Hackathon Focuses on LEARN initiative

The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership held its third annual Hackathon June 3-5, in conjunction with Code For America’s National Day of Civic Hacking at the Lee County Economic Development Office. This year participants were tasked with developing ways to track and report references and results for the Lee Entrepreneurs’ Assistance Resource Network (LEARN), a

Lee County Small Business Owners Wear Many Hats

Your title might be CEO, but if you’re like many small business owners in Lee County, you find yourself being a customer service rep, sales associate, marketing manager, IT director, or accountant. The success of your business hinges on your ability to wear multiple hats. At times, that can turn even the most capable person

Lee County, Florida: Where Business (and Population Growth) is Trending

Lee County, Florida has a spot on the map as one of the fastest-growing places in the nation, recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates show. The Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida, metro area – which includes all of Lee County – saw a 3.3 percent population increase between 2014 and 2015, tying with both Midland and Odessa,

Commercial Corridor Revitalization Task Force Update

North Fort Myers Market Based Assessment  Formerly known as the Commercial Corridor Revitalization Steering Committee, this group was promoted to a Task Force earlier this year to tackle the development challenges in North Fort Myers, the MLK Corridor and Lehigh Acres. Its mission is to provide a forum to discuss ways to revitalize areas of Lee County

Lee County Scores More Positive Media Results from German Press Tour

In December, EconomicLEE Speaking featured an article about a group of German journalists who traveled to Lee County. The Lee County Economic Development Office (EDO) hosted the journalists to capitalize on the strong appeal Lee County has to the international market. On Nov. 28, Lee County received its first media story to result from this

Horizon Council General Membership Meeting May 27

Featuring Google’s Chief Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap For the next Horizon Council General Membership Meeting on May 27, Jaime Casap of Google will speak at Harborside Event Center about his experience launching Google Apps and Chromebooks in schools and universities nationwide. Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. His purpose is to evangelize

The LEARN Network is Growing!

The Lee County Economic Development Office (EDO), along with founding partners CareerSource, Florida SouthWestern State College, the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University and SCORE, have created LEARN, the Lee Entrepreneurs’ Assistance Resource Network. LEARN is dedicated to supporting the establishment, retention and expansion of businesses in Southwest Florida. The LEARN network