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EMERGE Lakeland and Platform Florida invite you to an evening with the Arts - August 31, 2009

EMERGE Lakeland and Platform Florida are bringing you a wonderful opportunity to tap into your inner artist. On September 26, 2009, you are invited to check out artwork from emerging Central Florida artists, short films, a ‘60’-style fashion show, music by MPG, and USF’s Contemporary Dance Troupe. For a special price of $15 advance purchase or $20 at the door, you can attend this extraordinary event.

And, wait…there’s more…if you are one of the first 25 to register, you can attend a VIP reception where networking and getting to know the ‘Who’s Who’ is the goal and food, wine, and beer will be available.

Crucial info:
Saturday, September 26, 2009
202 North Massachussetts Avenue, Lakeland 33801
$15 advanced purchase/$20 at the door

To take advantage of this generous offer, please email Punam Saxena at or call 559.6615.

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Directions to United Way - August 26, 2009

We are excited to have you all attend our EMERGE event this Thursday, August 25th at United Way. I understand Mapquest is sending you all to North Lakeland, but that is the wrong direction, so please refer to the following directions if you do not know where we are located. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all on Thursday!

Directions to UWCF
5605 U.S. Highway 98 South
Highland City, Florida 33846

Get on Polk Parkway (570 Toll Road) and get off on exit 10, which will take you to U.S. Highway 98 South. Go South on Highway 98 and go approximately 2 miles until you reach Highland City. There is one major intersection followed by a yellow blinking light. United Way of Central Florida is located in an one-story strip center on your right. The United Way sign is highly visible in front of the building.

If you have any difficulties finding us, please call 863.648.1500 and press 0 for the operator. Thank you!

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Swan Development Advisors- Project Manager / Urban Planner Position Opening - August 26, 2009

This is a new position and the selected applicant will have great latitude to work across a
variety of disciplines that include Urban Planning, CRA Planning and Projects, Project
Management, Affordable and Workforce Housing, Public Housing and Economic Analysis. The
Project Manager is responsible for the administration and implementation of planning projects,
and technical research documentation related to redevelopment plans, feasibility studies and
similar. Responsibilities in housing include regulatory compliance and monitoring of real estate
transactions, construction administration and sales transactions, market analysis, community
outreach and public speaking.

The Project Manager is responsible to coordinate with the current team on project data,
tracking, preparing required periodic reports and maintaining statistical data related to
redevelopment programs; managing community meetings, and communicating with program
partners, clients and the general public and public officials. This is a new position that works in
collaboration with the Program Manager and other team members.

Detail oriented with excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing. Ability and
eagerness to learn new programs and design new systems. Ability to prepare and review
complex studies and reports that include financial data. Strong research and analytical
abilities essential, as are excellent computer skills. Experience with federal grant programs
helpful, but not required. Familiarity with real estate terminology, development processes,
budgets, and transactions is preferred.

Completion of a Bachelors degree in urban or regional planning, business, public
administration, or a closely related field. Masters Degree in related field is preferred.
Certifications including AICP, CEcD, AIA or similar preferred. Significant work experience in
applicable field is required.
Periodic evening meetings, occasional overnight travel and local travel required. Open until
filled. EOE/ADA/drug-free workplace. Salary commensurate with education/experience.

Please submit resume and cover letter to either:
Redevelopment Manager
Swan Development Advisors, Inc.
P.O. Box 2097
Lakeland, FL 33806-2097

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Lakeland Filmmaker to Unveil Documentaries at Polk Theatre - August 24, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009-- LAKELAND, FLA-- Many Americans are unaware that throughout the world, poverty-stricken children rummage through mountains of toxic trash in search of recyclables to sell for meager wages.

The founders of the Trash Mountain Project are working to open a few more eyes to the plight of these children on Tuesday, Aug. 25 when they present “Live the Command,” the release of two documentaries they created about trash dump communities in Honduras and Cambodia.

The documentary presentation is at 8 p.m. at the Polk Theatre and is free to the public, said Trash Mountain Project president and co-founder Michael G. Barrett.

“My goal is to get everyone in attendance to use their influence to tell others about the problems associated with families living in trash dump communities throughout the world,” Barrett said. “We will share the stories we’ve documented about the people in Cambodia and Honduras, and then it is up to those who hear those stories to determine how or if they want to help.”

Through a partnership with Southeastern University’s “Hunger and Thirst” team, baby formula will be collected at the event to be shipped to Honduras in December when a Trash Mountain Project team goes there to build homes, Barrett said.

