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Population growth helping state economy recover

WINTER HAVEN — Florida’s unemployment rate and job growth are outpacing their national counterparts, while the U.S. economy continues to recover at a faster clip than the rest of the world.

Those were among the topics of conversation at the 13th Annual East Polk Economic Summit. The event took place Wednesday morning at Polk State College’s Winter Haven campus and was highlighted by presentations from a pair of speakers.

Allen Sukholitsky is a vice president and senior market strategist with Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York, and his presentation focused on the U.S. economy. Sean Snaith is the director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness, and his remarks centered on Central Florida and the state as a whole.

“Both presenters did a great job,” said Suzie Moraco, a certified financial planner and associate vice president for Morgan Stanley’s Winter Haven branch, one of the event’s sponsors. The summit was also sponsored by Polk State College, the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, the Winter Haven Economic Development Council, and Six/Ten LLC in Winter Haven. “I think they were both very reassuring that our national and local economies are on steady footing.”

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