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 News and notes from Southwest Florida's fastest growing region!

APRIL 2014 


From the Chairman of the Board

Are you currently doing business in the Bonita Springs Estero region? Did you know that there are incentives available to help you grow your business, hire employees, improve your infrastructure, expand your operations, and more? The Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council has been busy helping a diverse set of growing businesses take full advantage of the incentives offered at the city, county, and state levels. READ MORE


Vince Modarelli
Chairman of the Board, BSEEDC
Advertising Director, Bonita Daily News / The Banner

International Trade Breakfast Program

Learn how your company can enter the international trade arena with a focus on Panama.  Join us to hear presentations from Todd Gates, Chairman of GATES Construction, Max Stewart, Regional Manager International Trade Development at Enterprise Florida, Rick Michael, Director of the Lee County Economic Development Office, and Christine Ross, President & CEO of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. 

WHEN: May 6th, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Shadow Wood Country Club - 22801 Oakwilde Boulevard, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
PRICE: $35 for Chamber members, $45 for future Chamber members. (Includes continental breakfast)

Florida Legislative Luncheon
All local Florida legislators have been invited and are expected to attend to share highlights from the recent session in Tallahassee and how the decisions made impact SWFL businesses.
WHEN: May 14th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Spanish Wells Country Club - 9801 Treasure Cay Lane, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
PRICE: $35 includes lunch (Open to Chamber members & future Chamber members)

It is with pleasure that we present you with our 2014 1st Quarter Investor Report on the progress the EDC is making on behalf of the region.  To keep the momentum going, we ask that you help educate the community about our existence and the services we provide; the complimentary business concierge for companies in or relocating to Bonita Springs and Estero. READ INVESTOR REPORT
Welcome to our new EDC Investors!
One million people now live in Lee and Collier counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Lee County is among the fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation. READ MORE.
PUBLIC NOTICE: Adding Occupations to the Target Occupations List (TOL)
Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. is soliciting input for the Targeted Occupations List (TOL) for Region 24 (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendy and Lee counties). The TOL is used to determine which occupations are eligible for training reimbursement with Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and other workforce funds. READ MORE.
MARCH 2014 REGIONAL ECONOMIC INDICATORS REPORT: Southwest Florida Benefits from Strong Winter Season
The nation is continuing its economic recovery and Southwest Florida has benefited from a high-traffic winter season. FULL MONTHLY REPORT HEREprovided by the Regional Economic Research Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University's Lutgert College of Business.
BONITA SPRINGS MAKES FORBES MAGAZINE TOP 25: Great Places to Follow Your Passions In Retirement
From the article, "Most of the best-places-to-retire lists at Forbes focus in large part on economic factors, like affordability and, often, a growing local economy that enhances the prospect for part-time employment." But if you're retiring or can live and work from anywhere, why not pick a place where you can follow the leisure time pursuits you're most passionate about, be they cultural or physical? Why not follow your bliss? READ MORE.
RSW HAS BEST FEBRUARY EVER: Airport Traffic Report


During February, 862,899 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 4.3% compared with the same month last year. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 3.7% from the same period in 2013. The Lee County Port Authority reported the airport's best February in its 30-year history, despite 233 flight cancellations due to weather conditions throughout the U.S. READ MORE.

FEMA: Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Overview

On March 21, 2014, President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 into law. This law repeals and modifies certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, which was enacted in 2012, and makes additional program changes to other aspects of the program not covered by the Act. Many provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act remain and are still being implemented. READ MORE.
Kudos Are in Order: Area Businesses Making an Impact in SWFL
American House Senior Living Communities
expands operations to Florida with Bonita Springs senior housing development. READ MORE
Florida SouthWestern bill passes to change name of Edison State College. READ MORE
Goodwill Industries opens refurbished tech store.

Lahaina Island Accommodations launches new mobile app for tourists. READ MORE

Lee County Libraries celebrate popularity during National Library Week. READ MORE
Quick Links
Regional Job Bank 


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To be the Bonita Springs and Estero area's economic development authority, fostering regional collaboration for the retention, expansion, creation, and attraction of jobs and businesses.
In partnership with the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, we are pleased to offer an area job bank that currently includes 25+ local opportunities!

Be sure to take a look at available positions at Hertz, who will be operating out of Bonita Springs until completion of their new global headquarters. 



American House Senior Living Communities

Lee Memorial Health System

NCH Healthcare System



Bonita Daily News / The Banner


Finemark National Bank & Trust


Florida Community Bank


Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.  


Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa 


The News-Press Media Group 


Nova Wealth Management


Oakbrook Properties 


Physicians Regional Healthcare System


Shaw Development


Ted Todd Insurance 



Achieva Credit Union

Andrew DeSalvo 

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce 

Bonita Springs-Estero Association of Realtors 

Coconut Point 

D3 Glass 

Estero Chamber of Commerce

Estero Council of Community Leaders 

Golden Remodeling, Inc. 

Marjorie Rubacky

Mr. Handyman

Rosier Insurance 

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company 

Law Offices of John D. Spear, P.A.
Picone Financial Partners 

Premier Commercial Properties



Angel Eyes UAV, LLC

Bonita Community Health Center, Inc.


Comcast Business Class 

Nelson Marine

Off the Hook Comedy Club

To see the content of the below meetings, click their name and view their individual event calendars.
4/16 at 9:00 a.m.
5/7 at 5:30 p.m.
5/9 at 10:00 a.m.
6/13 at 10:00 a.m.
5/8 at 9:00 a.m.
6/12 at 9:00 a.m.
4/25 General Membership, 8:30 a.m.
5/30 General Membership, 8:30 a.m.
5/6 at 9:30 a.m.
5/20 at 9:30 a.m.

4/17 at 9:00 a.m.
5/15 at 9:00 a.m.
6/19 at 9:00 a.m.
Office: 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive   Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Mailing: P.O. Box 368325   Bonita Springs, FL 34136
239-333-2332   Fax: 239-992-5011