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

OCTOBER 2014 

 

OCTOBER BSEEDC UPDATE: $61 Million Economic Impact Made Over 3 Years
 

C. Ross

There is more good news in Estero and Bonita Springs, much of which has to do with the improving economy, but more importantly, the excellent business climate we have been building at the state and local level these past three years. I am happy to provide you with a synopsis of the 2014 Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council Annual Investor Report showing our $61 million economic impact since inception. Click here to read more

 

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

Executive Director

CLICK HERE to view photos from our 2014 Annual Meeting hosted by Shaw Development
 

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MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD - GET EDUCATED AND GET OUT TO VOTE!

With the general election less than three weeks away, we are encouraging you and your employees to get out and vote on or before November 4th, 2014. The candidates and measures on the ballot will most certainly impact business in Bonita Springs and Nationally. Make your voice heard and submit your vote to ensure a strong business climate, continued economic growth, and high quality of life in our region.
To learn about the candidates and their positions, utilize the Florida Chamber of Commerce 2014 Florida Election Guide.
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643,100 JOBS ADDED TO FLORIDA'S ECONOMY SINCE DECEMBER 2010 

Governor Rick Scott announced in September that during the month of August, Florida businesses added 23,000 private sector jobs, which means Florida's economy has added 643,100 jobs since December 2010. Governor Scott said, "We are seeing more jobs being created throughout our communities, and Florida's economic turnaround is continuing to improve. Let's keep working to give everyone the opportunity to find a job and achieve their dreams here in the Sunshine State." Read the full article HERE.
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SEPTEMBER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA REGIONAL ECONOMIC INDICATOR REPORT: A Population on the Rise
 
Regionally, seasonally-adjusted taxable sales were up 12% ($195.8 million) in June 2014 over June 2013. Seasonally-adjusted July 2014 total tourist tax revenues for the three coastal counties increased by 17% over July 2013. July 2014 passenger activity for the three Southwest Florida airports grew by 8% over July 2013. However, single family home sales for the three counties showed a slight dip in August 2014 compared to August 2013. READ MORE courtesy of the Florida Gulf Coast University Regional Economic Research Institute.
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A LETTER FROM FIRE CHIEF JOE DAIGLE
Understanding the Importance of Voting for Your Fire Board on Election Day
 
The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District is a 72 square mile independent taxing district, responsible for providing the residents of Bonita Springs with fire and rescue services. In the year 1965, citizens of Bonita Springs petitioned to the state legislature for the ability to provide these services within the designated geographical district lines. The legislation provides for a five member board to provide oversight authority to the Fire Control and Rescue District. The fire board is comprised of five residents of the district who must run for office complying with the Elections Office rules and regulations. READ MORE
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CITIZENS PROPERTY INSURANCE TO END ASSESSMENT IN 2015
 
The Citizens Property Insurance (Citizens) Board of Governors voted to end the 1% assessment on all insurance policies, starting July 1, 2015, two years prior to the expected end date. This follows an announcement in June from the State Board of Administration that the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe (CAT) Fund met its debt obligations and can end its assessments early. While this is great news temporarily for Florida's policyholders, Florida still relies too heavily on post-storm assessments to make up for deficiencies in both the state-run Citizen's Property Insurance and the CAT Fund. READ MORE.
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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 Meetings on October 29th and January 14th. All meetings start 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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LEE COUNTY REPORTS BIG JUMP IN PERMITS FOR FISCAL 2014

The pace of residential permitting continued to grow steadily during the 2014 fiscal year, which ended on September 29, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development. Permitting for single-family residences was up 19%, with 965 permits compared with 808 in fiscal year 2013. Multi-Family permitting was up 128%, with 708 units permitted over 310 in fiscal year 2013. READ MORE.  
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KUDOS ARE IN ORDER: Area Businesses Making an Impact in SWFL 
 
D.R. Horton opens new gated community with 15 home plans. READ MORE.

FineMark National Bank & Trust awarded five-star rating. READ MORE.

Hodges University Awarded 2015 Military Friendly Schools Designation. READ MORE.
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FLORIDA DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: 3rd Annual Public-Private Sector Summit
 
The Florida Division of Emergency Management 's Public-Private Sector Summit will emphasize the private sector and their communications role in emergency management. The Summit will take place on December 15-16, 2014 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. There is no registration fee to attend. CLICK HERE
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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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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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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 

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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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
239-333-2332   Fax: 239-992-5011   www.BonitaEDC.com   info@BonitaEDC.com