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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:28:

Immokalee seeks Promise Zone designation

Immokalee seeks Promise Zone designation The Immokalee CRA will partner with Glades & Hendry counties and Southwest Florida regional planners to establish a Promise Zone, backed by and supported with the resources of the U.S. government.  Collier County commissioners approved the partnership Nov. 18 and work will begin immediately to lay the ground work and submit an application for the valued designation to the U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department (HUD). The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, a 6-county planning agency, will oversee and coordinate the application process.  The Promise Zone initiative, announced by the Obama Administration in 2013 and set into motion in 2014, is intended to "create a better bargain for the middle-class by partnering with local communities and bus


Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:17:

Immokalee Walmart up for discussion again Nov. 19

Immokalee Walmart up for discussion again Nov. 19 Not that it will be controversial but the proposed Walmart planned for Immokalee will be back up for public discussion Nov. 19.  The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency's (CRA) citizens advisory committee is set to hear updates on plans for the store, which the Barron Collier Companies announced last spring could open as early as autumn 2015.  The CRA citizens committee meets in its regular monthly session at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at CareerSource Southwest Florida ((formerly known as Southwest Florida Works but known to most Immokaleans as the "One-Stop Shop), 750 South Fifth Street.  All meetings of the CRA citizens committee are open to the public.  The proposed store will be a 150,000-square-foot SuperCenter with full service


Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:55:

Collier Schools' Virtual Town Hall in Immokalee Nov. 13

Collier Schools' Virtual Town Hall in Immokalee Nov. 13 Immokaleans will have the chance Nov. 13 to join other Collier County residents in a Virtual Town Hall meeting about and with Collier County Public Schools.  The focus of the county-wide tele-session will be early childhood education, specifically PreK through Third Grade, with the live discussion originating at the Martin Luther King Administrative Center in Naples and remote locations joining from Immokalee's iTech Center and the Everglades City School.  The town hall will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and questions can be submitted in advance here.  Collier Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kamela Patton, will lead the Town Hall. She will be joined by a panel of early education experts and community leaders including Immokalee's own Linda Sala


Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:42:

Open Streets - Ciclovia - coming to Immokalee!

Open Streets - Ciclovia - coming to Immokalee! Imagine a community event drawing hundreds of families to walk, run, bike and be active right in the open streets of Immokalee - Ciclovia!  The Immokalee CRA is part of a wide coalition of organizations - led by the Safe & Healthly Children's Coalition of Collier County - to bring such an event to Immokalee beginning in February and each first Saturday of the months through November.  The Safe & Healthy Children's Coaltion has partnered in the effort with the Florida State University College of Medicine and the University of Florida Family Nutrition Program, both of which have a presence in Immokalee.  "We have met twice with many community agencies and everyone is very excited to bring this wonderful initiative to Immokalee," said Saf


Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:09:

Immokalee Zocalo now an award-winning public plaza!

Immokalee Zocalo now an award-winning public plaza! The Immokalee Zocalo - or public plaza - is now an award-winning town square!  The Zocalo, formally opened in May, won two prestigious 2014 Sand Dollar Awards presented by the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) for outstanding achievement in construction.  Well, okay, the awards were actually given to Surety Construction Company, which built the plaza, but the whole of Immokalee and the Immokalee CRA, which bought the land for the plaza at the corner of First Street and Main Street and paid for the plaza's construction, share in the awards.  The biggest Sand Dollar Award for the Zocalo was being named by the CBIA, the Best Public Works Project (under $100,000) in Collier County.  The cute, imaginative bicycle racks in the plaza also won the awa


Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:51:

Economic blueprint for Immokalee on the horizon!

Economic blueprint for Immokalee on the horizon! By next summer Immokalee could have a new economic blueprint for its future as "Florida in the 21st Century."  Development of the plan will be a joint project of the Immokalee CRA, Collier County government and the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, a five-county intergovernment body based in Fort Myers.  The plan will analyze the economic strengths and weaknesses of Immokalee, evaluate realistic opportunities for growth which complement the region's rural setting and develop a strategic plan for sustainable economic development in the decades to come. The project will cost $25,000 and will be funded by a state grant.  "Immokalee's economy focused primarily on agriculture in the past with many farms and packaging plants in


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