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 […]

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 conferenceĀ of the National Community Development Association (NCDA). That’s when the Immokalee CRA was presented with NCDA’sĀ 2015 Audrey Nelson Community Development Award for the community’s new First Street Zocalo. Named for the […]

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 […]

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. 

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 – […]

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 […]

Happy New Year!

Immokale Zocalo wins national award!

Awards and honors continue to flow to the Immokalee Zocalo – or Main Street Plaza!  News came as a Christmas gift of a national award for the community plaza. The National Community Development Association (NCDA) has named the Immokalee Zocalo as the recipient of its 2015 Audrey Nelson Community Development Award.  Named for the first deputy […]

Happy Holidays from the Immokalee CRA!

No matter what tradition you celebrate during this most wondrous season of the year, we wish you the very best! 

Immokalee Christmas Around The World – December 13!

For 23 years Immokalee's Christmas Around The World celebration has been a mainstay of holiday festivities in Southwest Florida and the 2014 edition is set for December 13!  Sponsored and organized each year by the Christmas around the World Committee and the Collier County Parks & Recreation Department, the Annual Christmas Parade and Snow Gala is set […]