News

Part of our mission is to keep area business people up-to-date with what’s happening in regards to economic development activities and initiatives in the Bonita Springs and Estero region. Below are just some of the highlights of our community’s growth and progress. To submit news to be shared in this e-publication, please email communications@bonitaspringschamber.com or call (239) 333-2332.

Economic Indicators Report (August 2016)

Wisconsin firm to add 300 jobs in Fort Myers (August 2016)

Florida homeowners rank among happiest in the country (August 2016)

Florida aviation leaders to descend on Bonita (July 2016)

Arthrex expanding again in Collier, plans to create 560 jobs (July 2016)

Florida’s 2015 GDP growth ranked third in nation (July 2016)

July 2016 Regional Economic Indicators Report (July 2016)

Naples Senior Living Community to Host Job Fair (July 2016)

Blue Zones Project Invites Local Businesses to Second Annual Worksite Summit (July 2016)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports May Traffic (July 2016)

Florida Launches App to Connect Job Seekers with Employers (June 2016)

Bonita Springs Redevelopment Plans Drawing Interest From Artists, Developers and More (June 2016)

June 2016 EDC eNews (June 2016)

May 2016 Southwest Florida Economic Indicators Report (June 2016)

4th Annual SW FL Regional Symposium Agenda (June 2016)

4th Annual SW FL Regional Symposium (June 2016)

American House Senior Living Hosts Career Fair to Fill 100 New Positions at New Coconut Point Community (June 2016)

Lee County Community Portrait (May 2016)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Invites Public to June Open Board Meeting (May 2016)

Lee County Port Authority Promotes Duncan To Deputy Executive Director – Aviation (May 2016)

April 2016 Southwest Florida Economic Indicators Report (May 2016)

Base Operations At Page Field Voted Among the Best FBOs In the Americas (May 2016)

CEOs give Florida high marks for business climate (May 2016)

Study Shows Strong Housing Market (May 2016)

Simon Joins BSEEDC Board of Directors (April 2016)

Florida Takes Second in the Nation for New Construction Jobs (April 2016)

Southwest Florida International Airport Receives Award for TSA PreCheck Campaign (April 2016)

Lee Health Village Update (April 2016)

Spring Training Games in Florida Reached Record High Per Game Attendance (April 2016)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports Historic Month (April 2016)

EDC Releases First Quarter Report (April 2016)

Village of Estero Opens New Village Hall (April 2016)

Governor Rick Scott Signs Tax Bill (April 2016)

More Americans Flocking to Sun Belt Metro Areas (April 2016)

Lee County, Florida One of the Nation’s Top 20 Fastest Growing Places (April 2016)

March Economic Indicators Report Shows Seven Percent Increase in Taxable Sales (March 2016)

Florida holds 6 spots on US Census’ Fastest Growing Metro Area List (March 2016)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports Increased February Traffic (March 2016)

Fort Myers Chocolatier Wins Pastry Chef of the Year (March 2016)

Arthrex makes Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list (March 2016)

GrowFL Companies to Watch Nominations Open (March 2016)

Nominations Open for the 5th Annual Distinguished Entrepreneur of SWFL (March 2016)

Lee, Collier jobless rates below state and nation (March 2016)

March eNEWS (March 2016)

More Than One Million Jobs and $1 Million in Tax Cuts in Florida (March 2016)

Economic Update Florida Chamber of Commerce (March 2016)

Bright Futures Bill Heads to the Governor’s Desk (March 2016)

Bonita Springs EDC Invites Public to April Open Board Meeting (March 2016)

Technology Partnership Announces Awards Finalists (February 2016)

VenturePitch SWFL Recap (February 2016)

Southwest Florida Economic Indicators Report (February 2016)

Air Traffic Up at RSW (February 2016)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports January Traffic (February 2016)

Lee County Port Authority Announces New Nonstop Service to Nassau, Bahamas (February 2016)

January 2016 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicators Report (February 2016)

Prospective Co-op 6 Employers – video option at showcase (February 2016)

VenturePitch shows dreams do come true (January 2016)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports Record-Breaking December and Year-End Traffic (January 2016)

College to train future pilots (January 2016)

Florida Universities to Launch #ThinkFlorida (January 2016)

Andress Elected Chair of Airport Advisory Committee (January 2016)

Home Listings Jump (January 2016)

A sunny economic outlook for Florida in 2016 (January 2016)

Governor promotes tax cuts in Bonita (January 2016)

