives! 🧡💛🧡💛

Do you think music is an important part of the arts and culture in the Lakeland community?  Share your thoughts with us ...
09/14/2022

Do you think music is an important part of the arts and culture in the Lakeland community? Share your thoughts with us on the September survey!
Click here: ---> www.lakelandvision.org and choose "Survey".

A new name, a new leader and a new season! That’s just some of the topics host, Chuck McDanal, and Executive Director fo...
09/09/2022

A new name, a new leader and a new season! That’s just some of the topics host, Chuck McDanal, and Executive Director for the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra, Ashley Miller, will be discussing on this month’s episode of Listen Lakeland. Learn about the many wonderful things ahead for this important community organization as they enter into their 57th season!
Click here to watch Listen Lakeland --> www.lakelandvision.org

Congratulations to the Central Florida Regional Planning Council for their recognition by the Heart of Florida Section -...
08/30/2022

Congratulations to the Central Florida Regional Planning Council for their recognition by the Heart of Florida Section - Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association for their work on the City of Lakeland’s Comprehensive Plan! The CFRPC is an valuable partner of Lakeland Vision and we are grateful for their commitment to our community.

The CFRPC is honored to have been recognized by the Heart of Florida Section – Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association for Heartland 2060: Building a Resilient Region, and our collaborative work with the City of Lakeland for the Lakeland Comprehensive Plan: Our Community 2030 at their Annual Meeting.

Thank you to our team for its continued commitment to working hard to improve the communities we serve.

Did you know our community will soon have a History and Culture Center?  How much do you know about Lakeland's history? ...
08/18/2022

Did you know our community will soon have a History and Culture Center? How much do you know about Lakeland's history? Please take a minute to provide your input on the August survey! Visit us at www.lakelandvision.org

The August Listen Lakeland Show features the upcoming Lakeland History and Culture Center which will be located in the h...
08/15/2022

The August Listen Lakeland Show features the upcoming Lakeland History and Culture Center which will be located in the heart of Lakeland at the main public Library on Lake Morton. Join host and Lakeland Vision Board Member, Rick Maxey, as he sits down with Gow Fields, Chairman of the Lakeland History & Culture Center and Luann Mims who is the Librarian Supervisor for the LHCC. Together they discuss the importance of capturing our city’s common history which has made Lakeland what it is today. To watch this interview, click ---> www.lakelandvision.org

Did you know citizens of Lakeland called for affordable, reliable, and efficient public transportation throughout the co...
08/04/2022

Did you know citizens of Lakeland called for affordable, reliable, and efficient public transportation throughout the community? A big “thank you” to the CitrusConnection for helping to fulfill the public transportation goal in our Vision for Lakeland!

Squeeze All Day into downtown Lakeland on Saturdays starting August 6. The Squeeze will be in operation Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in addition to its already successful hours of 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Please remember, the Squeeze is fare free, so hop on and Squeeze into downtown Lakeland.

It's National Ice Cream Day!  What's your favorite spot to get ice cream in Lakeland?
07/17/2022

It's National Ice Cream Day! What's your favorite spot to get ice cream in Lakeland?

Does the Lakeland job market needs more high tech jobs, trade jobs, professional jobs, service positions, etc.?  Less th...
07/14/2022

Does the Lakeland job market needs more high tech jobs, trade jobs, professional jobs, service positions, etc.? Less than a minute...that's all it takes to give your feedback on our monthly survey. Click here ---> www.lakelandvision.org and choose "Survey - Workforce Training".
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The July Listen Lakeland Show features GMF Steel Group and their fully-accredited Structural Steel Ironworker Apprentice...
07/13/2022

The July Listen Lakeland Show features GMF Steel Group and their fully-accredited Structural Steel Ironworker Apprenticeship Program, recognized by the State of Florida Department of Education and nationwide through the Department of Labor. Join Lakeland Vision Board Member and Host, Amy Wiggins and Sarah Vespa and Sara Taylor from GMF Steel Group as they highlight how this apprenticeship program fits into Lakeland’s Vision for great jobs, continuing education and an outstanding quality of life!
Click Here to watch this month's show ---> www.lakelandvision.org
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Wishing you a happy and safe Independence Day!    #246
07/04/2022

Wishing you a happy and safe Independence Day!
#246

What things are necessary to ensure a strong and safe neighborhood?  Please share one minute of your day to answer the J...
06/17/2022
Lakeland Vision

What things are necessary to ensure a strong and safe neighborhood? Please share one minute of your day to answer the June survey! Click here ---> www.lakelandvision.org
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Lakeland Vision collaborates with a broad range of community stakeholders to implement a comprehensive action plan shaped by the community’s own vision of its future.

