Wed, Oct 19, 9:30am
RIBBON-CUTTING for Bartow Lock and Safe, Inc.
1620 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow
Fri, Oct 21, 6pm
Bartow 'Tow Jam
Central and Main Downtown Bartow, Inc.
Mon, Oct 24, 9:30am
RIBBON-CUTTING for COMMUNITY CAFE
(located inside Community First Credit Union)
1790 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow
Thu, Oct 27, 4pm
Crickette Club Parade and Carnival
Parade begins at Country Chicken and Fish
Wed, Nov 2, 9:30am
LOWE'S BOARD CUTTING and GRAND OPENING
at their new location on Van Fleet Drive
Thu, Nov 3, 9:30am
RIBBON-CUTTING AND GRAND OPENING for FASHION BUG OF BARTOW
at their new location on Van Fleet Drive
Tue, Nov 8, 9:30am
RIBBON-CUTTING for JMI Flooring
115 1st Avenue North, Bartow
Tue, Nov 15, 9:30am
RIBBON-CUTTING for DOMINO'S PIZZA (new owners)
1026 North Broadway Ave., Bartow
Wed, Nov 16, 10:30am to 1pm
SPAGHETTI DINNER, $5
at Bartow Civic Center, sponsored by the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce and the City of Bartow
Thu, Nov 17, serving line opens at 7:45am
TEACHER OF THE YEAR BREAKFAST
at Bartow Civic Center, sponsored by BARTOW COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION and the City of Bartow
Sat, Nov 19, all day, 10am to 10pm
MAGIC ON MAIN
Unveiling of new renovations of Downtown Bartow.
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 God Bless America 
elcome to Bartow, Florida, a friendly, southern community which has preserved much of its rich history and heritage. Visit Historic downtown Bartow, the home of the Polk County Historical Museum and the Historical & Genealogical Library.

    Relive Bartow's history and visit several homes on the National Registry of Historic Places, take a tour click here.

    Not only does Bartow reflect the past, but it is a catalyst for the future. The County Seat of Imperial Polk County, Bartow is the home of most county government offices, the county courthouse, and the District One Headquarters for the Florida Department of Transportation. Look through our Community Profile for more information.

    Whether you're in town for business or pleasure, Bartow welcomes you. Please browse this site to better familiarize yourself with all that we have to offer.

    The Mission of the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce is to promote business and economic development for the benefit of our community. We work very closely with the Central Florida Development Council to promote economic development within the greater Bartow area.

City Manager Joe Delegge To Give Report On Bartow: State of the City

    This year City Manager Joe DeLegge, thankfully so far, will not have to describe hurricane recovery updates at his State of the City address on Thursday, October 20, 2005. He will, however, give a report on new development in Bartow at the luncheon sponsored by Citrus & Chemical Bank.

    The serving line opens at 11:45 a.m. with the program beginning promptly at noon.

    For over a decade, DeLegge has held the City Manager’s position. Graduating from Santa Fe High School in 1964, he got his Bachelors at the University of South Florida. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years. After spending nine years as Department Manager at Sears, Roebuck & Co., and two years as a sales representative for Curtis 1000, he worked for the City of Bartow from 1981 until 1983 as Assistant Auditor and Clerk, and from 1983-1989 as Director of Administrative Services.

    DeLegge left Bartow in 1989 to become City Manager in Madison, Florida, and returned to Bartow in August 1993 as Bartow’s City Manager.

    He served on the State of Florida Community Development Block Grant Advisory Council and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Madison Hospital Board.

    DeLegge is a member of the International City Managers’ Association, the Florida City and County Managers Association and past president of the Madison and Bartow Lions Club. Committees and organizations he serves include: Bartow Lions Club; Fourth of July Committee; Leadership Bartow Steering Committee; Youth Villa Golf Classic Committee; Committee of 100; Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Foundation; Chairman, Polk County Library Cooperative Governing Board; Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Florida Municipal Power Agency.

    Tickets are $7 and may be purchased from the City of Bartow or from the Bartow Chamber. To reserve your tickets, or for more information on this or other Chamber events, please call 863-533-7125.

Thank You to all the sponsors and contributors from the Chamber Golf Scramble held October 14th.

Presenting Sponsor Mosaic

Silver Sponsors
American Communications, Inc.
AMJ Engineered Solutions
Bartow Ford Company
Bartow Chevrolet Company
Digital Office Solutions
Kemiron, Inc.
Michael Holley Pontiac Buick GMC Dealer
Mid-State Machine & Fabricating Corp.
Pickett & Associates, Inc.
Progress Energy
SEMCO Construction, Inc.
S.R. Wright & Co., P.A.
Tampa Electric Company
VerizonWireless
Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Inc.

Contributors
Apple Seeds
Bartow Golf Course
Bernie Little Distributors
Catering by Chef Terrie
Clark/Nikdel/Powell
County Seat Cafe Catering
Glenn Broom Agency, All State Insurance
GLT Office Plus Business Center
Lake Wales Country Club
Logoland
Marsha Tidwell Insurance
Peace River Country Club
Pest Defense / Home Tech Systems, Inc.
R&R; Golf of Lakeland
SEMCO Construction, Inc.
State Farm Insurance, Leo Longworth Agent
Till Office Equipment, Inc.
Tom Edwards Chrysler-Dodge, Inc.

Gold Sponsors
Citrus & Chemical Bank
Clear Springs Land Company, LLC

Bronze Sponsors
Bartow Regional Medical Center
Community National Bank
Employment Resource Specialists, Inc.
H&H; Concrete Pumping, Inc.
JMI Flooring
KCCS, Inc.
Premier Home Mortgage Services, Inc.
Wal-Mart
Wise Insurance Services

Beverage Sponsors
Bartow Animal Clinic
Boswell & Dunlap LLP
Edgen Carbon Products Group, LLC
K-T Pharmacy, Inc.
Stidham & Stidham, P.A.

2005 Planning Committee
Shane Locke, Chairman, SEMCO Construction
Andy Anderson
Darrell Coffey
Keith Hall, Clear Springs Land Co., LLC
Mary Ann Harrell, Mosaic
Mark Hopkins, Bartow Golf Course
Glenn Leewright, Mid-State Machine & Fab.
Freda Ridgway, Mosaic
Anita Stasiak, Citrus & Chemical Bank
Esther Summers
Don Walters
Roberta Wise, Citrus & Chemical Bank



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510 North Broadway Avenue
Bartow, Florida 33830-3918
phone: 863-533-7125
fax: 863-533-3793
email: discoverbartow@bartowchamber.com



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