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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


Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:25:

Immokalee CRA saves church $15,000 in sidewalk repairs

Immokalee CRA saves church $15,000 in sidewalk repairs By its presence and advocacy for all Immokaleans, the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) recently saved $15,000 for the Immokalee Church of the Nazarene in sidewalk costs.  The church, a long-standing and well-regarded congregation, is in the midst of a building campaign with the help of Thomas Riley Artisans Guild and what it doesn't need is an additional $15,000 tacked on top of its expansion effort.  Through negotiation with Collier County, the Immokalee CRA was able to reduce the costs of the sidewalk improvements and work out a solution for all - without costing Imokalee or Collier County taxpayers any additional costs.   "On behalf of my dad, Pastor Paul, and  the Immokalee Church of the Nazarene, I thank you for taking the time


Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:48:

Immokalee CRA in disagreement with Collier County about grant fulfillment

Immokalee CRA in disagreement with Collier County about grant fulfillment In its July 16 edition, the Naples Daily News published a piece detailing - to some degree - a disagreement over grant funding currently being worked out between the Immokalee CRA, Collier County Department of Housing, Human & Veteran Services (HHVS) and the Collier County Clerk's Finance Department.     The two grants, which originated at The United Stated Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but are administered locally by HHVS, were approved by Collier County and provided to the Immokalee CRA to cover operational costs associated with its Immokalee Business Development Center (IBDC) Program, which was created and managed in years past under a former CRA Director as a for its business incubator. The IBDC served as an economic tool facilitatin


Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:45:

One of Immokalee's best known packing houses FOR SALE!

One of Immokalee's best known packing houses FOR SALE! It is something of an Immokalee landmark, evan among Immokalee packing houses and it's for sale: all 102,000 square feet of it at the asking price just over $4.6 million!  The Colliers International packing house, 212 Jerome Drive (known to some as the Colliers-Noble packing house), went on the market recently and is expected to draw many interested parties.  Naples residents (and many others) will be familiar with the property as a frequent site of Collier County's Annual Farm-City Barbeque, a traditional celebration of Collier County agricultural heritage held each Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving.  The packing house is ready to go and is strategically located within the community, very close to the Immokalee Regional Airport and all truck routes. 


Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:40:

Infrastrucure and economic plans top "wish list" for Immokalee CRA

Infrastrucure and economic plans top "wish list" for Immokalee CRA Expanding a strategic street, developing a community economic plan, continuing stormwater utilities and business enhancement top the tentative list of workplan goals for the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in the coming year.  The tentative list, which will be formally approved June 18 by the CRA's citizens advisory committee, also includes a number of other community enhancements all in line with the overall goal to transform the community into a shining example of Florida in the 21st Century.  The citizens advisory committee culled the workplan list for Fiscal Year 2014-15, which begins October 1, during a planning session earlier this month and will discuss, tweak, edit and formally adopt the workplan Wednesday when it meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Ca


Tue, 20 May 2014 20:49:

First Street Zocalo opens to the public!!

First Street Zocalo opens to the public!! Immokalee's newest landmark - and gathering place for the community - was formally opened to the public May 20 with lively festivities, honored guests and plenty of music and food - Immokalee style!!  The Immokalee First Street Plaza - or Zocalo - is now part of the community.  zo·ca·lo  (s?′kä-l?′)n. pl. zo·ca·los A town square or plaza, especially in Mexico. Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremonies and the crowd was entertained by the Immokalee High School Drum Line and band, the Immokalee Community School Dirty Orchestra by Black Violin and the tropical beats of Caribbean Groove.  Together with a future companion gathering spot at Main and 9th Street, the plaz


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