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Haines City

Lake Eva Park. - Julie Busch Branaman
Lake Eva Park. - Julie Busch Branaman
Just 45 minutes from Orlando, Polk County's eastern-most city boasts major employers in Civix, a property development company that is building a medical complex, a new ALDI grocery distribution center plus the $40 million expansion of Cellynne Paper Manufacturers. A long-time center of Citrus agriculture too, Haines City made a key decision to lure more businesses downtown when it invested in widening sidewalks, installing historic lampposts and burying utility lines. City leaders also made a significant investment in the town's future by expanding the Lake Eva Complex and Railroad Park properties.

Haines City Features

The Aquaculture Evolution: Not Your Grandpa's Guppies

Central Florida is the center of the nation's tropical fish farming universe and Mike Drawdy, a third-generation producer, aims to use technology to reclaim the local industry's place on the world stage. Fancy fish, it turns out, swim spectacularly through cyberspace.

Florida Citrus: Taming Wild Stock And Breeding A Legacy

Central Florida Is Ground Zero in the war against citrus greening, where the battle extends from historic groves to university laboratories, hi-tech strategies and the newest innovatons in crop research.

Florida Citrus: Scientists Confront Unprecedented Challenge In Greening

The clock is ticking as an insidious microbe lays waste to Florida's citrus groves, making the entire peninsula an experimental field trial for strategies that researchers hope will fend off the extinction of a crop that contributes billions of dollars and more than 75,000 jobs to the state's economy.

Tampa Bay Competes For Talent Dividend, $1M

The Tampa Bay region is competing with 57 other U.S. cities/regions, including Pittsburgh, Memphis, Cincinnati and Oklahoma City, for a $1 million prize that will recognize success in attaining college degrees through the Talent Dividend.

What You Want: 83 Degrees Media Reader Survey

When we asked readers why they read 83 Degrees Media, the response was overwhelmingly reaffirming and encouraging, with repeated calls for us to do even more stories about talent, innovation, diversity and environment. "GO! GO! GO!'' says one reader. So we decided to share a sampling of reader comments.
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