Collier Commissioner Nance to hold Town Hall, May 19

Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance, who represents Immokalee and Eastern Collier County on the county's lawmaking panel, will hold a Town Hall meeting May 19th.  The public gathering is set for 6 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Service Center, 14700 Immokalee (next to the county fairgrounds).    Some of the subjects will include updates and […]

Applications going out for Immokalee’s new Sweat Equity grant program!

The word is circulating, applications are going out for Immokalee's new Sweat Equity grant program – intended for business owner who want to spruce up the exterior of commercial spaces.  The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) won approval of the program two months ago and is now accepting applications and encouraging business owners to take […]

Enterprise Zones headed for sunset.

Unless something drastic happens in the second half of the Florida Legislature's 2015 session, it appears Enterprise Zones in Florida – including Immokalee's – will die a natural death at the end of the year.  Enterprise Zones offer the most cost-effective program in the Sunshine State for job creation, entrepreneurial encouragement and a ticket out […]

Immokalee Construction projects moving along on schedule.

Two major street projects are moving on – or ahead of – schedule in Immokalee.  The storm water drainage project at the western end of Immokalee Drive and the sidewalk construction project on Colorado Avenue will, when completed, make Immokalee a much drier and safer community.  The larger of two projects is the $2.1 million storm […]

Bike helmets offered for Ciclovia Immokalee participants!

Here's your chance to get a free bike helmet on Saturday morning at Ciclovia Immokalee!  The Immokalee CRA will be giving away free bike helmets to those to come out Saturday, March 7th – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Immokalee Community Park – for the second Ciclovia Immokalee event.  Over 400 people attended […]

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 – […]