Central Florida's Polk County Tourist Development Council primary objective is to increase overnight stays in Polk County accommodations and enhance the county’s economic climate.

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TDC Board

Tourist Development Council (TDC) Board members must derive a portion of their income, or be employed in a business that deals directly with tourists, has an extensive knowledge of or background in the marketing and/or sales of tourism goods or services. Examples of such businesses would include attractions, restaurants, museums, hospitality education and other businesses, which cater to tourists.

Meeting Dates

Tourist Development Council Members

Melony Bell, Chairman and County Commissioner

Edie Yates, Municipality
Becky Helms, Tourism Industry
Desiree Chasse, Accommodations
Brad Dantzler, Municipality
Shemil Bailey, Accommodations
John Loute, Accommodations
Jackie Johnson, Tourism Industry
Ron Myers, Tourism Industry

TDC Marketing Committee

Tourist Development Council (TDC) Marketing Committee meets six times per year, or as needed, to advise and assist staff in developing the marketing plan, identify and analyze potential target markets, marketing strategies and tactics.

Meeting Dates

Marketing Committee Members

Jackie Johnson, Committee Chair

Chase Shellmeyer, Kanga Marketing
Lora Donley, Dundee Chamber of Commerce
Kathy Barsotti, Holiday Inn Express Lakeland
Desiree Chasse, Holiday Inn & Hampton Inn, Winter Haven
Myrtice Young, Polk County History Center
Nancy Guran, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Richard DeAngelis, Red Door Wine Market
Sandy Bridges, Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum
Meri Mass, Polk Arts Alliance
Katie Worthington, Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
Nikki DeVeronica, Dream Orlando Vacation Rentals

Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee

Tourist Development Council (TDC) Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee meets six times per year, or as needed, to advise and assist staff with arts and culture marketing strategies. This committee will also make recommendations as to the sponsorship of special events that are related to arts and culture.

Meeting Dates

ACH Committee Members

Melony Bell, Chairman and County Commissioner

Brad Dantzler, Vice Chair and Winter Haven City Commissioner & TDC Board Member

Richard DeAngelis, Red Door Wine Market
David Grisham, Peterson and Myers, P.A.
James Malless, Wiley-Malless, LLC & Lakeland City Commissioner
Tina Peak, City of Lake Wales
Robert Puterbaugh, Peterson & Myers, P.A.
Harriet Rust, Davenport Creative Arts and Cultural Alliance
Deanna Rhodes-Tanner, Food Partners, Inc.
Cindy Rodriguez, Polk Arts Alliance
Robert Tate, Florida Southern College
Diana Webster-Biehl, Ramon Theatre
Myrtice Young (non voting member), Polk County History Center

TDC Sports & Special Events Committee

Tourist Development Council (TDC) Sports & Special Events Committee meets six times per year, or as needed, to advise and assist staff with marketing, recruiting and hosting sports and special events. The committee will make recommendations as to the sponsorship of special events.