State Officials Take Note of Southwest Florida

By: Christine Ross, MBA, MS, IOM, President & CEO, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council

As the momentum for businesses in Bonita Springs and Estero continues to build, our state leaders have taken notice. Over the past two weeks, three top state officials have visited Southwest Florida to see firsthand the growth we’re experiencing and also address the growing pains that go along with it.

Friday, June 19, 2015, Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, discussed economic development, job growth, and the local, state and national economic indicators which show Florida’s tremendous recovery with participants of our Leadership Bonita Class.

On Monday June 22, 2015, Governor Rick Scott held a press conference at D3 Glass in Fort Myers, where he discussed tax cuts and job growth and the more than 20 new manufacturing jobs this family-owned business has created in the past twenty-four months. On Monday June 27, 2015, Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera visited the Chamber to hear what business owners and board members are interested in and suggestions they might have for change.  Participants talked about the impact of education achievement, transportation funding and the need for workforce housing.

With each of these visits, I was reminded of the positive impact Southwest Florida business is making on the state’s recovery number and that our issues are top of mind for the administration. This bodes well for what’s to come in 2016.  I applaud our state leaders for being so accessible. It is refreshing to see a state administration that is tuned in to the issues our region is facing and their willingness to travel so far to address them.

Our Chamber remains dedicated to staying abreast of the local, state, and federal legislative issues that affect businesses in our community. We support pro-business legislation that allows area companies, small to large, to grow and prosper. To learn more about the issues that are currently on our radar, visit our Government Affairs Website at

One Response to “State Officials Take Note of Southwest Florida”

  1. Bill DaubmannJuly 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    I also applaud Christine, and the Bonita Springs Chamber staff AND the Bonita Estero EDC staff for being proactive in getting these State officials here and to show off our great business environment.

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