Bonita Springs News


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5/19/2015 Chamber News

Regional Economic Development Means Working Across County Lines

Regional Economic Development Means Working Across County Lines
By: Christine Ross, MBA, MS, CCE, IOM, President & CEO, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council 

There are many new and exciting economic development projects simmering throughout the region these days.  Our year-round economy is growing as non-seasonal industries like light and clean manufacturing are become more and more interested in our region.  Some are looking for land and others are seeking move-in-ready office space, which much of the time turns out to be class A or B.   

The good news is that whatever the request, nine times out of ten, our region has the product. This is great for Southwest Florida which has been so focused on diversifying its economic base, and a true testament to the success of broad collaboration and cross county partnerships.  I have been lucky as the Executive Director of the Bonita Springs Estero EDC to be perfectly positioned geographically to appeal to many expansion or relocation prospects.  We frequently move up on the consideration scale when folks realize we can accommodate companies seeking to offer their employees access to a variety of housing options, some in Collier and some in Lee.   

Bonita Springs and Estero’s close proximity to Southwest Florida International Airport and the direct access to I75 via Coconut and Bonita Beach Road add to the positives.  Now, with Eric Berglund on board as the Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance, I can see the regional marketing plans coming to fruition.  

I look forward to working across county lines, throughout the Southwest Florida region with the other economic development partners to make sure we are top of mind for any business looking for work life balance, and a business and family friendly environment.