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POLK COUNTY ECONOMICS

by: LAURA HAWLEY guest: Troy Garcia March 22, 2017
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Co-Host
Troy Garcia – CFP®, Financial Advisor at Allen & Company

Guest
Mark Jackson – Director at Central Florida’s Tourism and Sports Marketing (CFTSM)
Gene Conrad – Director at Lakeland Linder Airport
Matt Mucci – Regional Director at ATT; Lakeland South Rotary

In this episode, we discuss the growth in Polk County Agribusiness, Agritechnology, and Tourism, and the many offerings within Polk County Florida. We will tackle the question of “Why come to Polk County?” We welcome guest Mark Jackson, Director at Central Florida’s Tourism and Sports Marketing (CFTSM) and Gene Conrad, Director at Lakeland Linder Airport. Matt Mucci from the Lakeland South Rotary will also join the show to discuss Lakeland South Rotary Concert Series.

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In this episode we cover:

  • Economic Compass (1: 09)
  • Visit with Mark Jackson, Director at Central Florida’s Tourism, and Gene Conrad, Director at Lakeland Linder Airport to discuss tourism and growth within Polk County (2:15)
  • Developments and initiatives within Central Florida Tourism and the financial impact they bring to Polk County (4:04)
  • Discuss the topic of Tourism and how it relates to the Economy as an Import or an Export (6.36)
  • Aviation and the role it plays in Polk County Tourism (9:22)
  • Why should people come to Polk County? (11:35)
  • Solar Panels and the uniqueness they bring to Lakeland (14:51)
  • Discuss Hurricane Hunters in NOAH and the economic impact on Polk County (18:18)
  • The difference between a Drone and UAS, and the future within Polk County (25:26)
  • Welcome guest Matt Mucci to discuss Lakeland South Rotary Concert Series (32:15)
  • How to get through the volatility when it doesn’t feel good (38:38)

Tweetable Topics:

Focus in on what your goals are. – Laura Hawley, CFP®, Senior Vice President at Allen & Company

30% of the tax dollars coming into the state (Florida) are coming from tourist. – Eugene Conrad, Director at Lakeland Linder Airport.

Aviation as a whole creates about a $144 billion economic impact to our state (Florida). – Eugene Conrad, Director at Lakeland Linder Airport.

All four airports basically combine for about a half-billion economic impact to just our county alone. – Eugene Conrad, Director at Lakeland Linder Airport.

Connect with:

Laura Hawley – CFP®, Senior Vice President at Allen & Company
Allen & Company – Laura Hawley

Troy Garcia – Financial Advisor at Allen & Company
Allen & Company – Troy Garcia
LinkedIn – Troy Garcia

Mark Jackson – Director at Central Florida’s Tourism and Sports Marketing (CFTSM)
Central Florida’s Tourism and Sports Marketing – Mark Jackson

Eugene Conrad – Director at Lakeland Linder Airport
LinkedIn – Eugene Conrad
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport – Eugene Conrad

Matt Mucci – Regional Director at ATT; Lakeland South Rotary
LinkedIn – Matt Mucci

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About LAURA HAWLEY

Laura began her lifelong career at Allen & Company as one of the youngest Financial Advisors in Florida more than 30 years ago.

A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, Laura joined Allen & Company in 1983 and now serves as Senior Vice President and Chairperson of the Executive Committee. In addition, she was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2001. Laura played a crucial role in establishing the Viera office and served as Branch Manager until 2015. She holds Series 7, 66 and 24 licenses, as well as her Life, Health and Variable Annuities.

Laura’s holistic approach to financial planning, and her passion...