Garden Cafe open in Bonita Springs (January 2016)

Choose party affiliation before Tuesday, Feb 16th to vote in March 15th Election (January 2016)

Bonita Springs public workshop focuses on comprehensive plan, city vision (January 2016)

Florida Senate approves water policy changes (January 2016)

Bonita to get downtown library (January 2016)

Gov. Scott pushes jobs, tax cuts (January 2016)

Estero Voices Heard on Downtown Plan (January 2016)

Learn How to Begin a Career in Health Care at Informational Event (January 2016)

Bonita Springs new high school site search narrowed (January 2016)

BSEEDC 2015 4th Quarter Investor Update (January 2016)

Minto Communities named Building Partner of Year by Lee BIA Builders Care (January 2016)

2016 Governor’s Baseball Dinner to be held in Lee County (January 2016)

Lee County Names New Economic Development Director (January 2016)

Florida Chamber Supports Governor Scott’s Call for Tax Cuts and Economic Development Investments (January 2016)

Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicators Report (December 2015)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports November Traffic (December 2015)

RSW Airport Earns J.D. Power Top Ranking (December 2015)

Airport aims to diversify with Skyplex (December 2015)

Report: Execs see economic improvements (December 2015)

Business owners optimistic in Southwest Florida (December 2015)

SWFL’s budding tech scene (December 2015)

Welcome to Fort Millenial (December 2015)

Lee County bubble of ‘economic happiness’ (December 2015)

Bonita Springs Estero EDC Invites Public to January Open Board Meeting (December 2015)

Bonita Springs Estero EDC Endorses Governor Scott’s Proposed Reforms for Enterprise Florida (December 2015)

Lee County hiring prospects strongest in nation (December 2015)

More companies than ever expand & relocate to Lee County, FL (December 2015)

November 2015 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicators Report (November 2015)

FGCU launches student work program (November 2015)

Downtown Fort Myers is experiencing a boost in new development (November 2015)

Millenials’ Transportation and Housing Choices Will Shape the Nation (November 2015)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports October Traffic (November 2015)

Florida added more than 36,000 jobs in October (November 2015)

Mayor Ben Nelson endorses Governor Scott’s proposed reforms for Enterprise Florida (November 2015)

Lee unemployment rate below 5 percent (November 2015)

Florida sets nine-month record for tourism (November 2015)

Without a good transportation network, employees can’t work, employers can’t employ (November 2015)

Glass not a pane to fast-growing Fort Myers business (November 2015)

Southwest Florida Builders optimistic (November 2015)

Gov. Scott Visits Eastern Architectural Systems as Part of “$1 Billion Tax Cut Tour” (November 2015)

Lee County single-family permits rise in October (November 2015)

Entech acquires United Systems (November 2015)

Fort Myers-to-Havana, Cuba, non-stop flight launches (November 2015)

October 2015 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicators Report (October 2015)

Traditional Industries Generate High-tech Spinoffs in Southwest Florida (October 2015)

Ground broken for Phase III of American House in Bonita Springs (October 2015)

Hertz campus green, filled with amenities (October 2015)

Somero breaks ground on headquarters in Lee County (October 2015)

Southwest Florida attract manufacturers, not just retirees (October 2015)

Hertz starts move to Estero (October 2015)

French tech start-ups explore Florida (October 2015)

Bonita gives green light to 108 townhouses (October 2015)

Lee County economy ‘well in recovery’ (October 2015)

SWFL Companies Participating in STEM Summer Residency Program for Teachers (October 2015)

Bonita Springs ranked #1 for Florida cities with the best weather (October 2015)

Cultivating a workforce (October 2015)

Tech job fair to focus on homegrown IT talent (October 2015)

Bonita site eyed for Wawa expansion (October 2015)

RSW now offering non-stop flights to Cancun (October 2015)

Global Tech shines light on Bonita, Estero (October 2015)

Bonita Springs Downtown Improvements Project Update #5 (October 2015)

Lee County makes top ten list of counties where people are moving (October 2015)

Hertz nearing completion of its headquarters in Lee County (October 2015)

Gartner continues to expand its Lee County headquarters (October 2015)

French tech companies show interest in Lee County (October 2015)

September eNews (September 2015)

September 2015 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicators Report (September 2015)

BSEEDC 2015 Annual Investor Report (September 2015)

RSW to offer non-stop flights to Cuba (September 2015)

Bonita Springs Downtown Improvement Project Update #4 (September 2015)

