Celebrate Economic Development Week 2018

May 01, 2018

Economic Development Week was established in 2016 by the International Economic Development Council to increase awareness of local programs that create economic opportunity, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life. This year we are celebrating economic opportunity May 7 – 12! #CollierEDW2018 What is Economic Development you may wonder? Read below to find out more.

The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce serves as the lead economic development organization for Collier County. We are responsible for traditional economic development including business retention, expansion, attraction, marketing and workforce development efforts. Our role is to ensure that our community has a sturdy base of high-value careers, a skilled and prepared workforce and that existing and relocating businesses have the resources grow and thrive in Collier County.

While economic development may seem complicated, it is truly about three basic components: people, places, and things. Click here to read our latest Collier Citizen Column all about economic development in the Collier Citizen.

To support EDO in our community the chamber has a few main priorities:

  1. provide the opportunity to find careers in high-wage, high-value industries.
  2. Ensure that the needs of our local employers are met
  3. Affordability of housing for employees close to their workplace; and the affordability to purchase land to grow and expand one’s business
  4. Economic diversification in our community
  5. It’s all about mindful growth!

To hear first hand what we are doing at the Chamber and working with community partners, listen to our podcast featuring President and CEO, Micheal Dalby and VP of Economic Development, Kristi Bartlett. They discuss specific EDO strategies, examples, and challenges that face us here in Collier County.

Ultimately, we believe our community and residents should be the ones shaping our community. As members of the Collier County community, you are that voice and we urge you to think about economic diversification, the creation of high-wage, high-value jobs and the benefits that these will bring to the place that we call home.

Celebrate EDO Week with us!
We want to celebrate our local businesses that support our growing economy every day. Consider participating in Economic Development Week to heighten awareness and emphasize the importance and impacts of economic development in our community. Click below to access the following guide to help you plan and participate! #CollierEDW2018

Click below to get your guide!