“Typically, babies in these communities are given Tang or coffee grounds instead of milk or formula,” he said. “This will be a tremendous gift to these families.”

Copies of the documentaries also will be available for attendees who wish to share them with volunteer organizations, including civic organizations and church groups. A $5 donation is requested for each DVD.

The Trash Mountain Project is a non-profit organization that Michael G. Barrett and Brett Durbin co-founded after a trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras in November 2008 to film a documentary about families living in the neighboring trash dump community. While filming, each felt a call to focus on raising awareness for children and families in trash dump communities throughout the world, Barrett said.

“I’ve never known a call anymore clear than when in Honduras,” he said. “I knew I was to use my gifts and talents to help bring hope and life to a people who have very little hope. Serving the least and last of the world has been the blessing of a lifetime.”

For more information on the documentary release event or on the Trash Mountain Project, please visit the organization’s Web site:

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SWAT Coordinator Position at PCHD - August 10, 2009

Working Title: Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Coordinator
Broadband/Class Level: HEALTH EDUCATORS - Level 3 21-1091-03
Pay Grade/Pay BBroadband/Class Code: and: BB007

Position Number: DOHHe1237 Closing Date: 8/21/2009
Location: BARTOW County : Polk County

Annual Salary Range : $28,093.00 - $40,000.00 annually
Announcement Type: Open Competitive


The State of Florida is an AA/EEO employer. Pursuant to Chapter 295 Florida Statutes, veterans and spouses of veterans may receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply.

***This position is being advertised pending approval***

This is a highly responsible, fulltime professional position assigned to the Health Promotion and Preparedness Division of the Polk County Health Department and is responsible for coordinating youth and young adult tobacco prevention and control activities at the county level. The activities focus on: (1) preventing initiation among youth and young adults; (2) eliminating secondhand smoke exposure and; (3) promoting cessation from tobacco use. This position serves as a liaison between the county health department, headquarters, and the Statewide SWAT Coordinator. This position requires the ability to work independently and to work with youth, young adults, and adults. Public speaking and coalition building skills are required; policy development, marketing, and public relations experience is preferred. The person in this position must also have a working knowledge of computers and possess word processing skills. This position requires occasional travel and weekend and evening hours. This is a tobacco-free position, and a background check will be required.

Preventing Initiation Among Youth and Young Adults (60%)

Actively promote Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) activities in schools, churches, community-based organizations, malls, and other areas where youth congregate.
Recruit youth for participation in Polk County SWAT and the Tobacco-free Community Partnership following the partnership work plan and guidelines set forth by the DOH Community –Based Interventions Program.
Work with local schools and youth organizations to plan and implement anti-tobacco activities and youth advocacy programs.
Work with school administration and staff to establish and maintain SWAT teams in middle and high schools.
Recruit SWAT advisors at schools and other community-based organizations to establish and maintain SWAT clubs.
Work with local colleges to plan and coordinate anti-tobacco activities and advocacy programs.
Assist SWAT youth in planning, implementing, and completing activities related to SWAT and the Tobacco-free Community Partnership.
Attend and participate in Polk County Tobacco-free Community Partnership meetings.
Coordinate and attend all countywide SWAT meetings and events.
Serve as a mentor to SWAT youth by providing a positive role model of effective leadership and empowerment.
Attend individual school SWAT team meetings as time allows or as needed.
Correspond with youth via appropriate media regarding meetings, presentations, events, and programs.
Provide resource information/materials to assist SWAT advisors and clubs in accomplishing goals set forth in partnership work plan.
Coordinate transportation for youth members to meetings and tobacco prevention activities/events as needed.
Transport and chaperone youth volunteers/advocates to local, regional, state and/or national tobacco prevention and control trainings, events, meetings, functions or activities, etc, upon receipt of written parental consent. Transport may be with a state or county vehicle, with the employee’s own personal vehicle or rental vehicle.
Work with youth to develop team and membership guidelines and by-laws.
Support and assist law enforcement activities limiting youth access to tobacco products through retailer compliance checks.
Promote youth empowerment by facilitating activities to increase knowledge of tobacco issues and prevention; advocacy training and policy development.
Secondhand Smoke and Cessation (25%)

Promote the Florida QuitLine and local tobacco cessation services to the community.
Assist the Tobacco Program Manager to develop and implement counter-marketing strategies.
Assist the Tobacco Program Manager to develop policies for local businesses and public areas, to effectively reduce tobacco use, access to tobacco products and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Coordinate youth media activities with Department of Health Access and Tobacco (DHAT) marketing program and Polk County Health Department Public Information Officer.
Coordinate program activities with the Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention staff, WIC, and other health department staff as needed.
Represent the County Health Department at community events and functions.
Provide administrative support for tobacco prevention and control for the Tobacco Program Manager.
Other (15%)

