The Lake County Development Council works to enhance the quality of life in Lake County across diverse sectors. The Council provides a forum for the interchange of ideas on county issues to develop long- and short-term solutions to issues facing the county. The Council keeps the community apprised of these issues, and brings together the appropriate people and organizations to address them.
The Alliance for Working Together was started to address issues, challenges and best practices related to the manufacturing industry in Lake County. Recognizing the development of a skilled workforce as one of the most important issues, AWT decided to work to develop a degree program that would meet the needs of the manufacturers and partnered with Lakeland Community College to develop an Associate of Applied Science degree in Manufacturing. Students not only learn the skills necessary to succeed in a manufacturing career, but they also have the opportunity to build relationships with AWT member companies to apply their knowledge in a practical setting.