DOWNTOWN: City Commissioner Justin Troller questioned LDDA Director Julie Townsend about whether her agency still serves its original purpose at Monday’s commission meeting. He proposed that downtown property owners vote to determine whether they still want to be taxed to fund the agency, reports new City Hall reporter Kimberly C. Moore, a veteran journalist who grew up in Lakeland. (Too bad some copy editor’s print headline reads, “Commission questions LDDA’s function.” It was just one commissioner. Big difference.)
EXPANSION: International Game Technology, which prints lottery tickets, will be able to expand its workforce of 250 by 20 percent in the next four years as the result of a $15 million, 45,000-square-foot addition near I-4 that was dedicated Tuesday.
INCENTIVES: An unnamed pharmaceutical company thinking about moving into a Lakeland facility will be eligible for $450,000 in state, county and city incentives as a result of City Commission and County Commission action this week.
SCHOOL BOARD: LaTrice Moore, a 38-year-old business professor at Polk State College who lives in Mulberry, is running for the Polk School Board seat being vacated by Hazel Sellers. Other declared candidates for the seat include Sarah Fortney, Scott Jones and Kala Ivy Tedder.
COMEDY: Swan City Improv performs the first Friday night of every month at LkldLive, a downtown performance venue.