About the DLP

our mission is simple: to promote and advocate for Downtown Lakeland

You probably know us as “the First Friday” people and maybe the “Food Truck Rally” people. The Downtown Lakeland Partnership is a membership-based organization that draws its strength from a diverse group of businesses and individuals. The common denominator is that we all love Downtown passionately, and we want you to know why this is a great place to shop, dine, work and play.

The variety of experience and viewpoints provide the energy and excitement that keeps Downtown vital.


Downtown Update Meeting – Joint meeting with the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority and various City departments

First Wednesday of the Month (no meeting in October due to the Annual Meeting and sometimes other months are skipped due to holidays).

The location varies.

7:30 AM – Continental breakfast with networking
Meeting – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Location varies, so make sure we have your email address so we may keep you up to date.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
At the Downtown Update meetings you’ll learn about important news and issues affecting Downtown Lakeland. This meeting also provides a forum for expressing ideas and concerns, and networking opportunities with other members, as well as providing a venue for sharing information with Downtown businesses owners, community leaders and other organizations.


Marketing Meeting

Second Wednesday of the Month – 6:15 PM

Held at various locations, the DLP Marketing Committee is a defined group of members who have volunteered to chair an event or other area of need. If you have an interest in taking on a role of responsibility and joining the marketing committee, please contact Ellen Simms at Ellen@downtownlakelandfl.com.


Board of Directors Meeting

Last Wednesday of the Month
Location varies
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Board of Directors are presented with reports from the committee chairs and vote on any actionable items.


Downtown Lakeland Partnership, Inc. Board of Directors 2014-2015

Executive Committee:

President – Lynn Dennis, Florida Southern College
Vice President – Mark Parker, Bella Visage Medical Rejuvenation
Treasurer – Mary Stephenson, Citizens Bank & Trust
Secretary – Margaret Stephens, Brooke Pottery
Director – Terisa Glover, Two Hens & a Hound


Lea Williams, Got Candy & More
Mandy Rivera, Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro
Bretta Christakos, CenterState Bank
Kate Lake, My Office & More



Ellen Simms, Executive Director 863-510-9723, Ellen@DowntownLakelandFL.com

Events Manager 863-529-7706, Events.DLP1@gmail.com