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

November 2014 

 

NOVEMBER BSEEDC UPDATE: Relocating Families Can Rely on the BSEEDC and Chamber

C. Ross

We continue to have great economic development news to share in Bonita Springs and Estero with the addition of Hertz Rental Equipment Corporation (HERC) and the finance division of The Camuto Group on the heels of the Hertz Global Headquarters relocation to Estero. This news is bringing hundreds of jobs and wonderful press to our flourishing region. It is also bringing relocating partners and family members who are seeking employment at our local businesses. To be more proactive, our staff is reaching out to Career Source Southwest Florida and meeting with individuals to asses how we might support their job search efforts. Click here to read more

 

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

Executive Director

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BSEEDC INVITES PUBLIC TO DECEMBER OPEN BOARD MEETING

The Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council will hold it's quarterly Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, December 10 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Richard Broome, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications of The Hertz Corporation, will give a presentation on where Hertz stands, how successful the process has been for their team and the next steps they are taking. The meeting will be held at the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce - 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. Please RSVP your attendance to Info@BonitaEDC.com
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OCTOBER RSW AIRPORT PASSENGER TRAFFIC RISES 5.2%

During October, over 503,243 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 5.2% compared to October 2013. The traffic leader in October was Delta, with 109,290 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (79,463), JetBlue (63,224), US Airways (61,723) and American (46,585). In addition, slightly more than 2.7 million pounds of airfreight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in October 2014, and increase of 4.1% compared to October 2013. CLICK HERE for more information.
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STATE-WIDE SURVEY: How is Your Business Impacted by Healthcare Costs?

Please take this short 6 question survey conducted by the Florida Chamber of Commerce to explain how your business is impacted by healthcare costs. 
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OCTOBER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA REGIONAL ECONOMIC INDICATOR REPORT: A Population on the Rise
 
Regionally, seasonally-adjusted taxable sales were up 10% ($163.2 million) in July 2014 over July 2013. Seasonally-adjusted August 2014 total tourist tax revenues for the three coastal counties increased by 28% compared to August 2013. August 2014 passenger activity for the three Southwest Florida airports grew by 8% over August 2013. Single family home sales for the three counties were up 3% in September 2014 compare to September 2013. READ MORE courtesy of the Florida Gulf Coast University Regional Economic Research Institute.
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CAREERSOURCE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF ONLINE REGIONAL BUSINESS WORKFORCE GUIDE 

CareerSource Southwest Florida launched an online regional Business Workforce Guide as a single access point for information on a variety of employment and training resources, labor market information and area demographics. This guide will live on their website and can be accessed by anyone. READ MORE
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KUDOS ARE IN ORDER: Area Businesses Making an Impact in SWFL 
 
Camuto Group finalizes lease at Bonita Bay Executive Center. READ MORE

Hertz Equipment Rental Company finalizes lease at The Riverview Corporate Center. READ MORE

GATES Construction begins work on Camuto Group's new office. READ MORE

Norman Love Confections opens new location in Estero's Miromar Outlets. READ MORE

Algenol Biofuels named #3 Global and #1 American Company among Biofuels Digest's 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy. READ MORE

Lee Memorial Proposes $140M Health Campus in South Lee County. READ MORE

EnviroStruct, LLC begins construction on multiple projects including HERC Headquarters. READ MORE
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NEW FLORIDA CHAMBER STATEWIDE SURVEY SHOWS SMALL BUSINESSES OPTIMISTIC: 56% Expect Increase in Sales; 41% Expect to Hire

With Florida's economic recovery continuing to outpace the nation, small businesses report higher company sales, increased optimism and an increased willingness to hire new employees. The Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index Survey conducted in conjunction with the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC), shows 37% of small businesses reporting higher company sales compared to last quarter.
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CITY OF BONITA SPRINGS TOWN HALL MEETINGS, PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
 
Join City of Bonita Springs Mayor Ben Nelson for upcoming Town Hall Meeting on January 14th. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The Mayor would like your input on a variety of issues that the city needs to address in the next few years. Please mark your calendars and spread the word!
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WISHING YOU A HAPPY THANKSGIVING 
 
We are thankful for your ongoing support and commitment and would like to wish you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving! 
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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.
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THANK YOU TO OUR INVESTORS:

 

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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 

Estero Chamber of Commerce

Estero Council of Community Leaders 

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:

 

Bonita Community Health Center, Inc.

CNLBank, 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:
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Office: 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive   Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Mailing: P.O. Box 368325   Bonita Springs, FL 34136
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