► Joe McLeod, (left) Florida Public Relations Association Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter President-elect, received the Joe Curley Rising Leader Award at the annual FPRA Conference.


Quick news from Polk County

Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets Charities announced it will donate $5 million to more than 240 nonprofit organizations, including Feeding America member food banks, which focuses on alleviating hunger across Publix’s operating area.

►GTE Financial opened a Community Financial Center located at 5320 U.S. Highway 98 North, Lakeland.

After a national search, Florida Orthopaedic Institute hired Joseph Gordon as its new CEO.

►JBL Asset Management acquired Lake Walden Square in Plant City for $29 million.

►The North American Spine Society named Dr. Chukwuka Okafor, founder of the Spine Institute of Central Florida in Lakeland, as one of the top 20 spine physicians 40 years old and younger.

►Greystone Healthcare Management is developing a $25 million skilled nursing facility within the Lake Gibson Village community in Lakeland.

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