Nominations are now being accepted for the Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Board of Directors. We would love to have your participation! You may either self-nominate or select someone from your organization, and this opportunity is only open to BSEEDC investors. Terms are three years and include monthly board meetings.
Please email meherefor an application. The nomination period will close Friday, June 9.
We appreciate your support and look forward to hearing from you.
EDC's Community Involvement Fair connects hundreds of attendees with community groups
Nearly 500 area employees and residents attended the EDC's Great Big Community Involvement Fair last month. The fair gave attendees the opportunity to speak with 70 different community organizations about how they can get involved and have fun in Southwest Florida.
The goal of the fair was to improve workforce retention by showcasing groups for employees to meet new people, get engaged in the area and make Southwest Florida a home, not just a workplace.
See the full list of participating organizations here, and share with your colleagues and friends who would like to connect with a non-profit or special interest organization.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Eight pickleball courts open at Bonita Springs YMCA
Eight new pickleball courts are now open at the Bonita Springs YMCA, five months after the January groundbreaking. The courts are the result of a joint project with the City of Bonita Springs and the YMCA. Lessons and clinics are available for both members and non-members of the YMCA. Rates and times are available here.
Quality of life is one of the three strategic goals of the Bonita Springs Estero EDC's 2017-19 Strategic Plan. Recreational and outdoor opportunities can create healthier communities, which achieve positive education outcomes, attract talented workers and are more productive than less healthy communities. Find out more about the BSEEDC's Strategic Plan here.
CEOs rank best, worst states for business
FL lands No. 2 spot for affordable labor, land costs
Florida's key strengths in the survey included:
Job creation: Florida added 60,600 private-sector jobs in the first quarter of 2017. Florida's annual rate of job growth is 3.2 percent, beating the national rate of 1.7 percent.
Business tax climate:Florida ranked well in part because of its low taxes and the absence of an individual income tax.
Affordability: The state has relatively low costs compared nationally for labor, land and capital.
A key weakness the report noted was uncertainty about how Florida will fund its economic development efforts, given the budget conflicts taking place in the state legislature. Read the report here.
DID YOU KNOW?
Your business can be featured in The Banner
The Banner is starting a new section called "5Q Business," which will feature answers by local business owners to five questions. CLICK HERE to view the questions, and your company could be featured in The Banner, which has a circulation of 40,000 homes!