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Lee County continues to rank among the nation’s job growth leaders, yet several communities, including North Fort Myers, the MLK commercial corridor and Lehigh Acres, have lagged behind the ongoing economic recovery.  The Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office formed the Commercial Revitalization Task Force with business and civic leaders to proactively stimulate development, promote investment, attract businesses and encourage higher wage jobs in those areas. The initiative, called “DevelopLee,” promotes the many opportunities that exist in these areas and initially focuses on promoting development and job creation.

“Lee County’s Economic Development Office has done a tremendous job identifying existing valuable resources in North Fort Myers, Lehigh and Fort Myers, and it will be great to see that information shared through DevelopLee,” said Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman.  “These areas have incredible potential and through this initiative we can hopefully highlight opportunities for people to come in and start a business, or grow an existing one.”

To support the initiative, the Lee County Economic Development Office has added the DevelopLee project to its website (http://www.leecountybusiness.com/develop-lee/) where available properties, demographics and other information on North Fort Myers, MLK Corridor and Lehigh Acres can be accessed.  They can also be accessed at www.DevelopLee.com, www.DevelopNFM.com, www.DevelopMLK.com and www.DevelopLehigh.com.  DevelopLee can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

“This initiative gives us an avenue to market the opportunities that exist in North Fort Myers, MLK Corridor and Lehigh Acres on the web and social media platforms,” said Dan Eveloff, Commercial Revitalization Task Force Chair.

The Lee County Economic Development Office works to attract new and diversified businesses to the area, support company growth and expansions, and improve the overall business environment in Lee County. Services include site selection assistance, demographic and statistical information, business assistance, financial assistance, employee training and recruitment and community tours. For more information, visit www.LeeCountyBusiness.com  or 239-533-6800.