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The Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office will host the Horizon Council General Membership Meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral. The meeting will highlight the United Way’s ALICE Project (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and share short and long-term solutions for providing employees access to the support they need to achieve financial stability. The meeting is open to the public but RSVP is required.  To attend, please RSVP to Tiffany Grint at tgrint@leegov.com.

According to the United Way, 30 percent of Florida households either live under the federal poverty line or are asset limited, income constrained and employed (ALICE). This population represents those who are working, but due to child care costs, transportation challenges and high cost of living are living paycheck-to-paycheck. When employees are worried about these challenges, productivity, retention and creativity are negatively impacted.

The Horizon Council is a public-private advisory board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council’s mission is to improve Lee County’s business environment, retain and encourage expansion of existing businesses, and attract new and diversified employers. It is the only public-private partnership of Lee County Government and business leaders. TheHorizon Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) organizations established as a fundraising vehicle enabling individuals and businesses to actively support the program of work of the Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office. For more information, visit www.leecountybusiness.com or call 239-533-6800.

The Lee County Economic Development Office provides business assistance to retain existing businesses, encourage entrepreneurship and attract new business so that Lee County has a strong economy, thriving communities, and broadly shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.LeeCountyBusiness.com or 239-533-6800.