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World-renowned leaders to speak to Lakeland Electric and City of Lakeland employees


On Friday, May 4, 2012, Lakeland Electric and City of Lakeland employees will gain access to the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Chick-fil-A Leadercast.

Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Lakeland.  Speakers for this year’s event include:

  • Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and special correspondent for CNN
  • Tim Tebow, NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and best-selling author
  • Patrick Lencioni, Best-selling author and president of The Table Group
  • John Maxwell, Leadership expert & best-selling author of “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”
  • Angela Ahrendts, CEO, Burberry
  • Roland Fryer, Professor of economics at Harvard University and CEO of the Education Innovation Laboratory 
  • Urban Meyer, ESPN analyst and former head football coach for the University of Florida
  • Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author and communicator
  • Sheena Iyengar, Author of “The Art of Choosing“ and world-renowned expert of choice 

Thirty employees from various City departments will gather to participate in this interactive leadership development event. The selected employees are among the emerging leaders of the City of Lakeland and Lakeland Electric who may not have had opportunities for leadership training in the past.

“The Chick-Fil-A Leadercast supports our vision to become a values-driven high performing organization,” said Betsy Levingston, director of Training and Workforce Development for Lakeland Electric. “Our employees will gain a better understanding of how their choices impact others.”

We look forward to continuing the collaboration around the Chick-Fil-A materials to develop strong leaders.

Lakeland, FL — The week of April 22 - 28, 2012, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, is a time to honor crime victims and our nation’s progress in advancing their rights. This year’s theme—Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim—celebrates the vision behind that progress and the ideal of serving all victims of crime.

The vision that launched the victims’ rights movement emerged more than 30 years ago. Then—as now—crime victims endured physical and emotional wounds and costly financial burdens. The Lakeland Police Department has an established Victim's Assistance Program that continually works to confront these challenges and to promote fair, compassionate, and respectful responses to victims of crime. As part of the program, a Victim's Compensation Trust Fund has been established to provide financial support for victims of crime in the areas of counseling, dental/medical bills, lost wages just to name a few. 

An integral part of the Victim's Assistance Program are the volunteers from the Lakeland community who donate their time to assist victims of crime. Volunteers play many roles such as providing emotional support, helping with transportation needs and serving as a guide in obtaining compensation for the victim.  The Lakeland Police Department is continually recruiting volunteers and happy to work with any one interested in assisting those in need in our community.

For additional information about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week or the Victims Assistance Program and how to help victims in your community, please contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863.834-6914.


Classical guitarist Robert Phillips will perform at the Lakeland Public Library (100 Lake Morton Drive) on Sunday, May 6th at 2 pm.

The hour-long concert will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Federico Moreno TorrClassical guitarist Robert Phillips will perform at the Lakeland Public Library (100 Lake Morton Drive) on Sunday, May 6th at 2 pm.

The hour-long concert will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Federico Moreno Torroba, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Francisco Tarrega.

A Lakeland-based classical guitarist, Robert Phillips has produced three CDs: Guitarre Nouveau (TPL Records), and Great Themes and Variations for Classic Guitar [2 CD s] (Mel Bay Publications). 

The programs and events at the Lakeland Public Library are free and open to the public. There are no reservations for performances at Lakeland Public Library. It is open seating. Doors open 10 -15 minutes before the program begins. For more information, call Brenda J. Patterson at 863-834-4276 or send e-mail

For upcoming events and programs, visit Lakeland Public Library's website and Facebook page at and Follow our Twitter feed at!/lakelandpublib.



The City of Lakeland’s Public Works Department will be celebrating the American Public Works Association national Public Works Week (NPWW) from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on Friday, May 4, 2012, along with Downtown Lakeland’s First Friday event. During this event shops and restaurants will stay open with music and entertainment along the streets including a classic car show.

The NPWW celebration will be In Munn Park featuring displays from each of our Public Works divisions.  Some of the feature displays include: heavy duty equipment, Lakes & Stormwater awareness campaigns, pedestrian & bicycle safety, recycling materials and much more! Along with these events, there will be children’s activities, give-a-ways and fun for the whole family!

Everyone is invited to the Downtown Lakeland First Friday and the celebration of National Public Works Week. Parking is free beginning at 5:00pm the evening of the event in the Main Street parking garage. Additional free parking is also available in the Bay Street Lot, the Oak Street Park & ride and old fire station lot located at 400 E. Main St.