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

SEPTEMBER 2014 

 

SEPTEMBER BSEEDC UPDATE: Community Invited to Open Board Meeting Sept.17
 

C. Ross

Are you interested in learning more about the current initiatives the Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council (BSEEDC) is focused on? Are you aware of the breadth of services provided by the organization?  You owe it to your company to become informed so you can take advantage of the complimentary services that we offer. Join us on Wednesday, September 17th from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to hear what's happening in regional economic development. READ MORE

 

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

Executive Director

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BSEEDC HOSTS GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT 

Executive Director, Christine Ross, emceed the event on August 21, 2014. Watch exclusive video footage below.

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RELOCATING CAMUTO GROUP HIRING, BSEEDC HOSTING JOB FAIR ON SEPT. 24 
 
The Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council will host a job fair for Camuto Group, a Greenwich, CT based company that is relocating their finance division to Bonita Springs. The job fair will be held on September 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce located at 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. 

The following positions are available and full job descriptions are posted on the Chamber's Job Bank
  • Senior Accountant
  • Staff Accountant
  • Billing Specialist
  • Accounts Payable
  • Retail Real Estate and Tax Coordinator
  • Retail Sales Auditor
  • Retail Inventory Control
  • Credit Manager
  • Senior Credit Analyst
  • Accounts Receivable Supervisor
  • Chargeback Analyst
  • E-Commerce Customer Service Analyst
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CANDIDATE FORUMS SLATED FOR OCTOBER
 
The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will host four Candidate Forums during the month of October located at the Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District (27701 Bonita Grande Drive, Bonita Springs, FL 34135). Forums are 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the following dates. RSVP HERE  

October 8 - Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District, Seats 1 & 3
October 14- Lee County School Board District 4 and Lee County Commission District 4
October 21 - Florida House of Representatives Districts 76,77 and 78
October 28 - U.S. Congress District 19

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VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE AFFAIRS & COMMUNICATIONS AT HERTZ, PRAISES SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Richard Broome, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications at Hertz, spoke at the 2014 Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Retreat. Broome shared his thoughts on the incentives of moving Hertz's global headquarters to Southwest Florida.  Watch video below.


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ALLEGIANT ANNOUNCES FIVE NEW ROUTES: Offering Even More Low-Cost Florida Travel Options

Allegiant announced new, nonstop jet service on five new Florida routes, including one route each to Punta Gorda and Orlando and three to Tampa Bay. READ MORE
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WHY MOVE TO FLORIDA? $200,000 in Tax Savings - That's Why

Published recently in The Washington Times: "Florida can brag about a lot more than its warm weather. Its low tax burden has caught the attention of nearly two million people over the last couple decades, and they brought more than $100 billion of income to the state. People from New York, New Jersey and even Wisconsin have been moving to Florida in droves. Yes, the weather is much nicer in Ft. Lauderdale in January than in Green Bay, but keeping more of your own money seems to be a major influence." READ MORE
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PAGE FIELD AIRPORT RECOGNIZED FOR SAFETY EFFORTS BY FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southern Region Airports Division honored Page Field with its 2013 General Aviation Airport Safety Award. This award is given annually to a general aviation airport that has taken actions, instituted programs or otherwise operated in a manner deserving of special recognition for improving airport safety. READ MORE
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KUDOS ARE IN ORDER: Area Businesses Making an Impact in SWFL
 
Travel Magazine names Hertz best rental car chain

Fort Myers Institute of Technology named among best in state. READ MORE

Sater Design goes to Europe. READ MORE

Florida SouthWestern State College Dean receives Lifetime Achievement Award. READ MORE

Pure Naples wins TripAdvisor certificate. READ MORE

GATES breaks ground on City Mattress. READ MORE
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AUGUST SOUTHWEST FLORIDA REGIONAL ECONOMIC INDICATOR REPORT: 
A Population on the Rise
 
Seasonally-adjusted taxable sales in the region were up 12% ($201.7 million) in May 2014 compared to May 2013. Seasonally-adjusted June 2014 total tourist tax revenues for the Collier, Lee, and Hendry Counties increased by 11% since June 2013. Passenger activity for the three Southwest Florida airports grew by 4% since June 2013. Revised population projections show an average annual growth rate for the region of 1.5% for 2015 to 2040. The average annual population growth rate was 2.8% for the 1990 to 2013 period. READ MORE courtesy of the Florida Gulf Coast University Regional Economic Research Institute.
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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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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:

 

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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BONITA SPRINGS TAX OFFICE RELOCATES
Lee County Tax Collector, Larry Hart, announced the relocation of the Bonita Springs office. The new location is 25987 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite #112 (Bonita Commons), Bonita Springs, 34135.

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UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS:
To see the content of the below meetings, click their name and view their individual event calendars.
 
9/17 at 9:00 a.m.
10/1 at 5:30 p.m.
10/15 at 9:00 a.m.
11/5 at 5:30 p.m.
  
10/10 at 10:00 a.m.
11/14 at 10:00 a.m.
12/12 at 10:00 a.m.
     
11/13 at 9:00 a.m.
12/11 at 9:00 a.m.
  
10/24 at 8:30 a.m.
11/21 at 8:30 a.m.
  
10/7 at 9:30 a.m.
10/21 at 9:30 a.m.


10/16 at 9:00 a.m.
11/20 at 9:00 a.m.
12/18 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