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CONTACT:

Jim Malless

Candidate for Lakeland City Commissioner

Telephone: 863-838-9686                                                                                       

E-mail: jim@Jim4lakeland.com

 

JIM MALLESS FOR LAKELAND CITY COMMISSIONER

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 27, 2013). - Local commercial realtor and business owner, Jim Malless, 56, has announced his candidacy for Lakeland City Commissioner. Malless has lived and worked in the Lakeland area for over 20 years.  He is the owner of Wiley & Malless, LLC, a Commercial Real Estate firm and Wireless Planning Services, LLC, a consulting firm that provides planning and zoning services to the development community and to wireless providers. 

Malless attended Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis where he received a BS in Public Affairs with a concentration in Urban Studies and a Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in Public Financial Administration.

Prior to owning his own business and working as a commercial realtor, Malless managed a three-state zoning program for OMP, Inc a major southeastern United States tower building company.

His skills, honed in business and civic activities, include;

  • Problem identification and solving
  • Land use, planning and zoning
  • Real estate
  • Group decision-making  
  • Conflict management
  • Resource management
  • Financial analysis
  • Budget management

 

“My experience in zoning, land use and commercial real estate will prove a valuable asset in my role as city commissioner. The future of Lakeland is of great concern not only for me but for future generations. Building on all the work that has been done by previous generations to meet our growing community’s needs is the key to our success,” said Malless.

Jim has been extremely active in the Lakeland community and is currently the chairman of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, as well as the Downtown Community Redevelopment Advisory Board. Active in the arts, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Polk Museum of Art, the Board of Directors of Arts on the Park, and Polk County’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) Art and Cultural Committee.  He is member of the Leadership Lakeland Class XIV and has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland since 1999 serving as the club’s president in 2009.  Additionally, Mr. Malless has been a member of the boards of the City of Lakeland Historic Preservation and Historic Lakeland, Inc. where he served two terms as president.

More information is available on the campaign website, http://jim4lakeland.com.



CITY OF LAKELAND HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD

HISTORIC HOME WORKSHOP

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 26, 2013) –  The Eleventh Biennial Historic Home Workshop will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Ordway Building at Florida Southern College.  Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:00 a.m.  The one-hour workshops will start at 8:30 a.m. and will be conducted by local experts. 

 

Workshops will be offered on a variety of topics, including:

  • The Challenge Obtaining A Green Thumb: Landscaping Battles – John King, King Landscaping
  • Wood Window Woes: Wood Window Rehabilitation – Steven Quillian, Wood Window Makeovers
  • Code Enforcement: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (But Mainly The Good) – Brian Rewis, Lakeland Code Enforcement
  • Inviting Entrances: HLI’s Front Porch Grant – Jean Bunch, Historic Lakeland, Inc.
  • Plugged In: Home Energy Efficiency – Kevin Jones and Rico Dunsmore, Energy Analysts, Lakeland Electric
  • Paint It Right: Exterior Preparation & Painting – Gary Witte; Walt Witte & Sons, Inc.
  • Don’t Be A Slum Lord: Landlord Management, Applicant Screening & Evictions – Gene Lord; DART Coordinator, Lakeland Police Department
  • Walls Not Needed: Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch – Dr. Gregory Robinson; Supervisor, Lakeland Police Department Community Services
  • Learn To Love ‘Em: The Historic Preservation Design Guidelines – Troy Salisbury; Historic Preservation Planner, City of Lakeland
  • Engaged Neighborhood Associations: How To Keep Your Group From Turning Historic – Mary Smith; President, Dixieland Neighborhood Association
  • Landlord Management – Crime Prevention & Illegal Activity – Dr. Gregory Robinson; Supervisor, Lakeland Police Department Community Services
  • Got Money? Redesigning A Commercial Corridor – Tamara Sakagawa, CRA Director
  • Let’s Build Something! The Building Permitting Process & Why To Love It! – Dan Gargas, Chief Building Official
  • Sheds Can Have Design Elements Too – Jo-Anne Peck & Craig Derrin, Preservation Resource, Inc./ Historic Shed

A tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on the Florida Southern College campus will be offered at the conclusion of the Workshop.

Trade groups and companies that provide services and supplies for the maintenance and renovation of older homes may be represented in the Exhibit Area.  Other exhibitors will include City agencies, neighborhood associations, and various organizations devoted to historic preservation.

No pre-registration is required.  The workshop is free, and open to all interested residents.  This is a great opportunity to learn about home renovations and to meet other people involved in preserving the architectural heritage of Lakeland.  This event is sponsored by the City of Lakeland Historic Preservation Board; Historic Lakeland, Inc.; Florida Southern College; and BB&T Bank.

 

For more information call Troy Salisbury in the Community Development Department (863) 834-6011 or visit our website athttp://www.lakelandgov.net.


On Wednesday, February 27, Governor Rick Scott will hold his 16th “Let’s Get to Work Day” at the Detroit Tigers Spring Training Baseball facility. At 11:00 a.m. the Governor will hold a press conference regarding funding for Spring Training Baseball in Florida.

WHAT:           Press Conference and Work Day

WHEN:          9:15 a.m.        Grounds Crew

11:00 a.m.     ***Press Conference***

11:30 a.m.      Parking

12:30 p.m.      Programs

2:00 p.m.        Concession Stands

3:00 p.m.        Clubhouse

LOCATION: 

Joker Merchant Stadium

2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd

Lakeland, FL 33805

 


DON SELVAGE ANNOUNCES HIS DECISION TO RUN

FOR RE-ELECTION TO LAKELAND CITY COMMISSION SEAT

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 25, 2013) – Don Selvage has filed paperwork with the City of Lakeland’s Clerk, officially announcing his decision to run for a second term on the Lakeland City Commission representing the Southwest District.

 

Selvage is President of SHR Human Resources, LLC, offering consulting and professional recruiting services in the Central Florida area.  Selvage stated: “It has been a profound honor and privilege to serve the residents of Lakeland and I am excited about the future of this great city.  I am asking our citizens to return me to office so that I can continue my focus on: 1) Sustaining open communications and dialogue among citizens, the city commission, and city management; 2) Facilitating job growth by supporting business development; 3) Building safe, livable, and engaged neighborhoods; 4) Advocating for our seniors’ quality of life to support independent living and aging in place; and 5) Building awareness of veterans issues.”

 

Selvage holds a BA Degree in Political Science from Ohio State University as well as Masters’ Degrees in Administration from Central Michigan University and in National Security Affairs from Salve Regina College.  Following graduation from Ohio State University, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years as an infantry officer and he is a veteran of the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars.  Before retiring as a Colonel, he held several command and staff positions overseas and in the continental United States.

 

Actively involved in several civic and professional organizations, he currently serves as Vice Chairman, Polk County Veterans Council and is Past President of the Polk County Military Officers Association, Mid-Florida Society of Human Resource Managers, and the Lakeland Rotary Club.  He is a board member of the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. As a city commissioner, he serves on the boards of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, Lakeland Mass Transit District, Polk Transit Authority, Transportation Planning Organization, the Central Florida Development Council’s Arts and Culture Committee, and  the Sun n’ Fun Fly-In.  

 

Selvage is married to his wife Rita, a teacher at Dixieland Elementary.  They have been married for 43 years.