Annual Report 2016 - Page 18

GOVERNMENT Vision Before 2030, Polk County will have a comprehensive system of government that is effective, efficient, diverse and responsive to the basic needs of its citizens. Melony Bell, Polk County BoCC Taylor Benson, Polk County Clerk of Courts GOVERNMENT LEAD TEAM In a large area that includes 17 municipalities and a county government, it is important to have opportunities for leaders to discuss current issues, share best practices and find commonalities that bond them to the community as a whole. The Polk Vision Government Team works to bring together all levels of government operating on behalf of Polk County to create more cooperation and teamwork in support of LEAD Team initiatives. Stacy Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of Courts Meagin Colson, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Suzanne Crowder, Polk County Tax Collector’s Office Tony Delgado, City of Lakeland Marsha Faux, Polk County Property Appraiser Deric Feacher, City of Winter Haven Christine Goding, Polk County Supervisor of Elections Office Yadira Holmes, Community Volunteer Mayor’s Roundtable, 2015 Gwinnell Jarvis, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Joe LaCascia, City of Polk City Maggie Mariucci, Florida Polytechnic University Donna Sheehan, City of Winter Haven LeaAnn Thomas, Polk County BoCC MAYORS ROUNDTABLE For the 5th year in a row, the Polk Vision Government Team hosted a half-day roundtable discussion for the mayors of Polk County. This unique event allows the mayors to discuss topics critical to their communities and the county as a whole. Mayors from 12 of the county’s 17 municipalities attended the 2015 event which was moderated by Pat Steed, Executive Director of the Central Florida Regional Development Council. Topics covered included economic development, infrastructure, mass transit, fire fees and a strong mayor form of government. The Roundtable allows mayors to highlight their city’s strengths and to share challenges, solutions and best practices. The participating mayors have repeatedly expressed their feeling that the relationships formed through connecting with their counterparts will benefit their community and in turn, our county as a whole. 18 “The City of Lakeland has always seen our partnership with Polk Vision to be a vital conduit to creating a community led partnership of many different organizations, businesses, government entities building synergies to develop solutions to key and critical issues impacting our County. I am proud to have been a part of these efforts since Polk Vision’s inception” – Tony Delgado, City Manager, City of Lakeland