The June Listen Lakeland Show takes a look at the importance of neighborhoods.  When Lakeland Vision refreshed the most ...
06/14/2022

The June Listen Lakeland Show takes a look at the importance of neighborhoods. When Lakeland Vision refreshed the most recent citizen Vision Document, the #1 priority of this community was Strong and Safe Neighborhoods! Join host, Sara R. McCarley and her guests, Tim Mitchell, Executive Director of Parker Street Ministries, and Jonathan Rodriguez, Senior Planner at the City of Lakeland/Neighborhood Outreach, as they chat about community involvement, knowing your neighbors and how the neighborhood associations work in a positive way for our community! To listen/watch this month's show, click here ---> www.lakelandvision.org
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Congratulations to Lakeland Vision Board Member, Jason Willey! You serve our community well.
06/13/2022

Congratulations to Lakeland Vision Board Member, Jason Willey! You serve our community well.

City News Blog: Jason Willey Named Assistant Director of Economic Development

LAKELAND, FL (June 13, 2022) | The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce the promotion of Jason Willey to Assistant Director of Economic Development. The position will report directly to Brian Rewis, Director of Community & Economic Development and Willey will continue to work with the City Manager on special projects as assigned.

Read the entire Press Release at Lakelandgov.net/WilleyCED22

06/09/2022

Yay!! October 22nd! 🌳

06/08/2022

Who else is excited to find out the grand opening date of Bonnet Springs Park!?!? Tomorrow is the day! 🌳

It's National Best Friends Day!  How will you and your bestie celebrate?
06/08/2022

It's National Best Friends Day! How will you and your bestie celebrate?

Please help our Age Friendly Lakeland Committee gather feedback!
06/07/2022

Please help our Age Friendly Lakeland Committee gather feedback!

TOGETHER WE CAN ELEVATE ALL THING AGE FRIENDLY!
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Lakeland leaders, business owners, and managers we need YOU! We are excited to collaborate and bring Age Friendly Resources to elevate serving our local older adults. Please answer a few questions regarding the way your location serves older adults. We are looking forward to offering an Age Friendly Seal and certification for Lakeland Businesses later this year!
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https://afl2020.wufoo.com/forms/swtdmq0028fbzy/ Link will also be posted on our bio.
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One month from today….Red, White and Kaboom!! Mark your calendars for a fun celebration. 🧨
06/03/2022

One month from today….Red, White and Kaboom!! Mark your calendars for a fun celebration. 🧨

The City of Lakeland's 2022 Red, White & Kaboom event presented by the T. Mims Corp. is only a month away!

If you love fireworks like we do, mark your calendars for July 3rd. We'll be celebrating America's independence at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Sunday night from 6 - 9:30 pm with live music from Andrew Luv & The Franchise Players, food trucks, fireworks, and so much more!

Also, we are asking that everyone who is attending please bring at least one non-perishable food item. There will be volunteers collecting canned food items that will be donated to VISTE - Volunteers in Service to the Elderly

For more information, visit Lakelandgov.net/RWK.

Traffic congestion on roadways has increased as Lakeland and Central Florida’s populations have increased. Transit is an...
05/17/2022
Lakeland Vision

Traffic congestion on roadways has increased as Lakeland and Central Florida’s populations have increased. Transit is an alternative to moving people. We'd like your feedback on Lakeland's efforts to move people throughout our community. Click here --> www.lakelandvision.org and choose "Survey - Transit in Lakeland"
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Lakeland Vision collaborates with a broad range of community stakeholders to implement a comprehensive action plan shaped by the community’s own vision of its future.

On this month’s Listen Lakeland, join us as we discuss the Squeeze, the downtown circulator, and the future of transit i...
05/16/2022

On this month’s Listen Lakeland, join us as we discuss the Squeeze, the downtown circulator, and the future of transit in Lakeland. Join Tom Phillips, Executive Director of The Citrus Connection, and James Phillips, Lakeland Vison Board Member, as they discuss where transit has grown in this beautiful city and how an increasing interest in transit is fueling future decisions. To hear their discussion, click here ---> www.lakelandvision.org
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Lakeland Vision, Inc. does sooo much for the community behind the scenes and is the organization behind Age-Friendly Lakeland. Please consider supporting. Gifts can also be earmarked for Age-Friendly initiatives if desired.
Our team was elated to join our friends and clients at Florida Southern College this week to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for THE EXPANSION of the Polk Museum of Art! As the architects of the original structure completed in 1988, our firm cannot be more excited to again partner with the museum to develop more space for academics, research, and the local art community.
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We loved spending time on Lakeland Vision, Inc.'s recent podcast, Listen Lakeland. Special thanks to Chuck McDanal for hosting. Take a listen and hear all about the exciting plans we have for our 57th season! See you at the Symphony! 🎶
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Today our Associate Executive Director has the honor of attending the Lakeland Vision, Inc. Board Retreat!
We are honored to be a part of such an innovative and forward-thinking group!

