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Why should you choose Lee County?
Lee County, on Florida’s southwest coast, has earned a solid reputation as a beautiful, cost effective, well- managed place to grow a business. County officials and business executives are equally quick to attest to the region’s extraordinary appeal. Relocation and expanding companies, they say, will find in Lee County a balanced economic environment that supports growth while respecting natural beauty and open spaces.

Market Facts
Nearly 12,000 people move to Lee County annually, adding 5,200 people to the labor pool.

The information technology industry in Lee County employs more that 6,000.

Southwest Florida International Airport is the 8th fastest-growing airport in the country and is currently undergoing a $386 million expansion.

National site consultants ranked the telecommunications infrastructure in Lee County as one of the top five markets in the U.S. in 1999.

Lee County is the 2nd hottest housing market in the country, according to third quarter 2002 ratings by U.S. Housing Markets.

The population aged 18-24 in Lee County (those entering the workforce) is growing 30% faster than in Florida overall and 130% faster than in the U.S.

Lee County was named one of the Top 50 Entrepreneurial “Hot Zones” by Inc. magazine in July 2000.

LOCAL CONTACT
Primary Contact:
Economic Development Office of Lee County
2180 W. First St, Suite 306
Fort Myers, Fl 33901

Name: Regina Smith, Executive Director
Phone: 239-338-3161
Fax: 239-338-3227
E-mail: edo@leegov.com

Miles To:
Tallahassee 303
Orlando 134
Tampa 102
Jacksonville 258
Miami 118
Atlanta 515
Chicago 1102
Dallas 992
New York 1071

Population Change (2000-2004)
Lee
Florida
Total Change 80,365 1,533,908
Net Natural Increase 488 161,472
Net Migration 79,877 1,372,436

LABOR (2002)
Labor force 196,419
Labor Force % of County Population 41.3
Number in County Unemployed 7,874
Unemployment Rate 4.0%

EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY (2001)
N/D = No Data
Lee
Florida
Total Employment
171,929 6,837,050
Agriculture, Natural Resources
1.0% 1.6%
Construction & Real Estate
14.3% 8.3%
Education Services
6.0% 7.4%
Finance & Insurance
3.0% 4.6%
Government (Including Military)
5.3% 6.3%
Healthcare & Social Assistance
13.4% 11.6%
Information
2.8% 2.8%
Manufacturing
3.7% 6.3%
Other Services
33.1% 29.3%
Professional & Business Services
11.9% 17.9%
Transportation /Warehousing/ Wholesale
   
Trade
5.4% 8.4%

AVERAGE WAGE IN INDUSTRIES (2001)
All Industries $29,428
Construction & Real Estate $31,099
Education Services $31,558
Finance & Insurance $44,371
Government (Including military) $33,824
Healthcare & Social Assistance $34,676
Information $36,042
Manufacturing $32,689
Other Services $21,277
Professional & Business Services $31,983
Transportation/ Warehousing/ Wholesale $37,109

PER CAPITA PERSONAL INCOME
Lee
Florida
1998 $25,893 $26,161
1999 $25,917 $26,593
2000 $26,655 $27,764

EXISTING EMPLOYMENT
(MAJOR PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYERS)
Business Line
# of Employees
Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Resorts, Call Center
1,413
Yoder Brothers
Flower Growers
690
Sony Electronics
Customer Service & Technical Support
636
Lynx Services
Insurance Claims Processing Center
512
Raymond Building Supply
Lumber & Millwork
423
Conshor, Inc.
Concrete Forming
395
Gartner
Finance, Inside Sales Center
390
Pall Aeropower Corporation
Aviation Components
334
Heinz Frozen Food Company
Frozen Food manufacturer
330
Chico’s FAS, Inc.
Corporate Headquarters-Women’s Clothing
300

Miles To:
Federal Interstates I-75
Federal Highways US-41
State Highways SR-31, SR-78,SR-80,SR-82
Rail Roads Seminole Gulf Railway
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Commercial Airline Service: Southwest Florida International Airport
Number of Runways 1
Longest Paved Runway (ft) 12000
General Aviation Airports Page Field Airport
Local Deep Water Port Manatee County Port Authority
Miles to Closest Port 77

COUNTY
Ad Valorem Mileage Rates (2001):
Government 5,3401
Special 1,1023
Schools 8,4780
Total 14,9204
 
Ad Valorem Tax Exemption: Yes
Retail Sales Tax (Local option) 0.0
Utility Service Tax 0.0
Federal Enterprise Zone No
State Enterprise Zone EZ-3601
Time Zone: Eastern
Local Area Code(s): 239
County Web Page:
http://www.LeeCountyBusiness.com

CLIMATE
Average Temperature High Low
January 74 53
July 91 74
Florida mean Annual Precipitation 53
Average Annual Rain Days

112


STATE
Corporate Income Tax 5.5%
Personal Income Tax 0.0%
Retail Sales Tax 6.0%
Intangible Tax $1-1 ½

COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL SERVICES

Electric Companies:
Florida Power & Light
Lee County Electric Cooperative

Natural Gas Companies:
TECO Energy/Peoples Gas

Telephone Companies:
KMC Telecom
Sprint

Water & Sewer Companies:
Fort Myers Municipal System
Gulf Utilities
Cape Coral Municipal System
Lee County Municipal System
Bonita Springs Utilities

