This past week, representatives from the Horizon Council, Lee’s public/private economic development partnership; the economic development arm of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce; and FGCU signed a memorandum of understanding they will work together in the alliance.
Jim Moore, director of Lee County’s Economic Development Office, said there was momentum for a regional alliance for economic development about 5-6 years ago, but it lost focus amid the economic downturn. Lee’s Economic Development office is a county government agency, but provides staffing for the public/private Horizon Council.
“I’ve always been a big believer in regionalism and, in Southwest Florida, you cannot have a regional effort without Lee and Collier coming together,” Moore said. “When site selectors or business executives are looking for a place to do business, political boundaries don’t matter. They look at resources on a regional basis.” More here.