South Immokalee storm water project improves street, economic & cultural levels
When Collier County lawmakers agreed January 24 to award construction contracts for the $2.7 million storm water improvement system in South Immokalee it was significant on the street level – but also on the economic and cultural levels.
Enter Padilla Construction Company.
With the construction contract signed and delivered, Padilla Construction will get a nearly $800,000 sub-contract to perform all the sidewalk reconstruction on the project.
"It's working,” said Penny Phillippi, executive director of the Immokalee CRA and creator of IMMBIZ. “Economic development is working in Immokalee. Manuel went from IMMBIZ to (minority-owned) qualifications, introduced to the big contractor at a pre-bid meeting. The (project grant) money is coming back to Immokalee."
Padilla Construction is among the growing number of new and expanding businesses in Immokalee, part of the growing entrepreneurial scene which again demonstrates one of the reasons why Immokalee IS Florida in the 21st Century.