Single-family home prices up in Lee, Collier (September 2015)

A business boom in Bonita (September 2015)

$18.5M project brings promise of downtown to Bonita Springs (September 2015)

FutureMakers champions education (September 2015)

Lee County Tax Collector’s Office offering community education seminars (September 2015)

Algenol to distribute ethanol commercially (September 2015)

Golisano Children’s Hospital reaches construction milestone (September 2015)

Punta Gorda passenger traffic up (September 2015)

Aerospace Manufacturer to expand Lee County operations (September 2015)

Evaluation of the Bonita Springs Comprehensive Plan (September 2015)

Downtown Improvements Project Update (September 2015)

August 2015 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicators Report (August 2015)

Bonita Springs Estero EDC Hosts Annual Meeting at Global Tech LED on October 6th (August 2015)

Economy Improvements, Increased Investments Predicted (August 2015)

Discovery Day Academy opens new center (August 2015)

Bonita has ‘unique advantages’ to win new retailers (August 2015)

Putting Spring in Bonita’s Step (August 2015)

Bonita studies business plan for Old 41 corridor (August 2015)

Construction employment up in Florida (August 2015)

Bonita Springs Downtown Improvements Project – Construction Begins this Month! (August 2015)

August EDC eNews (August 2015)

Proposed plan to support compact walkable development patterns in the Village of Estero (August 2015)

Proposed Changes to the Federal Overtime Rule (August 2015)

Lee County Port Authority Earns State Recognition for Southwest Florida International Airport Website Redesign (August 2015)

Lee’s new libraries to reflect digital age (August 2015)

Expedia Featured Bonita Springs as one of the Most Comfortable Cities (August 2015)

MY Shower Door earns spot on 2015 Inc. 5000 (August 2015)

Bonita downtown improvements beginning (August 2015)

Lee Commission approves WildBlue land use change (August 2015)

Collier building permits up big in June (August 2015)

Lee County, Village of Estero draft interlocal agreement (August 2015)

RSW Named Outstanding Commercial Service Airport (August 2015)

Forbes Magazine ranks Naples, Florida as top U.S. city for future job growth (July 2015)

Jobs up (July 2015)

July 2015 Regional Economic Indicators Report (July 2015)

Estero area the top suburban office market in Eastern US (July 2015)

U.S. Department of Commerce invests to help grow medical manufacturing in Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay (July 2015)

Save the Date: Symposium on Walkable Urban Communities (July 2015)

Construction of the Bonita Springs Downtown Improvement Project set to begin in August (July 2015)

Lee, Collier housing markets stay strong (July 2015)

Hertz CEO: ‘We’re going to war’ to attract customers (July 2015)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports June Traffic (July 2015)

Bonita says OK to Old 41 plan (July 2015)

July EDC eNews (July 2015)

Historic Day for Bonita Springs (July 2015)

WildBlue, proposed new development in Lee County (July 2015)

Hertz: Estero move-in begins in late October (July 2015)

Public Notice- Adding Occupations to our Regional Targeted Occupations List (July 2015)

Lee Memorial reveals plans for Estero campus (July 2015)

Downtown Bonita condos to help redevelopment plans (July 2015)

Neal Communities South Region Design Studio under construction (July 2015)

Estero board hears from two big developments (June 2015)

Bonita Springs and Naples named among top “Summer Affordable Vacation Destinations” by TripAdvisor (June 2015)

Bonita Springs Estero EDC Quarter 2 Investor Update (June 2015)

June 2015 Regional Economic Indicators Report (June 2015)

GrowFL Announces 2015 Florida Companies to Watch Finalists (June 2015)

Naples ranks 11th in U.S. for economic recovery (June 2015)

These 18 Cities Will See the Most Economic Growth Next Year (June 2015)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports May Traffic (June 2015)

Congressman Curt Clawson Honors Florida Company for Export Achievement (June 2015)

LCEC reduces electric rates (June 2015)

Roepstorff Appointed to Airport Advisory Committee (June 2015)

June EDC eNews (June 2015)

Bonita council moves forward with water projects (June 2015)

Global Tech LED expands into India (June 2015)

Arthrex device corrects torn ACLs that once sidelined players permanently (June 2015)

Southwest Florida-based Hertz Corp. has received top vehicle rental honors (June 2015)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Invites Public to July Open Board Meeting (June 2015)

Allegiant Air expands service to SWFL (June 2015)

May 2015 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicator Report (May 2015)

