The best deals are the ones in which everyone wins.

Whether creating internal partnerships between local businesses and organizations, to larger partnerships between the BEDC and other economic development entities, harnessing the strengths and abilities of others is one of the most strategic ways to create economic vitality for a city, county or region.

In today’s fast-paced environment, a “do-it-alone” approach is not the best strategy for growth. That is why the Bartow Economic Development Council is proud to collaborate with other area organizations to ensure that when it comes to economic development, we all win.



Board of Directors are Melony Bell, Polk County Board of County Commissioners; Patrick Carroll, Clear Springs; Rob Clancey, BEDC President; James F. Clements, BEDC Chair, City of Bartow; Jeff Clark, Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce; Stephen Cox, Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency; Drew Crawford, BEDC General Counsel, Boswell & Dunlap, PA; Jennifer Hall, SEMCO Construction; Linda Holcomb, Mainstreet Bartow, Inc.; Brian Hinton, Bartow Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc.; Stephen Hull, Polk State College; Philip Minden, Baycare Bartow Regional Medical Center; Callie Neslund, Mosaic; and Ken Riley, Eastside Positive Action Committee.



Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Clark, Executive Director
email Jeff
City of Bartow
George Long, Manager
email George
Bob Wiegers, Planning
email Bob

Melony Bell, County Commissioner
email Melony
Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency
Stephen Cox, Director
email Stephen
Mainstreet Bartow, Inc.

Linda Holcomb, Executive Director
email Linda
Sean Malott, President and CEO
email Sean
Small Business Development Center
Central Florida Regional Planning Council
Auburndale Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce
Haines City Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce
Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce
Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
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