Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is providing an additional $400,000 to Lee County to clean up impacts related to red tide, for a total of $1.1 million in grant funding. Under the direction of the emergency order issued by Governor Scott last month, DEP launched a $3 million grant program to help local governments clean up waterways affected by harmful algal blooms. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott Provides an Additional $400,000 to Lee County to Clean Local Waterways
SR 80/Palm Beach Boulevard from Buckingham Road to Hickeys Creek: Maintenance contract project: Motorists should expect intermittent eastbound and westbound lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from Sunday, April 29 through Friday, May 4, while crews apply pavement markings, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution and expect delays.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has accepted the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ request to extend access to free school meals through November 30 for all students in Monroe, Collier and Lee counties, which are still recovering from Hurricane Irma and subject to a FEMA Major Disaster Declaration. Collier, Lee and Monroe counties have 191 schools and 138,000 students.
Parents or guardians looking for additional info can contact the department at 1-800-504-6609 or [email protected].
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Today, September 20th, Governor Rick Scott will meet with state and local officials in Lee County to discuss Hurricane Irma response and recovery efforts.
WHAT: Meeting on Hurricane Irma Response and Recovery
WHEN: 3:00 PM
WHERE: Lee County Emergency Management
2665 Ortiz Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33905
CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE
Governor Rick Scott today toured impacts of Hurricane Irma in Lee County with City of Bonita Springs Mayor Peter Simmons and Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno.
In order to allow the community to recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma the SR 82 (from Lee/Colonial Boulevard to Shawnee Road) Preconstruction Public Meeting previously scheduled for Thursday, September 14th at Gateway Trinity Church is CANCELLED. Notifications will be sent out when a new date for the public meeting is confirmed.
Governor Scott today met with Lee county officials regarding this week’s flood event in Southwest Florida. Bonita Springs Mayor Peter Simmons and Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno briefed Governor Scott on the flooding that occurred in Lee County this week. More than 100 people were housed in a local shelter and community leaders are working to help people quickly return to their homes.
Governor Scott said, “I want to thank the local officials for working to keep people safe here in Lee County. Responding to weather events like the flooding that occurred this week in Southwest Florida is something we take seriously. While there are currently no unmet needs from the local community, the State of Florida will continue to communicate and coordinate with our local partners.”
Governor Rick Scott toured wildfire damage in Lee County with fire and emergency management officials today.
US 41 at SR 29: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the southbound lane closed beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 while the Department of Forestry performs a prescribed burn, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution and follow detour signs as crews work near the roadway.
Governor Rick Scott announced today that Gartner, Inc., a global information technology research and advisory company, will expand in Lee County and create 600 new jobs. The company will also invest more than $21 million in the local community. Gartner currently employs more than 1,250 Floridians. The new jobs will include positions in sales, client service, research, finance, and more.
Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce today that Gartner will be expanding in Lee County to create 600 new jobs. Thanks to the hard work of Enterprise Florida and local economic development agencies, hundreds of Floridians in Southwest Florida will have the opportunities they need to find great jobs and provide for their families. This incredible news shows how important it is to continue to make Florida more competitive for job creation wins, and we will continue to fight to make sure our state has all the resources we need to become the job creation capital of the world.”
Gartner began its Fort Myers operation nearly two decades ago. Since then, it has grown to become the company’s second-largest office worldwide. Gartner’s latest commitment to the State of Florida follows the successful construction of two successive 120,000 square foot buildings in Fort Myers in 2012 and 2014, and the development of a new world class training facility in 2016 which totaled more than $46 million in capital investment. The company has also increased its workforce by more than 800 new jobs since 2012, now employing over 1,100 Floridians in Fort Myers. Gartner also employs almost 9,000 associates worldwide, including 1,900 research analysts and consultants, serving clients in more than 10,000 enterprises.
Gene Hall, chief executive officer of Gartner, said, “We appreciate the hard work of Enterprise Florida and the incentives approved by the State of Florida and Lee County. These efforts will help us continue to invest in the local community and support our long-term growth. We look forward to adding new talent to our existing workforce in Southwest Florida.”
This project was made possible through the close partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Lee County Economic Development Office, CareerSource Florida and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “I’m proud that Gartner, one of Southwest Florida’s top employers, has chosen to expand its operations in Fort Myers. While Gartner has offices all across the globe, Florida’s skilled workforce has the talent the company needs to succeed.”
CareerSource Florida has offered Gartner performance-based partial reimbursement grants for employee training through the Quick Response Training (QRT) program. QRT grants are structured to be flexible and responsive to the training needs of new or expanding businesses.
CareerSource Florida President and CEO Michelle Dennard said, “CareerSource Florida is pleased to have assisted Gartner, Inc., with employee skills training through a Quick Response Training grant. The CareerSource Florida network stands ready to help Gartner and Florida businesses of all sizes meet recruiting, hiring and training needs to support their continued success and growth.”
Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman, who is the Economic Development Office liaison for the Lee Board of County Commissioners, said, “These new jobs along with Gartner’s continued investment in Lee County will provide opportunities for generations. Lee County has worked very hard to position itself as one of the most attractive places to live, work and raise a family in the United States.”
Gartner, Inc. (NYSE) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. We deliver the technology-related insight necessary for our clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior information technology (IT) leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to supply chain professionals, digital marketing professionals and technology investors, we are the valuable partner to clients in more than 10,000 distinct enterprises. We work with clients to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual roles. Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has almost 9,000 associates, including 1,900 research analysts and consultants, operating in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses. EFI launched “Florida – The Future is Here” to promote the state as the nation’s premier business destination.