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

JUNE 2014 

 

JUNE BSEEDC UPDATE:
Stay Informed and Get Involved!
  
Attraction is powerful. As in many of life's endeavors, attraction is a critical facet of economic development. Attracting a new business to Bonita or Estero is guaranteed to make headlines. That being said, Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council is primarily focused on retention and expansion of existing business. It is our belief that when we foster a business environment that precludes our corporate base from looking elsewhere to grow, that same environment will attract new businesses. Then, we become a region that is highly desirable! READ MORE 
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WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS!
 
We recently welcomed three new board members. Joining us are Tom Goettel, Director of Special Projects at Shaw Development LLC, Matt Stepan, Commercial Broker at Premier Commercial Inc., and Susan Takacs, Chief Operating Officer at Physicians Regional Healthcare System - Pine Ridge to our Board of Directors. READ MORE.
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VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE:
 

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website with responsive page design. The responsive design allows users to view the website from their tablet, smart phone, or desktop computer as the site adapts to any device. According to Google Analytics, over 22% of web viewers are using a mobile device or a tablet, so moving to a responsive design allows the website to function more efficiently on compact screens.  The website is user friendly, visually appealing, and informative with the goal of raising awareness of the services offered by the organization, as well as increasing knowledge about the benefits of doing business in Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida. READ MORE

 
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FLORIDA LEADS THE NATION IN CONSTRUCTION JOB GROWTH
 
According to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America, Florida led all states in both percentage and total construction gains with a 12.1 percent rise and 43,300 new jobs between April 2013 and April 2014. After Florida, California added the most new construction jobs for the year (39,000 jobs, 6.2 percent), followed by Texas (23,900 jobs, 3.9 percent) and Pennsylvania (9,800 jobs, 4.3 percent). READ MORE
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TRAFFIC SIGNAL APPROVED ON U.S. 41 
AT RIVERVIEW IN BONITA
 

For more than a decade, the intersection at U.S. 41 and the Riverview Corporate Center entrance in Bonita Springs has not warranted a traffic signal, until now. Christine Ross, our Executive Director, said, "For the BSEEDC, the study and installation of a traffic light at this intersection has been a top priority. In our opinion, the daily traffic patterns at that location have been a significant safety hazard for years.  Riverview is the largest office complex in Lee County and the shopping center across with a busy Fresh Market, creates high traffic counts on a daily basis," READ MORE courtesy of The News-Press.

 

  

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NINE FT. MYERS AND NAPLES LEGISLATORS EARN AN "A": 2014 Legislative Report Card

 

After tabulating more than 6,000 votes cast during the 2014 Legislative Session, nearly 56 percent of state lawmakers earned an "A" (90-100) for voting to make Florida more competitive and in support of the priority jobs issues outlined in the Florida Chamber's 2014 Business Agenda. READ MORE
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MAY SOUTHWEST FLORIDA REGIONAL ECONOMIC INDICATOR REPORT: 
Unemployment Rates Show Noticeable Improvement
 

The nation is continuing its economic recovery and Southwest Florida has benefited from a strong winter season. Seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates in April 2014 showed noticeable improvement from April 2013 in all Southwest Florida counties. The Florida unemployment rate is 6.2 percent, while the national seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate has decreased from 7.5 percent in April 2013 to 6.3 percent in April 2014. READ MORE courtesy of the Florida Gulf Coast University Regional Economic Research Institute.

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HORIZON COUNCIL SURVEY: Economic Conditions Improving, Executives Say
 

The second-quarter, 2014 Horizon Council FGCU Lee County Executive Business Climate Survey shows positive trends. Among the findings: 82 percent of executives stated that the current economic conditions have improved over last year; 79 percent of the executives expect the economy to improve over the next year; 73 percent of executives expect economic conditions for their industry to improve over the next year. READ MORE 

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BAREFOOT BEACH RANKS #2: Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches 2014
 

Number two on Dr. Beach's list this year is Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, Florida, which moved up, after re-evaluation, from its number six slot in 2013. Located in a 342-acre county park, the beach is 8,200-feet-long and has small waves, shallow water "and if you like seashells, there are millions of them," said Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. "Dr. Beach". READ MORE

 

 

(Pictured: Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs)

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KUDOS ARE IN ORDER: Area Businesses Making an Impact in SWFL
 
Algenol Biofuels tours 40 high school students as part of NAACP and FGCU Pre-Collegiate Summer Camp and offers internships to two students. READ MORE
 
Encore Bank raises more than $16k for March of Dimes. READ MORE
 
Hodges University to Offer MS in Health Services Administration this fall. READ MORE
 
Lee Memorial Health System named an Innovator of the Year by Food Management Magazine. READ MORE
 
Marshall Bower, President and CEO of the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools wins Prendergast Child Advocate award. READ MORE

 

Stillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs named to Cond´┐Ż Nast Traveler's list of Top 100 Resort Spas in the United States. READ MORE
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OUR MISSION:
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.
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AREA JOB BANK
In partnership with the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, we are pleased to offer an area job bank that currently includes 30+ local opportunities!



JOB SEEKERS 
Be sure to submit your resume to the resume bank, viewed by some of the region's top employers.
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THANK YOU TO OUR INVESTORS:

 

INDUSTRY TEAM:
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CORPORATE TEAM:
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ENTERPRISE TEAM:
  
American House Senior Living Communities

Lee Memorial Health System

NCH Healthcare System

BUSINESS TEAM:

 

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 

INVESTORS:

 

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

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company 

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

Premier Commercial Properties

Rosier Insurance

Summit Broadband

FRIENDS:

 

Angel Eyes UAV, LLC

Bonita Community Health Center, Inc.

CNLBank, SWFL

Comcast Business Class 

Nelson Marine

Off the Hook Comedy Club

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UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS:
To see the content of the below meetings, click their name and view their individual event calendars.
 
6/18 at 9:00 a.m.
7/2 at 5:30 p.m.
7/16 at 9:00 a.m.
  
7/11 at 10:00 a.m.
     
8/14 at 9:00 a.m.
  
7/25 General Membership, 8:30 a.m.
  
8/5 at 9:30 a.m.
8/19 at 9:30 a.m.

6/19 at 9:00 a.m.
7/17 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   www.BonitaEDC.com   info@BonitaEDC.com