Immokalee CRA in new offices on South 5th Street.

You will want to stop in, say, "hello," and welcome the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency staff members to their new digs on South 5th Street, in the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Center. 

The CRA staff completed the move late last week and is now formally open and ready to resume helping Immokalee toward becoming a shining example of "Florida in the 21st Cenutry." The Workforce Development Center, known in Immokalee as the "One-Stop Shop," is at 750 5th Street, South. 

Collier County Commissioners, sitting as the CRA's board of directors, approved the move last May. The SWFL Workforce Development Center houses a number of governmental and quasi-governmental organizations and entities. 

For nearly three years, the CRA occupied office space at 1320 North 15th Street (S.R. 29), just north of Lake Trafford Road. The building is the former headquarters of the Barron Collier Corporation. 

Immokalee CRA Executive Director Bradley Muckel said moving the office will reduce the CRA’s monthly overhead and provide a more central location for its redevelopment efforts.

"The new location will provide an opportunity for the CRA to become more involved with re-employment efforts effecting the citizens of Immokalee, which is the primary focus of other agencies housed at the Southwest Florida Works Facility," Muckel explained. "As future CRA projects come to fruition, staff can now consult with neighboring employment agencies on a daily basis to keep their clientele abreast of employment opportunities related to CRA projects. The recent move will ultimately allow the CRA to become further engrained within the Immokalee community”.

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