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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


Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:57:

CRA moving ahead with more drainage, sidewalk projects

CRA moving ahead with more drainage, sidewalk projects The Immokalee CRA continues to improves the community's drainage system and continues improving safety by building additional sidewalks.  The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has approved the plans and specifications for two additional projects, both part of a long-term Disaster Recovery Initiative, approved by the U.S. Congress. The larger of two projects is a $2.1 million storm water drainage system, sidewalks and roadway improvements to Immokalee Drive and North 16th Street. The second, which is primarily a pedestrian safety initiative, is a $500,000 drainage installation and sidewalk construction project along both sides of Colorado Avenue, from South First to South Ninth Streets in the vicinity of Pinecrest Elementary School.


Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:25:

CRA adds bike helmets to annual Lipman backpack giveaway!

CRA adds bike helmets to annual Lipman backpack giveaway! It's part good ol' community festival and part pre-school, get-the-kids-ready event and for the third year Immokalee's Lipman companies held its Backpack Giveaway event August 2 at the Immokalee Sports Complex.  Hundreds of kids - and parents - came out for the Saturday event and the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) also participated by giving away bicyle helmets to Immokalee school children.  "With bicycle and pedestrian safety a growing concern in Immokalee, we wanted to contribute something to the Lipman companies' generous effort by also help kids safe during the coming school year and beyond," said Bradley Muckel, CRA executive director.  School begins in Collier County in two weeks. The Lipman companies - long known as 6


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:17:

Immokalee CRA advances community's economic development

Immokalee CRA advances community's economic development The potential of Immokalee as a regional or state manufacturing, distribution center was on the mind of regional, state and private evaluators earlier this month when they toured the community.  The staff of two important state economic development agencies – Enterprise Florida and Florida's Heartland Regional Economic Development Initiative (FHREDI) – and a private investment firm – Site Selection Group – toured Immokalee July 15, hosted by the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).  The purpose of the visit was to evaluate the community of Immokalee against other interior Florida communities for its readiness to compete for regional manufacturing and distribution development. The exercise allowed the CRA constituent-partner agencies to


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