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 […]

“Have you heard what’s happening in Immokalee lately?”

So proclaims the joyful editorial in the November 29 edition of the Naples Daily News!  Yes, that's right: the Naples Daily News triumphantly boasted of all the advancements and growth occuring in today's Immokalee.  And Immokaleans are grateful for the shout out!  You won't be able to read the full editorial unless you're a paid subscriber to […]

Immokalee seeks Promise Zone designation

The Immokalee CRA will partner with Glades & Hendry counties and Southwest Florida regional planners to establish a Promise Zone, backed by and supported with the resources of the U.S. government.  Collier County commissioners approved the partnership Nov. 18 and work will begin immediately to lay the ground work and submit an application for the valued […]

Immokalee Walmart up for discussion again Nov. 19

Not that it will be controversial but the proposed Walmart planned for Immokalee will be back up for public discussion Nov. 19.  The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency's (CRA) citizens advisory committee is set to hear updates on plans for the store, which the Barron Collier Companies announced last spring could open as early as autumn 2015.  The […]

Economic blueprint for Immokalee on the horizon!

By next summer Immokalee could have a new economic blueprint for its future as "Florida in the 21st Century."  Development of the plan will be a joint project of the Immokalee CRA, Collier County government and the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, a five-county intergovernment body based in Fort Myers.  The plan will analyze the economic […]

Immokalee CRA advances community’s economic development

The potential of Immokalee as a regional or state manufacturing, distribution center was on the mind of regional, state and private evaluators earlier this month when they toured the community.  The staff of two important state economic development agencies – Enterprise Florida and Florida's Heartland Regional Economic Development Initiative (FHREDI) – and a private investment […]

Immokalee CRA in disagreement with Collier County about grant fulfillment

In its July 16 edition, the Naples Daily News published a piece detailing – to some degree – a disagreement over grant funding currently being worked out between the Immokalee CRA, Collier County Department of Housing, Human & Veteran Services (HHVS) and the Collier County Clerk's Finance Department.     The two grants, which originated at […]

One of Immokalee’s best known packing houses FOR SALE!

It is something of an Immokalee landmark, evan among Immokalee packing houses and it's for sale: all 102,000 square feet of it at the asking price just over $4.6 million!  The Colliers International packing house, 212 Jerome Drive (known to some as the Colliers-Noble packing house), went on the market recently and is expected to draw […]

Collier lawmakers look toward Immokalee, Eastern Collier for economic development

Special from the Naples Daily News:  Collier County commissioners are turning their eyes eastward for new economic development opportunities. Those opportunities could include a sports stadium built on rural lands, now zoned primarily for homes. At a workshop Tuesday, Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance brought up the stadium as just one of the potential projects […]