Funding for genetics lab near Immokalee in state budget

 Plans for Maine-based Jackson Laboratory to build a genetics research institute near Immokalee to advance personalized medicine remains in balance as the state House of Representatives approved a $67-billion budget plan Thursday with $119 million allocated for economic development. CLICK HERE to read the rest of the Naples Daily News story. 

Immokalee CRA chairman Thomas honored in Congress

 Fred and Cherryle Thomas were honored Friday by U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart for their years of service to Immokalee.  Diaz-Balart, who represents Immokalee in the U.S. House of Representatives, surprised the Thomases with a plaque to commemorate their entry into the Congressional Record. Diaz-Balart placed into the Congressional Record an official recognition of the Thomases […]

Immokalee’s 50th Harvest Festival!

 The Harvest Festival drew a diverse and fun-seeking crowd to the Seminole Rodeo Grounds this past weekend and a great time was had by all. Immokalee remains proud of its agricultural heritage. It will continue to be an important part of Immokalee’s future as Immokalee becomes Florida in the 21st Century  

Groundbreaking For a New Farmworker Housing Development in Immokalee

Immokalee, Florida – March 23, 1010.  Florida Non-Profit Services, Inc. ("FNPS") and Immokalee Housing and Family Services ("IHFS") are pleased to announce  that a groundbreaking ceremony was held on Monday, March 22nd for the Esperanza Place Apartments – Phase I, a development of 47 one, two and three bedroom multifamily rental residences for occupancy by […]

The future of Immokalee comes more into focus!

 The future of Immokalee took a giant leap forward Tuesday when Collier County lawmakers approved two significant projects: 1) the new Business Development Center; and 2) a plan to restyle Main Street!

Both projects are significant, unprecedented and will be major contributors to reshaping Immokalee as “Florida in the 21st Century."

The Immokalee Business Development Center (IBDC), a business incubator at the Immokalee Municipal Airport, will be a major new economic force in Immokalee and give entrepreneurs a safe haven in which to build exciting new businesses and opportunities. It is a project of the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Collier County Airport Authority. 

The new plan for Immokalee’s Main Street is summed up in the Immokalee Master Plan’s public realm plan. Details of the plan can be found here.  The vision expressed in the public realm plan includes a thriving central business district awash with brightly colored buildings, two beautiful public plazas at either end of Main Street, happy people walking about, biking, shopping, visiting and playing.

Schools, roads, culture all important to Immokalee’s future!

 What makes one town a better place to live than another? Planners will tell you that it’s no one thing, but rather the synergy that comes from several aspects of daily living.

 Jobs and housing are important. They are the foundation for quality of life. Other features that color our daily experience of living include traffic and transportation, the community culture and character, the school system and public services. The Immokalee Master Plan sets some objectives for several of these components.

Energized Main Street is the core of Immokalee’s future.

 Imagine a thriving central business district in Immokalee awash with brightly colored buildings, two beautiful public plazas at either end, happy people walking about, biking, shopping, visiting and playing. That’s the vision for Immokalee’s core currently being developed by the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), its leaders, planners and engineers.   The Public Realm Plan, […]

Immokalee’s future intertwined with Immokalee’s environment

In Immokalee, our future is intertwined with the health of our environment. Immokalee is surrounded by environmentally sensitive lands that are home to a wonderful array of plant and animal life.

From a business perspective, the diversity of our wildlife and the unique qualities of Lake Trafford and the Corkscrew Swamp make this area a destination for eco-tourists.

We are aware that Immokalee’s environmental health is vulnerable to development Ecotourism, too, can take a toll on the environment, if not carefully planned. The Master Plan identifies several objectives and policies that will ensure responsible development.

Immokalee’s Airport Park to get face lift, expansion.

It’s long been a community gathering spot for festivals and events but Immokalee’s Airport Park will soon sport facelift and expansion.

 The Collier County Board of County Commissioners approved the expansion in collaboration with the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the county’s Parks & Recreation Department.

 The park’s improvements will cost $181,170 and will be shared by the county parks department and the Immokalee CRA.

Immokalee’s congressman to seek election in brother’s district.

U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart announced Thursday his retirement from Congress and with that announcement came word that Immokalee’s current congressman, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, will seek his brother’s seat.  This means a new representative for Immokalee in the U.S. House of Representatives, should the announced plans hold up.  READ MORE HERE.