WinkNewsNow: Immokalee to become industry hub

 A plan six years in the making is taking shape to bring more business to Immokalee

 By Renee Stoll
 

Right now a plan is underway to change Immokalee from top to bottom with a new look, new businesses, and new jobs starting at the Immokalee Airport.

"It’s planned to expand technically by 103 acres," airport consultant Wayne Arnold says. That expansion process starts Thursday with a rezoning meeting.
The airport facelift is just part of the Immokalee area master plan to help bring in new businesses and lure hundred of jobs. "This has heavy industrial designation now, warehousing, research and development and other economic opportunities," Arnold explains.
 
Bob Mulhere, the master plan consultant, says plans to overhaul Main Street are also in the works to make it more pedestrian friendly and accessible. Immokalee leaders hope a renewed town center will help attract high tech jobs such as the medical industry.
 
The next step is to put a price tag on the project. Community redevelopment officials tell me there is grant money from the state it hopes to get its hands on, which could pay for a good portion of these plans.
 
The final project will be brought to the Board of County Commissioners next spring for approval.
 
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