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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:57:

Florida Legislature should work to save Enterprise Zones, including Immokalee's

Florida Legislature should work to save Enterprise Zones, including Immokalee's Immokalee’s Enterprise Zone – along with Florida’s other 64 Enterprise Zones – is under a severe threat again in the Florida Legislature.  Revived in 2005 and set to sunset at the end of 2015, unless the Legislature acts to save them, Enterprise Zones offer the most cost-effective program in the Sunshine State for job creation, entrepreneurial encouragement and a ticket out of poverty for small businesses seeking to find a firm financial footing in today’s marketplace.  In Immokalee alone, its Enterprise Zone has provided over $200,000 in tax incentives and other assistance to nearly 20 businesses over the past decade.  House Bill 903, filed by Florida State Rep. Elizabeth Porter, R-Lake City, has been filed in the legislature&rsqu


Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:31:

First Street Zocalo garners national design award!

First Street Zocalo garners national design award! It was a snowy, wintery Washington D.C. but the sunshine and warmth of Immokalee's First Street Zocalo brought welcomed glow to the Jannuary winter conference of the National Community Development Association (NCDA).  That's when the Immokalee CRA was presented with NCDA's 2015 Audrey Nelson Community Development Award for the community's new First Street Zocalo.  Named for the first deputy executive secretary of the NCDA in 1987, the award recognizes "exemplary uses of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the partnerships between local governments and non-profit organizations to assist low- and moderate-income persons.  "The First Street Plaza was created as a comprehensive vision for the future of Immoka


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:33:

Home rehab informational meeting - February 5

Home rehab informational meeting - February 5 Some home-owning Immokaleans could take advantage of a state-county program to rehabilitate homes.  The Collier County SHIP Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program will hold an informational meeting about the various opportunities on February 5, at 6 p.m. at CareerSource Immokalee (the One-Stop Shop), 750 South 5th Street.  The program provides interest-free, deferred loans to assist eligible homeowners in with home rehabilitation.  How, one might ask, does one apply for such a loan?   Your annual combined household income cannot exceed these maximum income limits, based on family size of:  2014 Income Limits  Household Size:         1               2        


Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:53:

Immokalee & Ave Maria featured in Gulfshore Business Relocation Guide

Immokalee & Ave Maria featured in Gulfshore Business Relocation Guide Immokalee and Ave Maria, just five miles to the south of Immokalee, share a page in the Gulfshore Business Magazine's annual relocation guide, published in January.  The publication also lists the Seminole Immokalee Casino as the region's biggest tourist draw with over two million visitors annually. 


Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:51:

Economic incentives drive economic growth in Immokalee

Economic incentives drive economic growth in Immokalee The opening soon of the new hotel at Seminole Immokalee Casino and two chain eateries it certainly appears economic development in Immokalee is on the upswing.  The Seminole Tribe of Florida can, of course, spur its own economic development but a new Taco Bell in Immokalee and a relocated and expanded Subway Sandwich Shop - to be followed by a frozen yogurt franchise - are the direct result of federal and state economic incentives sheparded by the Immokalee Community Redevelopment District (CRA).  No less than the Naples Daily News cited recently in an editorial the exciting and change economic and civic climate of this once sleepy farming community into a shining example of Florida in the 21st Century.  "With the economic incentives we have at our disposa


Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:54:

Driver's License road tests to be offered in Immokalee

Driver's License road tests to be offered in Immokalee Immokaleans will soon be able to take the road test for a Florida Driver's License right here in Immokalee.  This means, of course, no more driving all the way into Naples for the road test.  Collier County Tax Collector Larry Ray announced the arrival in Immokalee of a mobile driver's license road test van January 15 with future visits schedule on a "periodic need basis."  This unit will be operated by certified Examiners from the Airport Road and Orange Blossom Driver's License Offices on a rotating basis," Ray said.  The Mobile Road Test Unit will begin testing on January 15  at the Tax Collector's Immokalee Branch Office, 106 1st Street. Initial tests will be administered by appointment only. In order to be qua


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