The DLP is a member based organization that advocates for and promotes Downtown Lakeland. We do this by hosting events, connecting with the community through social media, and providing a platform of fun! We believe that when Downtown thrives, everyone benefits: businesses grow and property values increase. After all, who doesn’t like to “live, work, eat, shop, and play” in beautiful, historic, and trendy Downtown??

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.

25 Free Community Events

The DLP hosts every a variety of events every year building a feeling of “community” and showing off our fantastic Downtown. This encourages people to use business in downtown, start their own business in Downtown, or invest in Downtown real estate.


General Membership Meeting – Member Spotlight

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

The location varies so we can show off as many of our members as possible.

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 General Meetings you’ll learn about important news affecting Downtown Lakeland, DLP activities, and we’ll spotlight on of the DLP’s members.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 – 8:30 am Mitchell’s Coffee Shop (backroom)

Held at various locations in Downtown, the 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


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 2017-2018

Executive Committee:

President – Mark Parker, Bella Visage
Vice President – Margaret Stephens, Brooke Pottery
Treasurer – Bretta Christakos, CenterState Bank
Secretary – Heidi Campbell – The Stationery Loft

Executive Director: Lori Long

Kate Lake, My Office & More
Kevin Rios,  Just Dance
Steven Wagner, Citizens Bank & Trust
Stephanie Donn – Broadway Real Estate Services
Chuck McDanal – LkldTV
Ashlee Wright – New Beginnings High School
Jared Weggeland – Focus Homes