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

May 2016

 

BSEEDC UPDATE: Kudos to FGCU's Vester Marine Laboratory

I recently had the opportunity to visit Florida Gulf Coast University's Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station.  Established in 2007, through the generosity and vision of Norm and Nancy Vester, this unique educational facility is located right on Bonita Beach Road in the heart of Bonita Springs.  Adding to the beauty of our visit was the Vester Center's recognition by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Clean Marina designation, the first in the entire state.  This is tremendous recognition and shows just how well FGCU is living up to its mission to be a sustainable university.
   
Christine A. Ross, MBA, MS, CCE, IOM
Executive Director
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EMAINT TO CREATE 150 NEW JOBS IN BONITA SPRINGS


Congratulations to eMaint Enterprises, LLC on your grand opening in Bonita Springs! Governor Scott attended the ribbon cutting to announce that eMaint would be creating 150 new jobs in Southwest Florida. READ MORE
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BSEEDC OPEN BOARD MEETING: JUNE 8

The public is invited to attend the BSEEDC's quarterly open Board Meeting on June 8th from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. This meeting will feature the unveiling of the newly redesigned BSEEDC website as well as the special announcement about a new company moving to Bonita Springs from out of state. CLICK HERE for more information.
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EDC TECH MEET & GREET



The BSEEDC hosted the SWFL Tech Professionals Meet & Greet to build bridges between Southwest Florida's technology entrepreneurs, professionals, organizations and community members that support the growing industry cluster. The evening featured presentations by InsulinNG, FlightDocs, TechNomad and EyeMD EMR. SAVE THE DATE for the next Tech Meet & Greet on July 19!
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APRIL 2016 ECONOMIC INDICATOR REPORT



HIGHLIGHTS: Southwest Florida's economy continued to exhibit strong growth associated with seasonal trends.  These included a 3-percent increase in seasonally-adjusted regional taxable sales in January 2016 over January 2015, and an 11-percent increase in passenger activity for the three Southwest Florida airports in February 2016 over February 2015. The coastal counties saw a 4-percent increase in seasonally-adjusted Tourist Tax revenues during the same period.  READ MORE   courtesy of the Florida Gulf Coast University Regional Economic Research Institute.
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RELOCATING PARTNER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce has initiated a Relocating Partner Assistance Program to support regional workforce retention efforts.  This program will support employers that are having difficulty assisting their newly relocated employees' partners with job placement in the Lee and Collier County area.  READ MORE 
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SW FLORIDA REGIONAL TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP TECH EVENTS


Hack-a-Thon 2016
June 3 | 5:30 - 12:00 p.m. | Lee County Economic Development Office  |  REGISTER HERE
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DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT UPDATE

The Downtown Bonita Springs Improvements Project is under way and businesses are open and ready to serve!  READ MORE 
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KUDOS ARE IN ORDER: Area Businesses Making an Impact in SWFL 

CEOs give Florida high marks for business climate. READ MORE

Simon Joins BSEEDC Board of Directors. READ MORE

Base Operations At Page Field Voted Among the Best FBOs In the Americas. READ MORE

Southwest Florida International Airport Receives Award for TSA PreCheck Campaign. READ MORE

Lee County Port Authority Promotes Duncan To Deputy Executive Director - Aviation. 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:
  
Lee Memorial Health System

BUSINESS TEAM:

 

Advanced Capital Strategies

 

FineMark National Bank & Trust

 

Florida Community Bank

 

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

 

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa 

 

Naples Daily News / The Banner

 

NCH Healthcare System

 

The News-Press Media Group 

 

Oakbrook Properties 

 

Physicians Regional Healthcare System

 

Shaw Development

INVESTORS:

Law Offices of John D. Spear, P.A.
Premier Commercial, Inc.

FRIENDS:

 

Bonita Community Health Center, Inc.

CNL Bank, SWFL

Nelson Marine

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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.
 
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6/15 at 9:00 a.m.

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6/15 at 5:30 p.m.
6/29 at 9:30 a.m.
     
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6/24 at 8:00 a.m.

6/7 at 9:30 a.m.
6/21 at 9:30 a.m.

6/17 at 9:00 a.m.

6/16 at 9:00 a.m

6/14 at 6:00 p.m.
6/28 at 6:00 p.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