Lee County property values continue to increase (May 2015)

Florida is #2 Best State for Business (May 2015)

May EDC eNews (May 2015)

Florida Repeats As Second Best State for Business (May 2015)

Regional Economic Development Means Working Across County Lines (May 2015)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports April Traffic (May 2015)

Lee County Commission approves $42,000 jobs incentive (May 2015)

Bonita Springs welcomes newest senior living community, offering range of care (May 2015)

House, Senate leaders agree to meet in June for special session (May 2015)

Bonita Springs Area Chamber signs Coalition Supporting S. 280 Federal Permitting Improvement Act (May 2015)

2015 Florida-Korea Summit (May 2015)

Multi industry sign on letter S.280 the Federal Permitting Improvement Act (May 2015)

Estero construction projects quickly moving forward (May 2015)

Focus needs to remain on economic bridges, not borders (April 2015)

SW Fla. mayors: We’ve got plenty to offer the world (April 2015)

April 2015 Regional Economic Indicator Report (April 2015)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports March Traffic (April 2015)

Unemployment Falls Again in Lee and Collier Counties (April 2015)

Florida is the 7th Largest Exporter of State-Origin Products (April 2015)

Bonita Springs Estero EDC Quarter 1 Investor Update (April 2015)

Lee County Among Best in Job Creation (April 2015)

Algenol Biofuels will join U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on Business Development Mission to China (March 2015)

Honda Dealership Gears Up for Construction (March 2015)

Southwest International Airport Reports February Traffic (March 2015)

February 2015 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicator Report (February 2015)

Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance UPDATE (February 2015)

Bonita City Council Wins People of the Year Award (February 2015)

Bonita’s Chamber and EDC Announce Launch of Bonita Springs High School Website & Petition (February 2015)

Lee County Labor Market Index (February 2015)

Fort Myers Institute of Technology Open House (February 2015)

Downtown Bonita Springs Improvement Project (February 2015)

SWFL Sustainability Summit (February 2015)

Tourist Development Council Report to the Industry (February 2015)

Tourism Industry Seeks Spot on Global Stage (February 2015)

Nonstop Flights from Southwest Florida International (February 2015)

January 2015 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicator Report (January 2015)

Candidate Forums for Village of Estero Council (January 2015)

Update on Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (January 2015)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports December Traffic (January 2015)

BSEEDC 4th Quarter 2014 Investor Report now available (January 2015)

Florida Becoming an Economic Powerhouse (January 2015)

Why Florida is the Fifth Best State for Entrepreneurs (January 2015)

December 2014 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicator Report (December 2014)

Florida Surpasses New York in Population (December 2014)

Retailers, Eateries Join Coconut Point (December 2014)

Lee County Labor Market Projects Hottest In U.S (December 2014)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports November Traffic (December 2014)

Bonita Springs Estero EDC Recognizes City of Bonita Springs Community Development Department with Achievement Award (December 2014)

Hodges Designated as a 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College (December 2014)

Florida: Economic Surge More than Tourism (December 2014)

2014 November Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicator Report (December 2014)

November 2014 Bonita Springs Estero EDC eNews (November 2014)

CareerSource Southwest Florida Announces the Launch of an Online Regional Business Workforce Guide (November 2014)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports October Traffic (November 2014)

New Nonstop Fort Myers-San Juan Service Announced (November 2014)

EnviroStruct, LLC, Begins Construction on multiple projects including Herc Headquarters, Hires New CFO and Completes McGregor Veterinary Clinic (November 2014)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Invites Public to December Open Board Meeting (November 2014)

Algenol Named #3 Global and #1 American Company Among Biofuels Digest’s 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy (November 2014)

Hertz Equipment Rental Company Finalized Lease at The Riverview Corporate Center (November 2014)

October 2014 Bonita Springs Estero EDC eNews (October 2014)

October 2014 Southwest Florida Economic Indicator Report (October 2014)

FORUM: City of Bonita Springs Land Development Code (LDC) Chapter 6, Sign Code Changes (October 30th from 9:00-10:30 p.m.)

