About Lakeland

Lakeland is centered on the I-4 Corridor, the rapidly expanding high-tech connector serving both the Orlando and Tampa markets.  Due to its strategic market position, this central Florida area supports significant logistics, warehousing and distribution opportunities.  With specific training programs and Lakeland's location, manufacturing operations find the area to be highly supportive and ideal for access to all of Florida.

Lakeland's diversified general economy based on light manufacturing, distribution, services, corporate centers including Publix Supermarkets, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Geico Insurance, Watson Clinic, Rooms to Go Furniture, Coca Cola Co., Tampa Maid Foods, Pepperidge Farms, Florida's Natural Growers, just to name a few.

Education in Lakeland serves a wide variety of interests and needs, including specialized and a variety of magnet and choice schools, along with a variety of private education opportunities. An expansive variety of colleges and universities also serve the Lakeland/Polk County area, including Florida Polytechnic University which is located on I-4 at the east interchange with the Polk Parkway.   

Arts and culture play a very important role in Lakeland's vitality, providing a metropolitan atmosphere.   While striving to remain on the cutting edge of technology and current interests, the City of Lakeland is very active in encouraging and supporting historic preservation.

In the 2006 annual list compiled by Inc. Magazine, Lakeland ranked sixth (6th) among the "hottest midsize cities" category. To round out the allure of central Florida, Lakeland's strategic geographic position between Tampa (30 minutes)and Orlando (less than an hour), affording a high quality of life while being within easy reach of the two metropolitan markets, in addition to two international airports (Tampa and Orlando).


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David F. Bunch, SIOR


Lisa Parks Abberger, SIOR, AICP