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Lee & Collier Jobless Rates Fall Below State and Nation

January 20th, 2016

By Casey Logan Unemployment rates for Lee and Collier counties are below the state and national rates, according to the latest figures released Monday. Lee County’s rate in January was 4.7 percent, up from 4.3 percent in December, but down from 5.5 percent a year ago. Collier County’s rate was 4.8 percent in January, up from 4.5 […]

Florida Dominates List of Fastest-Growing Metro Areas

January 14th, 2016

From US Census Bureau Reports The Villages, Fla., a metro area west of the Orlando metro area, was the nation’s fastest-growing metro area for the third year in a row, as its population increased 4.3 percent between 2014 and 2015. It was joined in the top 20 by five others in the Sunshine State: Cape […]

Gov. Scott pushes jobs, tax cuts

January 13th, 2016

By Brendan Farlington Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott gave a State of the State speech on Tuesday that was focused almost entirely on creating jobs and cutting taxes, boasting that Florida has added more than a million jobs since he took office. The Republican urged the Legislature to pass $1 billion in tax […]

Permits reflect Lee County construction boom

January 8th, 2016

Lee County saw another upswing in residential and commercial permit activity last year, but experts question how long the trend will last. In 2015, the county issued 1,202 single-family permits in the unincorporated area, outside of city limits, according to a report by Lee County Community Development. That was an increase of 21 percent over […]

Florida Universities Launch #ThinkFlorida

January 7th, 2016

By Forward Florida When it comes to innovation and economic development, Think Florida. That’s the message behind a new social media marketing campaign, established by the State University System of Florida, launching tomorrow (Jan. 20). During the 14-week program, set to conclude April 22, each of the state’s 12 public universities will develop its own unique content. […]

Lee County Names New Economic Development Director

January 6th, 2016

By Casey Logan The Lee County Economic Development Office will have a new director effective Monday in JohnPatrick Boland. Boland, who moved to Southwest Florida as part of the Hertz headquarters relocation, was cited for his “visionary, global experience … focused on transforming new and growing companies,” according to a press release from the county regarding the hire. Boland was extended […]

Southwest Florida Attracts Manufacturers, Not Just Retirees

October 22nd, 2015

By Michele Nash-Hoff During my recent trip to southwest Florida as the guest of the Lee County Economic Development agency, I learned that in recent years, there has been an increasing number of business owners that have been regularly vacationing in the area who have decided to either move their business or set up a […]

Lee County, Village of Estero Draft Interlocal Agreement

August 5th, 2015

Lee County District 3 Commissioner Larry Kiker and Village of Estero Mayor Nick Batos negotiated a draft interlocal agreement between the county and the village for the transition of services. The draft agreement will be placed on agendas for approval by county commissioners and Village council members. Highlights from the draft agreement include ensured continuity […]

Estero area the top suburban office market in Eastern US

July 30th, 2015

The Estero area — where Hertz is building its new headquarters — is the No. 1 suburban office market in the East, according to a report released Wednesday by corporate relocation consultant The Boyd Co. Boyd also named Estero as the suburban market with the lowest operating costs nationally for a corporate headquarters. That likely played […]

Bonita Springs Estero EDC 2015 Annual Investor Report

June 26th, 2015

CLICK HERE to read the Bonita Springs Estero EDC 2015 Annual Investor Report..