In an economy where most everything seems to be struggling, Central Florida is booming. Before we know it, construction will begin on Legoland in Winter Haven and Bartow is happy to welcome the new Metromont Concrete manufacturing plans. In addition, and probably some of the most exciting news for Central Florida, the University of South Florida Polytechnic has broken ground on their new campus, which is located at the eastern intersection of the I-4 and the Polk Parkway in North Lakeland.

Projected to open in late summer 2012, the new campus is a tremendous addition to the area. USFP chose this specific location because it is situated along Florida’s High Tech Corridor. The I-4, which connects Tampa and Orlando, is one of the state’s main transportation and tourist routes, increasing visibility for the university while also raising the profile of the region as a technology incubator.

North Lakeland, FL will now be a technology hub in Florida. The higher education institution will offer the state-of-the-art facilities required for the applied learning and research activities that are characteristic of a polytechnic university. In regards to the local economy, the new campus will create jobs in the area as well as increase the educational standards. It will also attract new residents.

Whether a student at the new facility or an employee, Highland Homes has five new home communities in Lakeland. BridgeWater and Stonewood are located just off of I-4. Towne Park and Oakford Estates, two of the home builder’s best selling communities, are conveniently situated right off the Polk Parkway. Lastly, Winchester Estates is nestled in North Lakeland. These five communities offer Lakeland new homes priced from the $120’s with a variety of options, from living in a golf community to waterfront homesites. When relocating to Lakeland, make Highland Homes your first choice for a new home.