Fort Myers Regional Partnership Reports Incentive Program Benchmarks And Success - 4,996 Jobs Created and $1,047,649,879 in Economic Impact in Lee County

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Since 1996, 4,996 new jobs and $1,047,649,879 in economic impact have been committed to as a direct result of key local incentive programs in Lee County, FL.

The Fort Myers Regional Partnership, Lee County’s Economic Development Office, is driven by it’s long-term, forward-thinking mission to expand and diversify the local economy. Since 1996, 4,996 new jobs and $1,047,649,879 in economic impact have been committed to as a direct result of key local incentive programs; Lee County Job Opportunity Program and the First Incentives for Recruiting Strategic Targets as well as State of Florida incentives and the State Closing Fund.

“These programs lay the foundation for companies to prosper in Lee County now and in the years to come. Our Economic Development office has played a part, but most important our partners – the Horizon Council, the Horizon Foundation, and the Industrial Development Authority have made Lee County stand out as a great place to do business,” said Jim Moore, Executive Director of the Fort Myers Regional Partnership.

1996 - 2011 Lee County Incentives Awarded*

The following companies represent target industries such as life sciences, manufacturing, information technology, corporate headquarters, and business services that have relocated to or expanded in Lee County:

  •     21st Century Oncology
  •     Algenol Biofuels, Inc.
  •     Alorica, Inc.
  •     Chico’s FSA, Inc.
  •     Dawning Technologies
  •     DSI
  •     Easy Picker Golf Manufacturing
  •     FindWhat.com
  •     Florida Family Insurance
  •     Fox Electronics
  •     Gartner
  •     Global Staffing
  •     Gulf Coast Stamping
  •     Heinz Frozen Foods
  •     Interop Technologies
  •     JRL/Marine Concepts
  •     Klocke
  •     LeeSar
  •     LYNX Services
  •     NeoGenomics Laboratories
  •     The News-Press / Gannett Newspapers
  •     Paramount Transportation
  •     Park Royal Psychiatric Hospital
  •     Prestige Packaging
  •     PrivateSky®
  •     Regal Investrade
  •     Somero Enterprises
  •     Sony Electronics
  •     Source Interlink
  •     SRBI
  •     Sunshine Masonry
  •     TZ Insurance Solutions LLC
  •     Vault Structures
  •     VR Laboratories

“The Economic Development Office remains committed to an outstanding business climate and superior quality of life for our community, “continued Moore.

LEE COUNTY JOB OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (LCJOP)
Lee County desires to provide an incentive for locating or expanding companies creating 10 or more high-wage employment in targeted industries. Qualified companies may be awarded up to $6,000 for each full-time, permanent job create depending on wage levels and Enterprise Zone site status.

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR RECRUITING STRATEGIC TARGETS (FIRST)
In 2008, Lee County set aside $25 million to create a negotiated, performance-based incentive used to attract and grow high-value business projects that promote broad-based prosperity in the community. Qualified companies operate within a target industry and create at least 75 jobs within a 3-year period that pay an average wage of 125% of the Lee County annual average wage of $35,805 and generating significant capital investment.

“We Chose Lee”
This year, The EDO launched its sophomore economic development campaign to build on the success of the “Together for Business” platform of 2010 and the original vision established by the Horizon Council 20 years ago. The next generation, “We Chose Lee,” campaign highlights companies that have leveraged and maximized incentives including:

Headquartered in Fort Myers, 21st Century Oncology has more than 90 radiation therapy centers across the U.S. Its recent expansion in Lee County will create 40 new jobs and have a local impact of $2.7 million.

LeeSar’s new state-of-the-art healthcare distribution center will expand our local economy and bring new jobs to Lee County.

“We are well underway to take our integrated marketing and communications plan to the next level with creative and dynamic strategies from website presence, advertising, social media, and public relations to partnerships and online exposure reaching targeted audiences in and out of the market to make Lee County more vibrant and a better place for all of us,” noted Jennifer Berg, marketing and communications director of the Fort Myers Regional Partnership.

About Fort Myers Regional Partnership
The Fort Myers Regional Partnership works to attract new and diversified businesses resulting in high-wage, high-skilled jobs; retains and encourages the expansion of existing businesses and improves the overall business environment. Lee County is a thriving business community with a highly regarded airport, significant corporate development and ample real estate opportunities. The area is attracting, retaining and growing high-value businesses with a unique blend of an outstanding business climate and superior quality of life. The county is home to five vibrant cities--Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach, and Sanibel--and is the heart of Southwest Florida.

The Partnership continues to promote and build the region through ongoing efforts from its proactive team of domestic and international recruiters, research staff and community liaisons, as well as through its partnerships with the Horizon Foundation, the Horizon Council and the Lee County Industrial Development Authority. The county is also actively promoting its incentive programs including the Lee County Job Opportunity Program and the FIRST Initiative program which currently offers $25 Million in business location and expansion incentives.

For more information, visit http://www.25MillionReasons.com.            

Media Contact: Jennifer Berg, Marketing and Communications Director, Fort Myers Regional Partnership, Lee County’s Economic Development Office at 239-338-3161.

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