Even Snow White loves hard-driving bluegrass. The City of Lakeland brings you Friday Night Live in Munn Park 201 E Main Street Lakeland, FL 33801. Don't miss our free performance, wonderful park, and all the eateries and drinkeries (is that a word?).
Do you see yourself working for Home Instead?
Looking for a new career?
Looking for a flexible schedule?
Looking for a career that makes a difference in a seniors life?
Do you 💜 caring for others ?
Then Home Instead is the place for you! Come visit us from 3-7 today at the CareerSource Polk job fair at the RP Funding Center!

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Tune in today for a conversation between LSO exec Amy Wiggins and Kerry Falwell of Florida Children's Museum and Lkld Arts: Mayor's Council on the Arts

The Listen Lakeland radio show and podcast is a program of Lakeland Vision, Inc. in partnership with the radio stations above and City of Lakeland, FL - Government.
From Lakeland Vision, Inc.:

July’s Listen Lakeland Show is all about bicycle riding in and around Lakeland. Lakeland is officially designated as a “Bike Friendly Community” and like many other cities, has experienced a boom in bicycling throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic.

In this edition of Listen Lakeland, we hear from two Lakelanders who are looking to make cycling more accessible, safe, and fun for the community: Dr. Mary Crowe, President of Bicycling In Lakeland, and Ted Hogan, Leader of Pedal Power Bicycle Ministry, and a new mountain biking league in Lakeland for kids of all riding abilities from 6th to 12th grade is introduced as another opportunity to make Lakeland an ever more “Bike Friendly Community!

Click here to tune in: LakelandVision.org/listen-lakeland-show
Take the Bicycling in Lakeland Survey: SurveyMonkey.com/r/LV-July2021

Listen Lakeland also airs the first Sunday of each month on the following stations:

97.5 WPCV (FM) at 8:30 a.m.
98.3 WWRZ (FM) at 8:00 a.m.
1430 WLKF (AM) at 8:00 a.m.
1230 WONN (AM) at 9:00 a.m.
On the May Lakeland Vision, Inc. podcast Ileana Kniss, our Director of Development and Community Relations interviewed Candace Barnes, COO to discuss Mental Health Awareness Month. Listen to learn more about fighting the stigma, providing support and educating the public about the realities of living with mental illness.
What an honor to Chair the CNA Career Path Committee through Age Friendly & Lakeland Vision ! The committee has been amazing on planning and securing scholarship money to make sure these students have what they need! From CNA class, fingerprints, testing fees paid, scrubs, stethoscope, career development and a mentor who has walked in their steps before! Can’t wait to see what the future hold for all of these ladies and looking forward to our next group of scholarship recipients! Age-Friendly LakelandLiz Aviles CravenCity of Lakeland, FL - GovernmentLakeland Vision, Inc.Success CNA PrepGEICOFamily Elder Law
The ✨BRAND NEW ✨Lake Crago Outdoor Recreation Complex in Lakeland is set to open in early October! City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation LkldNow Lakeland Vision, Inc. City of Lakeland, FL - Government

Look more into the Lake Crago Complex at www.Lakelandgov.net/LakeCrago
Lakeland Vision, Inc. Board Member and PRC Director of Community Relations and Development Ileana Kniss spoke to Dr. Linda Parker, our Director on the July Listen Lakeland Show. Ileana and Dr. Parker discussed the Victims Service Program, which seeks to educate and promote safety within the community through creating a positive force for social change with a zero-tolerance towards domestic and sexual violence in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties.
Lakeland Vision, Inc. Board Member and PRC Director of Community Relations and Development Ileana Kniss spoke to Dr. Linda Parker, Peace River Center Victim Services Director on the July Listen Lakeland Show. Ileana and Dr. Parker discussed the Victims Service Program, which seeks to educate and promote safety within the community through creating a positive force for social change with a zero-tolerance towards domestic and sexual violence in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties.
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