IMAP: Making Immokalee business-ready and business-friendly

The Master Plan lays out the goals and objectives that will make the region business-ready and business-friendly.

What businesses will thrive in Immokalee?

The master planning process assessed the region’s strengths, determining what industries can thrive here. In addition to a young workforce and available land, Immokalee has a strong partnership with the schools and colleges, an airport with an international trade zone, and significant incentive programs already in place that make us attractive as a regional commercial trade hub. We have a long history producing agricultural products, which can make us attractive to agribusinesses. If the community addresses the need for attractive public spaces and cultural events, the Seminole Casino and the ecological wonders of Lake Trafford and the Corkscrew Swamp can draw tourists and build our tourism industry — hotels, entertainment and recreation opportunities, restaurants and outdoor cafes, for example. Growth of the construction industry will come hand-in-hand with economic growth in other sectors as the demand for commercial, industrial, and residential space grows and the economy rebounds.

IMAP: How a Vision Becomes Reality?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed it’s the only thing that ever has." —  Margaret Mead

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners chartered the Immokalee Area Master Plan and Visioning Committee to work with the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency to prepare an Area Master Plan that recognizes the unique characteristics of the Immokalee region and will supplement the Collier County Growth Management Plan. The plan has been forwarded to Collier County’s Planning Department for review. A six part series describing the Immokalee Area Master Plan was published, and links to each of the articles are included below.

The new Immokalee Area Master Plan currently awaits the approval of the Collier County Planning Department. The goal of the Master Plan is to encourage growth that will result in economic diversity and prosperity for Immokalee. The plan sets the stage for funding allocations and grant applications, incentives for business and housing development, the requirements for the community’s infrastructure as we grow – transportation, schools, utilities, and design standards. Most important, it articulates our vision for Immokalee’s future.