The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon on Friday, Nov. 19 will provide valuable insight on economic development in Southwest Florida.

Attendees of the luncheon will hear from guest speaker John Talmage, director of the Lee County Economic Development Office, discussing the current state of the economy and latest data as well as insights into economic resources and incentives available to help businesses grow in Fort Myers and surrounding Lee County.

Talmage has spent more than 30 years working in local economic and community development, both for municipal governments and national research organizations. Before he was named director of economic development for Lee County, he was chief of staff to the City of Fort Myers’ city manager and served on the City of Sanibel’s Planning Commission. Talmage began his career working for the New York City Council and previously directed economic development for the City of New Orleans, served as a senior policy advisor for Mayors Diaz of Miami and Mallory of Cincinnati, and was CEO and president of Social Compact.

Hosted in partnership with the Lee Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA), the luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 at The Club at Pelican Preserve, located at 9802 Pelican Preserve Blvd. in Fort Myers. Admission is $25 for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber or FRLA and $35 for future members. Limited seating is available, and attendees must register in advance.

The November luncheon is sponsored by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. To learn more or to register, visit FortMyers.org or call 239-332-2930.

About the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce:
Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community. The Chamber represents over 750 businesses, professionals, and individuals throughout Lee County, providing opportunities for members to participate in a variety of meaningful networking, educational and community- and business-focused programs and events. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is located at 2310 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. For additional information regarding membership opportunities or events please call 239-332-2930 or visit www.fortmyers.org. For the latest news and updates, follow the Chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gfmcc or Twitter at @FtMyersChamber.