Shaw Development LLC Completes Acquisition of aerox® – Aviation Oxygen Systems (October 2014)

Florida Named One of the Best States for Business (October 2014)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports September Traffic (October 2014)

Bonita Springs EDC Announces 2014-2015 Officers & New Board Members (October 2014)

Shaw Development Expands in Bonita Springs (October 2014)

Invest in Local Foods to Help Build the Economy (October 2014)

Why is Florida the Right Choice for Business? Florida Trend has Six Reasons (October 2014)

Lee County VCB Publishes Latest Tourism Statistics (October 2014)

Bonita Springs Estero EDC 2014 Annual Investor Report (October 2014)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Held Annual Meeting at Shaw Development on October 7th (October 2014)

September 2014 Bonita Estero EDC eNews (September 2014)

Florida SouthWestern State College Hosting Job Fair (September 2014)

Save the Date – 2014 Public-Private Sector Summit December 15-16 (September 2014)

September 2014 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicator Report (September 2014)

Bright Ski Season Ahead: Montage Mountain Installs Energy Efficient LED Trail Lighting (September 2014)

Price of Sistrunk lighting fix drops (September 2014)

Atilus Bonita Estero Web Design (September 2014)

Global Tech LED News (September 2014)

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Lee County Tax Collector Office in Bonita Springs (September 2014)

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Slates Candidate Forum for Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District – Seats 1 and 3 (September 2014)

Gov. Scott: Florida Creates 23,000 Private-Sector Jobs in August (September 2014)

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports August Traffic (September 2014)

Lee County Named Ford Next Generation Learning Community (September 2014)

Lindsford’s Gated Community in Fort Myers Offers Convenient Access to Work and Play (September 2014)

Camuto Group Hiring for Credit & Collections Department, Applicants Invited to Attend Job Fair Hosted By Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council (September 2014)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Hosts Annual Meeting at Shaw Development on October 7th (September 2014)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Hosts Job Fair for Relocating Camuto Group (September 2014)

Ted Todd Insurance Agency Welcomes Michelle Kiser to Its Customer Service Team in Bonita Springs (September 2014)

Bonita Springs City Council Approves Budget (September 2014)

Bonita Springs Sign Code Amendments (September 2014)

August 2014 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicator Report Final (September 2014)

August 2014 Bonita Estero EDC eNews (August 2014)

Bonita Springs Estero EDC Invites Public to September 17th Open Board Meeting (August 2014)

Why move to Florida? $200,000 in tax savings – that’s why (August 2014)

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud and Scams Presentation (August 2014)

Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications at Hertz, Richard Broome, speaks at 2014 Bonita Chamber Board of Directors Retreat (August 2014)

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Sign Ordinance Forum on September 4th (August 2014)

July Home Prices In Naples Rise 16 Percent (August 2014)

Bonita Springs Tax Office Relocates (August 2014)

RSW Passenger Count Up 6.1 Percent in July (August 2014)

Ningbo Engagement Letter (August 2014)

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Position Paper on PD&E Study of Bonita Beach Road and U.S. 41 Intersection (August 2014)

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Calls for Reinstatement of U.S. 41 and Bonita Beach Road Study, Official Position Paper Released (August 2014)

Allegiant Plans New Nonstop Routes to Florida (August 2014)

Florida Department of Transportation Recognizes RSW (August 2014)

Five of the Top Housing Markets for Chief Executives are in Florida (August 2014)

Florida Named 6th Fastest Growing Economy in U.S. (August 2014)

Lee County International Trade Solutions Seminar (August 2014)

Institute of Management Accountants of SWFL Event Partnering with Reliabilityweb.com (August 2014)

EnviroStruct 2nd Quarter Newsletter (August 2014)

U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Orlando Seminar (August 2014)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Miami Seminar (August 2014)

July 2014 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicator Report (August 2014)

July 2014 Bonita Estero EDC eNews (July 2014)

Traffic Up In June at RSW (July 2014)

Traffic Up In June at RSW (July 2014)

Lee County EDO Targets Four Industries for Jobs (July 2014)

VIDEO: Bonita Springs Estero EDC Executive Director Introduces Governor Rick Scott at Shaw Development in Bonita Springs (July 2014)

VIDEO: CEO of Shaw Development Speaks on Company Success (July 2014)

President & CEO of Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Comments on Young Professionals Group (July 2014)

1st Half 2014 BSEEDC Marketing and Communications Report (July 2014)

Passenger Traffic at RSW was Up in May Vs. Last Year (July 2014)

June 2014 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicator Report (July 2014)

June 2014 Bonita Estero EDC eNews (June 2014)

Business FGCU iHub (June 2014) – Florida Gulf Coast University iHub receives grant from Gov. Rick Scott; scheduled to open 2015

Cell Phone Lot Relocated at Southwest Florida International Airport (June 2014) – Cell Phone Lot at Southwest Florida International Airport will move to Airport Plaza in the center median of the airport entrance road beginning June 16th.

