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

June 2015

 

BSEEDC UPDATE: How Our Young Professionals Are Leading Community Development

C. Ross

If you haven't yet heard about the region's most vibrant group of young professionals, you've been missing out on some exciting programming. They are the visionary team behind the special event I'm writing about today and should give you an idea of the quality of their forward thinking mindset. By the end, I believe you'll want your company's young professionals to attend. On Friday September 11, 2015 they will engage in a multitude of leadership activities planned for the inaugural Bonita Springs Area Young Professionals "In Your Future" Summit Presented By The News-Press Media Group! 

 

Christine A. Ross, MBA, MS, CCE, IOM

Executive Director

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ENTECH RECEIVES 2015 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD


The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce named Entech as the winner of their 2015 Small Business of the Year Award! READ MORE
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BSEEDC NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Nominations are now being accepted for the Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Board of Directors. You may either self-nominate or select someone from your organization.  This opportunity is only open to investors.  Terms are three years and include monthly board meetings.  Please submit nominations to Director@BonitaSpringsEsteroEDC.com by  August 1, 2015.
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FLORIDA EDUCATION SURVEY

 

The Florida Chamber requests your participation in a one-question survey about testing in Florida schools. CLICK HERE to complete the survey. 
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FLORIDA NAMED SECOND BEST STATE FOR BUSINESS

Florida has received a second place ranking as the "Best State for Business" and a first place ranking for living environment by Chief Executive Magazine. More than 500 CEOs from across the U.S. voted in the survey. Respondents were asked to rank the best states for business based on a range of measures, from strength of workforce to taxation and regulatory climate to quality of life. READ MORE

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SWFL INTERACTIVE FLIGHT MAP

When you decide to operate your business in the Bonita Springs and Estero area, you are never too far from the bustling Regional Southwest International Airport (RSW)! LEARN MORE

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ALLEGIANT AIR EXPANDS SERVICE TO SWFL

Allegiant Air will expand its service between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Southwest Florida, beginning in November of this year. Flights will operate twice weekly and will fly nonstop between Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (PSM) and Punta Gorda Airport (PGD). READ MORE
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PROPERTY VALUES CONTINUE TO INCREASE

Southwest Florida's recession is barely visible in the rear view mirror: Lee County's property values keep soaring. READ MORE

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FLORIDA CELL PHONE AND TV TAX CUT

CLICK HERE to find out how much your family and business will save with Governor Scott's proposed Cell Phone & TV Tax Cut, using the Tax Cut Calculator.

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FLORIDA ECONOMY STILL IMPROVING

The economy is continuing its positive trends in the state of Florida. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity recently announced that the state added nearly 26,000 private-sector jobs in the month of April, continuing a 42-month trend. READ MORE

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MAY SOUTHWEST FLORIDA REGIONAL ECONOMIC INDICATOR REPORT

HIGHLIGHTS: The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for the five-county region dropped to 5.5 percent in April 2015 from 6.2 percent a year earlier. Seasonally-adjusted regional taxable sales for February 2015 were up 8 percent ($150 million) over February 2014.  READ MORE   courtesy of the Florida Gulf Coast University Regional Economic Research Institute.
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LEE, COLLIER POPULATION GROWTH IN TOP 10 NATIONALLY

Southwest Florida is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation, according to the  U.S. Census Bureau 's most recent population estimates. Lee and Collier counties ranked in the top 10 of the nation's fastest-growing metro areas based on population increases from July 2013 to July 2014. READ MORE

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KUDOS ARE IN ORDER: Area Businesses Making an Impact in SWFL 
 
Southwest Florida-based Hertz Corp. has received top vehicle rental honors.  READ MORE

BB&T's John Pollock named to The Florida Council of 100. READ MORE

Cape Coral Hospital earns prestigious Sterling Award.  READ MORE

Shaw Development, LLC Announces New Senior Director of Marketing. READ MORE

Cummings & Lockwood attorneys selected for inclusion on Thomson Reuters list of 2015 Florida Super Lawyers. READ MORE

Anthony Scola, M.D. joins Physicians Regional Medical Group. READ MORE

Coconut Point awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. READ MORE
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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THANK YOU TO OUR INVESTORS:
INDUSTRY TEAM:

CORPORATE TEAM:

ENTERPRISE TEAM:
  
American House Senior Living Communities

Lee Memorial Health System

NCH Healthcare System

BUSINESS TEAM:

 

FineMark National Bank & Trust

 

Florida Community Bank

 

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

 

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa 

 

Naples Daily News / The Banner

 

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 

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company 

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

Premier Commercial Properties

Rosier Insurance

Summit Broadband

FRIENDS:

 

Bonita Community Health Center, Inc.

CNLBank, SWFL

Nelson Marine

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JULY OPEN BOARD MEETING

The Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council invites the public to attend their quarterly open board meeting.
WHEN: July  8, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
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BSEEDC 1ST QUARTER 2015 INVESTOR REPORT

The Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council 1st Quarter 2015 Investor Report is now available. This report details the number of leads handled by the BSEEDC, the number of confidentiality agreements in effect, regional collaboration & out-of-state lead development, new business relocation assistance and more.  CLICK HERE to read the full report.
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LEE COUNTY CHARTER REVIEW MEETING

The Lee County Charter Review Commission will meet to review the Home Rule Charter and is seeking the public's input regarding any proposed amendments. 
WHEN: June 25, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Estero High School Auditorium
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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 60+ 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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UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS:
To see the content of the below meetings, click their name and view their individual event calendars.
 
7/1 at 5:30 p.m.
7/15 at 9:00 a.m.
8/5 at 5:30 p.m.

6/18 at 6:30 p.m.
6/24 at 10:00 a.m.
7/1 at 10:00 a.m.
     
8/13 at 9:00 a.m.
  
8/28 at 8:30 a.m.
  
7/7 at 9:30 a.m.
7/21 at 9:30 a.m.

7/17 at 9:00 a.m.
8/21 at 9:00 a.m.

8/20 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.BonitaSpringsEsteroEDC.com   Director@BonitaSpringsEsteroEDC.com