Summer is a busy time around the Immokalee CRA

One might tend to think summer in South Florida is a time when everything slows to a crawl under the warm sub-tropical sun. 

But one would be wrong about that. The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a year-round effort to help the community realize its full potential as a living example of "Florida in the 21st Centry." The work doesn't slow, even in the "off-season." 

Earlier this month, Immokalee CRA Executive Director Bradley Muckel attended the Florida Rural Economic Development “Boot Camp” in Okeechobee, which was highlighted by a keynote speech from Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Other highlights included an invaluable instructional session led by Crystal Stiles of Florida Power and Light on her agency's on-line economic development tools as well as presentation on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program by the Florida Department of Economic Development (DEO).

“Florida’s rural regions offer unique and attractive assets that many businesses look for when considering moving or expanding in a state," explained Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida Gray Swoope. “These regions highlight the state’s advantages in specialized workforces, and logistics and infrastructure support, including Florida’s vast multi-modal transportation network. Our rural regions can be incredibly competitive thanks to these assets."

Back at home, the CRA held July 18 a pre-construction meeting about its next Main Street iimprovement project. The project is the first to be jointly funded by the CRA and the Florida Department of Transportation and will improve the safety and ascetics of Immokalee Main Street. Among other items, the project will reconfigure median layouts and replace the temporary fiberglass "quick-curbing" sticks with permanent concrete curbing. The project's engineering firm is Grady Minor & Associates and the contractor will be Bonness Construction. 

Later this month, the Immokalee MSTU will be bidding the landscaping maintenance contract for the entire Immokalee Central Business District. The contract, which has historically been valued at approximately $200,000 annually, will be released through the Collier County online bidding system. All local landscaping vendors are encouraged to submit bids. For details vendors can contact James Sainvilus, MSTU Project Manager, at (239) 269-6958. 

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