Student Assignment and Special Programs – School District of Lee County VIDEO (June 2014)

Florida’s Research Universities Tops Noted Research Triangle for Patent Awards (June 2014) – University of South Florida, University of Florida and University of Central Florida collectively were granted more patents in 2014 and combined to be more of an innovative powerhouse than either the distinguished Research Triangle in North Carolina or the Texas university system. The numbers and ranking were compiled by National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association.

New nonstop Fort Myers – Washington Reagan National Service Announced (June 2014) – JetBlue Airways creates two new nonstop routes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Fort Myers (RSW) and West Palm Beach (PBI) in Florida launching in December 18, 2014 and operate during the winter season.

Bonita Springs Estero EDC Assists EnviroStruct LLC to Receive Waived Impact Fees for New Bonita Springs Office (June 2014) – EnviroStruct LLC move into new offices saving 51% in impact fees with the assistance of the Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council (BSEEDC).

Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicators (June 2014)

May 2014 Bonita Estero EDC eNews (May 2014)

Florida Ranks #2 Best State for Business (May 2014) – Recent study from ChiefExecutive.net survey asked 500 CEOs their views of the best and worst states for business.

Florida Logistics and Trade Conference May 15-16, Miami, FL (May 2014) – The second annual forum of discussion and networking designed to bring together industry stakeholders and leaders from all modes of transportation, academia, government, and economic development to discuss the state of logistics as a sector in Florida.

Florida World Trade Month (May 2014)

Bonita Springs Implements a “One Stop Shop” Permitting Process (April 2014) – The City of Bonita Springs has worked diligently with municipal departments to develop a singular office for permits. Applicants can submit building permits and land use applications to initiate the review process, ask questions, and gain the necessary information to successfully complete the application process in a timely and efficient manner.

Florida Businesses Created 20,900 Jobs in March (April 2014) – Florida’s private sector created 20,900 jobs over the month in March 2014. Since December 2010, Florida has added 563,900 private sector jobs.

Village of Estero Referendum Approved by House (April 2014) – The state House passed Estero’s incorporation bill with a vote of 115-3. The measure would place an Estero incorporation referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot after it is passed by the Senate and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

FGCU Test Center Gains National Certification (April 2014) – The Testing Center at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) was recently awarded Test Center certification by the National College Testing Association (NCTA), an organization whose membership numbers more than 2,000 testing professionals from 615 colleges and universities.

Bonita Springs Ranked #2: Top 16 Small Cities in Florida (April 2014)

Discovery Day Academy Announces Plans for New 21st Century Primary School (April 2014) – Discovery Day Academy, located in Bonita Springs, has announced plans for a new campus, expected to open August 2015. The 21st century primary school will be inclusive of children preschool through 5th grade, with future growth planned through 8th grade.

Strong Hiring Seen in SW Florida (April 2014)

BSEEDC April eNEWS (April 2014)

Quartlery Investor Newsletter: Q1 2014 (April 2014)

Bonita Springs Listed in Forbes Magazine’s 25 Great Places to Follow Your Passions in Retirement (April 2014)

March 2014 Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicator Report (April 2014)

Florida: The Turnaround Story (April 2014)

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Dish Depot to Bonita Springs with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (April 2014)

Culver’s Restaurant Opens in Estero (March 2014)

Bonita Bay Executive Center by CRE: Before and After (March 2014)

Airport Traffic Report: RSW Has Busiest February Ever (March 2014)

SWFL International Airport Reports February Traffic (March 2014)

CSFI Alert: President signs flood insurance bill into law (March 2014)

Hertz from Park Ridge, N.J., to Estero, FL. Southwest FL emerging as a destination for these types of head office consolidations (March 2014)

Florida Research Parks Key to Economic Growth, Business Development (March 2014) – According to the current Florida TaxWatch the Florida state university’s nine research parks play a key role in the state’s economy.

Common Core Toolkit: Courtesy of the U.S. Chamber (March 2014) – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation developed and recently launched www.BusinessForCore.org. This site is a one-stop hub for business leaders interested in Common Core.

Big Plans: Bonita Springs to Annex Weeks Fish Camp Marina (March 2014) –Bonita Springs City Council unanimously approved an annexation agreement with Donovan LLC, Estero Bay Marine LLC and Sugar Mountain Development LLC to annex the former Weeks Fish Camp marina into the city.