Attend required team meetings, training and in-service programs for job competency. Completes all mandatory trainings as required.
Maintain computer competency necessary for job performance.
Submit regular reports as required to ensure appropriate progress on work plans.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Emergency Duty: Incumbent may be required to work during or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Required duties may include working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or the performance of other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or activities involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
Knowledge of tobacco prevention and use reduction in the area of cessation, secondhand smoke, and youth prevention. Knowledge of tobacco prevention resources. Knowledge of coalition development. Knowledge of procurement procedures and methods. Knowledge of financial systems for tracking encumbrances and payments. Knowledge of evaluation methods and practices. Ability to develop, plan, implement programs. Ability to work with youth and adults. Ability to prioritize and organize work assignments and work independently. Ability to build and maintain partnerships. Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision. Skilled in written and oral communications.

Responses to qualifying questions must be verifiable by experience stated on employment application.
Certifications Drivers License
Closest Major City Bartow
Education Bachelors (or equivalent work experience)
Job Type Full Time
Region/County Polk County
Percent of Travel 50-75%

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Blue Sky: High Tech Incubator- The Perfect Place to Grow - August 7, 2009

USF Polytechnic and its partners are proud to announce our region's first business incubator to nurture the development of high tech companies, allowing them to "hatch and grow" -- maximizing their viability and economic impact at the heart of Florida's High Tech Corridor.

Incubated companies will benefit from the proximity to and resources of a national research university as well as the assets of economic development networks.

Operational infrastructure, including office space, equipment and technology
University resources, such as faculty experts, technology consults, and student interns
Entrepreneurial education and training programs

For more information please visit their website

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The Imperial Symphony Orchestra Presents the 5th Annual Music and Martinis - August 5, 2009

You’re invited to the Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s
5th Annual Music & Martinis Season Kick-Off.

When: Tuesday, August 25, 2009; 7 - 9pm
Where: Sikes Hall, Th e Lakeland Center
Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 day of (Parking Included)

Enjoy great company and sip signature martinis prepared by your
favorite bartenders from Brima, Huntington Hills Lounge, Linkster’s
Tap Room, Lucky’s Sports Bar, Natalie’s, Texas Cattle Company and
Tucker’s Southside Package & Lounge.

Ticket includes:
hors d’oeuvres from The Antiquarian, Aramark and
Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill; two martini coupons; your ballot for the
“People’s Choice” award; and performance by the Orchestra.
Additional martini coupons just $5 each. Cash bar available.

Get tickets at The Lakeland Center Box Office, the ISO Office or Must be age 21 or above for entry.

For more information: Phone (863) 688-3743
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The Blueprint Project: Help Middle School Student in Our Community - August 5, 2009

Dear Community Partners,

My name is Rashene Smith and I’m an AmeriCorps VISTA working with Polk County Board Of County Commissioners Leisure Services Division. We have written a Mentoring Program to provide Middle School students with experience and information that will allow them to reach their potential. The Blueprint Project will run from September 2nd, 2009, through May 25, 2010. The Program consist of five( 3) three week sessions. This program will be FREE for all selected Middle School students. Our goal is to improve the lives of our youth and communities by promoting personal stability, character development, and citizenship.

These sessions include health, financial education, education tutoring, culture and community service. The program will be taking place at (3) three locations; Wilfred Smith Resource Center(Florence Villa in Northeast Winter Haven), Eloise Resource Center(Eloise in Southwest Winter Haven) and Medulla Resource Center(in South Lakeland).

My session of the program is community service. The goal of my session is to install a sense of pride for the students communities and develop the desire to work within the community for its betterment. As a community activist and A VERY WELL KNOWN YOUTH LEADER MYSELF, I know what it feels like to have a mentor and to learn. I am asking for partners such as yourself to mentor these Kids about the importance of giving back to the community by learning to serve the community as we all were taught.

If you would like to Participate and become apart of this developing Educational Needed Program please Contact Me as soon as possible. PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 SO THAT WE MAY GET TOGETHER AND DISCUSS THE CURRICULUM My contact information is below.


PS-I am also looking for sponsorship for my part of the program


Rashene Smith

Americorps VISTA

BoCC/ Leisure Services Division

Wilfred Smith Resource Center

135 Ave Y NE

Winter Haven,FL 33881





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