USF Polytechnic Targeting High Tech
Polk County wants an identity change. Its economy has traditionally been based on agriculture, phosphate and industries like warehousing and distribution. But in recent years, there has been a push to attract high-tech, higher wage jobs. Now - in a coup for economic development officials - a new, autonomous USF campus will be built in Polk and the name has been changed from USF-Lakeland to USF Polytechnic. The name signals a shift toward technology, research and development - both for the campus, and community leaders hope, for the area in general.

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