March Letter from the Chairman: Bonita Springs Estero EDC (March 2014)

Florida No. 18 for Corporate Subsidies (February 2014) – Florida ranked 18th among the states in the amount of economic development subsidies awarded to companies relocating or expanding operations.

Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicators (February 2014)

Discovery Day Academy’s Garcia and Cardenas Attend P21 Summit in Washington DC (February 2014) – P21 Summit on 21st Century Learning brought together experts in the field of 21st century learning to explore and celebrate exemplars of 21st century learning practices, and a call to action to make achieving 21st century learning a priority for all students.

Florida AP Scores Show Stuents Making the Grade (February 2014) – New data from the College Board shows that Florida has made significant progress with the Advanced Placement (AP) Program.

Krise Appointed to Airport Advisory Committee (February 2014)

Lee Memorial, Healthpark named among America’s 50 Best Hospitals (February 2014) – An online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals ranked Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center among top 50 best hospitals.

Governor Rick Scott Urges Obama to Delay Flood Insurance Hikes (February 2014)

Survey: Improving Business Climate in Lee County (February 2014)

Top 10 States for Distribution Center Announcements (February 2014)

Bonita Springs Estero EDC to Host Free Community Meet-and-Greet Receptions (February 2014)

Florida Standards will Prepare State’s Future Workforce (February 2014)

Estero Makes Best Cities for Homeownership in Florida List

Southwest Florida International Airport Reports January Traffic (February 2014)

Bonita Springs Estero EDC Launches Website Content Overhaul (February 2014)

“When Florida Grows, Families are More Successful” (February 2014)

LETTER FROM: Bonita Springs Estero EDC Chairman of the Board, Vince Modarelli – February 2014 (February 2014)

Governor Rick Scott’s “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” (February 2014)

BSEEDC Investor Newsletter (January 2014)

Average Sales Price Climbs as Inventory Decreases in Bonita Springs-Estero (January 2014)

Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicators (January 2014)

Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club Wins Best Community in Florida (January 2014)

January 2014 Regional Economic Indicator Report (January 2014)

Final Response to White House Statement of Policy on NFIP (January 2014)

Shear Unity Salon and Spa in Bonita Receives Award from Salon Today as one of Top 200 Fastest Growing Salons (January 2014)

Bonita Takes First Steps on Landscape Improvement (January 2014) – Bonita Springs city council recently got its first briefing from landscape architect and contractor Chris Busk, who’s been hired to beautify city roadways.

2014 Governors Business Innovators Award Ceremony (January 2014)

Turner/Hertz Timeline of Bid Packages (January 2014)

Kiker Elected Chair of Airport Board (January 2014) – The Lee County Board of Port Commissioners elected Larry Kiker as chair for 2014 during its first meeting.

Exclusive Video Footage: Bonita Springs City Council Candidate Forum (January 2014)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council January eNEWS (January 2014)

Video: Bonita Springs City Council Candidate Forum (January 2014)

Southwest Florida International Airport’s New Fire Station Earns LEED Gold Certification (January 2014)

Golf Center Grand Opening Fundraises for Children’s Hospital (January 2014) – Alico Family Golf is hosting its grand opening celebration Saturday, January 11. The money will go to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

New Director for Lee County Economic Development Office (January 2014)

Lee County Building Activity Shines in 2013 (January 2014) – Contractors last year pulled 860 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at nearly $195 million in unincorporated Lee County.

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council December eNEWS (December 2013)

Southwest Florida Regional Economic Indicators December 2013 (December 2013)

Tax Incremement Financing Agreement Between City of Bonita Springs and Lee County (Quote from Mayor Ben Nelson) (December 2013)

Water Bill Prepares for Florida’s Growing Population (December 2013) – Florida Chamber voiced its support for SB 312 bill that encourages public-private partnerships for water storage as Florida will soon pass New York to become the third largest state in the nation and six million new residents will call Florida home by 2030.