Existing Industrial Zoned Land Yes
Number of Acres 20,000
Largest Available Contiguous Parcel 150
Industrial Parks Yes
Number of Acres 4,900
Largest Available Contiguous Parcel 50
Foreign Trade Zones Yes
Zone Number(s) 213

EDUCATION
Public Schools
Teachers
Enrollments
Elementary: 37 1,179 28,640
Secondary: 22 1,221 29,744
Totals: 59 2,400 58,384
Private Schools Available: Yes

Post Secondary Education Serving The County:

Colleges/Universities:
Barry University
International College
Florida Gulf Coast University
Southwest Florida College

Junior/Community Colleges:
Edison community College

Vocational/Technical Schools:
Lee County High Tech Center-North/South

Other Schools:
Edu Tech
Tech Services
New Horizons Computer Learning Center

MEDIA

Local Radio Stations:
13 AM Stations
28 FM Stations

Local Television Stations:
WBBH 20
WEVU 7
WFTX 36
WGCU 30
WINK 11
WRXY 49
WTVK 46
WZVN 26

Locally Printed Newspapers:
Fort Myers News-Press
Naples Daily News
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Number of Banks: 53
Number of Savings and Loans 5
Number of Credit Unions 1

QUALITY OF LIFE
Cost of Living
Price Level Index, (2002)
(Population Weighted Category Indices)
Florida State Average=100
 
Sample
Total 97.38
Food 98.69
Health Care 98.18
Housing 94.98
Other Goods and Services 99.32
Transportation 98.86

Medical Services:
Cape Coral Hospital
Gulf Coast Hospital
Healthpark Medical Center
Lee Memorial Hospital
Lehigh Regional Medical Center
Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center

Recreational Opportunities:
Florida Everblades Ice Hockey Team
Fort Myers Miracle Minor League Baseball
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Minnesota Twins/Boston Red Sox Spring Training
Sun Splash Family Waterpark

Historical Points Of Interest:
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
Cabbage Key
Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium
Koreshan State Historic Site
Sanibel Historical Village and Museum
Thomas Edison-Henry Ford Winter Estates

Cultural Events/Festivals:
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
Broadway Palm Dinner Theater
Edison Festival of Light
International Hemingway Festival
Symphony of Southwest Florida

Hendry County
 

Why should you choose Hendry County?
Hendry County, on the beautiful Caloosahatchee River is a wonderful county filled with citrus groves, beautiful old oaks and some of the nicest people you will ever find. Located just minutes east of Fort Myers Florida, Labelle, the county seat, has a small town feel with a sophisticated business base.

Market Facts
 

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 36,210 people, 10,850 households, and 8,137 families residing in the county. The population density is 12/km? (31/mi?). There are 12,294 housing units at an average density of 4/km? (11/mi?). The racial makeup of the county is 66.08% White, 14.75% Black or African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 14.67% from other races, and 3.22% from two or more races. 39.59% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 10,850 households out of which 40.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% are married couples living together, 12.50% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.00% are non-families. 18.60% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.09 and the average family size is 3.44.

In the county the population is spread out with 30.00% under the age of 18, 13.30% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 18.30% from 45 to 64, and 10.10% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 125.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 131.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $33,592, and the median income for a family is $34,902



.......Hendry County Facts.......
Miles* To:
Tallahassee 303
Orlando 134
Tampa 102
Jacksonville 258
Miami 118
Atlanta 515
Chicago 1102
Dallas 992
New York 1071

POPULATION
Hendry
Florida
1960 8,119 9,746,961
1970 11,858 12,938,071
1980 18,599 16,713,149
1990 27,573 17,376,900
2000 36,210 18,776,400
2008 39,453 18,328,340
 
LABOR (2004)
Labor force 17,821
Labor Force % of County Population 59.8%
Number in County Unemployed 2,245
Unemployment Rate 12.6%

EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY (2001)
N/D = No Data
Hendry
Florida
Total Employment
17,821 6,837,050
Agriculture, Natural Resources
22.8% 1.6%
Construction & Real Estate
8% 8.3%
Education Services
8.3% 7.4%
Finance & Insurance
3.7% 4.6%
Government (Including Military)
4.3% 6.3%
Healthcare & Social Assistance
5% 11.6%
Information
1.6% 2.8%
Manufacturing
10% 6.3%
Other Services
3.1% 29.3%
Professional & Business Services
4.7% 17.9%
Transportation /Warehousing/ Wholesale
4.4%  
Trade
9.9% 8.4%

Time Zone: Eastern
Local Area Code(s): 863
County Web Page:
http://www.hendryfla.net/

CLIMATE
Average Temperature High Low
January 74 53
July 91 74
Florida mean Annual Precipitation 53
Average Annual Rain Days

112


STATE
Corporate Income Tax 5.5%
Personal Income Tax 0.0%
Retail Sales Tax 6.0%
Intangible Tax $1-1 ½

COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL SERVICES

Electric Companies:
Florida Power & Light
 


Telephone Companies:

Century Tel

Water & Sewer Companies:
 

MEDIA

Local Radio Stations:
13 AM Stations
28 FM Stations

Local Television Stations:
WBBH 20
WEVU 7
WFTX 36
WGCU 30
WINK 11
WRXY 49
WTVK 46
WZVN 26

Locally Printed Newspapers:
Calooosa Belle

Medical Services:
Cape Coral Hospital
Gulf Coast Hospital
Healthpark Medical Center
Lee Memorial Hospital
Lehigh Regional Medical Center
Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center

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