The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to attend a networking lunch series called Good Day, Lakeland! This event will feature relevant topics such as government, healthcare, education, diversity, tourism, economic development, and transportation. Come to network with your fellow investors, hear from experts on the topics that affect your business, and enjoy a delicious lunch.
The topic for February is State of the City/County.
Panelists include: Lakeland's City Manager, Tony Delgado; City of Lakeland Mayor Pro Tem, Scott Franklin; County Manager, Bill Beasley; and Board of County Commissioners Chairman, Bill Braswell.
Tony Delgado accepted the role of City Manager on January 4, 2016. He began work with the City of Lakeland in January 1997 as Assistant Director for the RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center) and went on to become the Assistant City Manager in November 2000. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks & Community/Commercial Recreation from Southern Illinois University.
Scott is the President and CEO of Lanier Upshaw, Inc., a regional insurance and risk management agency based in Lakeland. He is a retired Naval Aviator, having served on active duty for 14 years and 12 in the reserves. A Lakeland High School alum, Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has served and continues to be active in many civic and not-for-profit organizations. Scott is married to Amy Wood Franklin and they have three adult children: Amanda, Will, and Sarah.
Bill Beasley began serving as County Manager in August 2019. Prior to that, Bill was the Deputy County Manager of the Infrastructure Group, a position he held for 13 years. Outside of his tenure with Polk County, he served in various engineering and administrative capacities with the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation, the U.S. Department of Navy, and local government in the Charlotte Metropolitan Region in North Carolina. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s in Engineering Administration from the George Washington University. He and his wife (Cynthia) have three children and three young grandchildren.
Polk County Commissioner Bill Braswell is the current Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. He is a 22-year veteran of the United States Air Force and currently farms blueberries in Polk County. He understands the significance of urbanization of agricultural lands as Polk continues to grow, and the need for a balanced approach to planning and development. Commissioner Braswell believes a business-friendly environment is essential for the county’s continued success. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from the University of Florida. He and his wife (Cathy) have one son and one granddaughter.