Florida’s Manufacturing Industry: OPEN FOR BUSINESS (December 2013)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Update – December (December 2013)

Bonita Springs Estero EDC Board of Directors Welcomes Joseph Bernard, COO at Physicians Regional Healthcare System (December 2013)

Hertz Eyes Expansion (December 2013)

Florida’s 2014 Business Opportunity Guide from the publisher of Florida Trend (December 2013)

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan 2012-2017 (December 2013)

Bonita Springs Estero EDC – December Letter from The Chairman of the Board (December 2013)

‘Old Florida’ Community Removed from Village of Estero Map (November 2013)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council eNEWS – November (November 2013)

Building a Thriving Organization: New Organization Seeking Support for High Growth Entrepreneurship (November 2013)

It’s Growing in Florida (November 2013)

Basketball Tournament to Generate Nearly $750,000 (November 2013)

Bonita Springs Elections Office Relocates (November 2013)

Bond Recognized In Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” (November 2013)

Bonita Springs City Council Approves Task Force (November 2013)

Florida Chamber Past Chair Marshall Criser, III Selected to Lead Florida’s University System (November 2013)

Henderson Franklin Receives Top Tier Honors in 2014 ‘Best Law Firm’ List (November 2013)

Florida’s Tax Climate: Perfect for Business – The Florida Scorecard (November 2013)

Local Web Development Company Partners with John R. Wood to Create Extensive Market Analysis Tool (November 2013)

Florida Trend’s Lee County Business Portrait – Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Sanibel (November 2013)

Broadband Comprehensive Plan Release (November 2013)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Touts New Business Moving in (October 2013)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Three Year Strategic Plan (October 2013)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council 2013 Year in Review (October 2013)

Bonita Springs News (October 2013) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Council of 100 partnered on advertisement that appeared in several newspapers throughout the state.

Intro to Algenol Video (October 2013)

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Update (October 2013) – Vince Modarelli has been named the new Chairman of the Board.

Governor Rick Scott Announces Path Forward for High Education Standards & Decision to Withdraw from PARCC (October 2013) – Governor Scott sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, announcing the state’s decision to withdraw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), as well as announcing policy improvements at Governor’s Education Summit.

Southwest Florida International Airport Secures Funding for New Air Traffic Control Tower Project (September 2013) – The Lee County Port Authority (LCPA) has secured nearly $45 million in funding to begin design and construction of the new Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) project at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).

Authority Recognized for Maintenance Efforts (August 2013) – Facility Maintenance Decisions magazine has honored the Lee County Port Authority (LCPA), operator of Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), with a Financial Management Award in its 2013 Achievement Awards.

Locally Owned & Operated Company in the Running to Be Named “Top 25 Companies in the State of Florida to Watch” (August 2013) – MY Shower Door has been chosen by the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (“GrowFL”) to be a finalist in the running for the chance to be named a “Top 25 Company in the State of Florida to Watch”.

Ted Todd Insurance Agency Installs New Telephone Technology for Better Customer Service (August 2013)

Gov. Scott Announces Florida Tourism on Pace for Third Consecutive Record Year (August 2013) – Florida’s tourism from April-June of 2013 has increased 26 percent over the same period in 2012.

Fair in Fort Myers: Looking to Fill More than 400 Positions (July 2013) – One of Southwest Florida’s newest additions, Alta Resources, which provides customer-related outsourcing solutions for global brands, many of them Fortune 100 companies, is creating more than 400 jobs at its Fort Myers location.

Gov. Scott: Florida’s Unemployment Rate Remains Below the National Average for the Fourth Consecutive Month (July 2013) – Florida created more jobs and the statewide unemployment rate of 7.1 percent has remained below the national average of 7.6 percent.

$70 Million Terraces at Bonita Springs Begins Move-In Process (July 2013) – The Terraces at Bonita Springs, a new senior living community, has opened for residents.

Barefoot Beach of Bonita Springs Named One of Top Seven Beaches in U.S. (June 2013)

Florida’s best beaches? Here’s the all-time top 10 (May 2013) – All-time favorites” list compiled from Dr. Beach’s past No. 1 beaches in Florida.

Decorating Den Interiors Named Top Region in U.S. (May 2013) – Decorating Den Interior announced that the Florida region managed by Bonita Springs designers Judy Underwood and Cliff Welles have been named the #1 sales team for 2012 at the 42nd annual International Conference and Suppliers’ Market held in Memphis, TN.

Florida #2 for business in the nation (May 2013) – Chief Executive Magazine announced that Florida is the #2 state in the nation to do business. The magazine survey asked 730 CEOs to rank the best states for business based on a wide range of criteria, from taxation and regulation to workforce quality and living environment.

Newest Generation of Senior Living Communities Nears Opening (April 2013) – The final stages of construction are underway on The Terraces at Bonita Springs.

Commissioner Kiker talks impact fees at ECCL (March 2013) – Former Fort Myers Beach mayor, Larry Kiker, faced a room full of Estero leaders doggedly pushing to keep impact fees intact.