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Lakeland Public Works Director Rick Lilyquist leaving for Osceola County

The slate of major transportation projects within reasonable commuting distance provided the temptation for Rick Lilyquist to leave Lakeland after 17 years as its public works director for a new opportunity, he said.

“Osceola County is well positioned to experience significant economic development activity in the upcoming years,” Lilyquist wrote in his Oct. 2 letter of resignation. “The associated challenges of growth created by such development present professional opportunities that I look forward to with anticipation.” His last day was Saturday.

Most of Osceola's population lives in the dense northern section in the Orlando metropolitan area, but the county has large suburban and rural areas, providing a complex landscape to prepare for expected growth in the county, Lilyquist told The Ledger.