Immokalee is one of the three “Rural Areas of Critical Economic Concern” (RACEC) Florida has designated. This means that the area has been adversely affected by extraordinary economic events or natural disasters.

Economic Development Assistance Available

The following organizations stand ready to assist businesses within the RACEC with their special areas of economic development expertise:

The Florida Heartland Rural Economic Development Initiative (FHREDI) works with rural communities to improve their economy, access to housing, health care, and educational opportunities. The agency provides direct access and referrals to appropriate state and county agencies and city associations; reviews and evaluates the impact of statutes and rules on rural communities, and works to minimize adverse impacts.

Florida’s Heartland REDI, Inc. Regional Office
Phone: 800-620-3602 or 863-385-4900

The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce will provide assistance organizing local resources to support business expansion and new business creation.

Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director, Dan Rosario
1300 N. 15th Street
Immokalee, FL 34142
Phone: (239) 657-3237
Fax: (239) 657-5450

Small Business Development Center, located at Florida Gulf Coast University, will provide a full line of services for start-up businesses and other small businesses wishing assistance.

Small Business Development Center
10501 FGCU Boulevard., S.
Lutgert Hall, #2321
Ft. Myers, FL  33965
Phone: (239) 745-3700
The Immokalee Regional Airport will provide assistance locating available sites and buildings at the Tradeport.
Immokalee Regional Airport
Thomas Vergo, Manager
Phone: 239-657-9003
The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. provides a variety of workforce training programs like the Quick Response Training Program, Incumbent Worker Training Program, and the Employed Worker Training Program. These programs can assist existing businesses expand and new businesses obtain a quality workforce. 

Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. (Fort Myers)
Telephone: 866-992-8463 (toll free) or 239-225-2500


Enterprise Florida, Inc.

is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. Orlando, Fla. ·

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