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Southwest Florida includes Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties, with a population of approximately 1.2 million people and a workforce of over 500,000.
The Alliance is a marketing engine to attract businesses to the region. It is supported by a broad group of private and public investors, and designed to work collaboratively with local county and city economic development offices. Our goal is to facilitate relocation opportunities to Southwest Florida. For more information, please contact us at alliance@swfleda.com, or at 844.707.SWFL (7935)
The Alliance provides regional marketing and outreach to generate awareness and interest in the Southwest Florida region. It maintains a comprehensive website, serves as an economic development coordinator in the region, and builds community awareness of the importance of marketing the region. Activities include coordinating select trade shows, hosting site selector, CEO and other key constituent events, maintaining a regional economic development website and media relations. These activities are in addition and in support of the county and city economic development initiatives.
Southwest Florida is projected to be a fast growing area that offers a quality workforce, excellent quality of life, diversity, and strong connections to the world with an international airport, highways, and interstates. The region understands the importance of a working together including advocating statewide and has an excellent business climate. There are nine colleges and universities in Southwest Florida, and the region is committed to training and relocation assistance. Some of the firms that are expanding or relocating to the region are Hertz (global headquarters), Gartner (IT consulting), Arthrex (medical devices), and Chico’s, FAS (global headquarters). For more information, Click here
Yes. Southwest Florida offers a wide variety of incentives and grants based on job creation and capital investment such as industrial development bonds, enterprise zones, impact fees and tax credits. Incentive packages are location based and we will refer you to the local leaders for county by county offerings. For more information, visit our incentives page: Click here.
Our LoopNet powered property database on this website (Property Locator) features access to over 1,800 industrial, office and land options across the five counties within our region. Additional assistance can be provided by one of the region’s county or city economic development offices.
Some key employers include Algenol Biofuels, Arthrex, Inc., Chico’s FAS, Fox Electronics, Gartner, Inc., Hertz, Inc., Lynx Services, Shaw Development, U.S. Sugar Corporation, and 21st Century Oncology. A list of the top 100 employers is available Click here.
Please contact Eric Berglund, President of the Alliance at 239.470.5499 or email eberglund@swfleda.com. Eric would love to help you grow your business in Southwest Florida! In addition, state and county economic development office contact information is available on the Alliance website Click here.