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 Business Development in Southwest Florida

The goal of Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance is to draw business development to the five counties comprising Southwest Florida, including Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades County. We want to be a marketing engine for Southwest Florida to promote businesses growth to the region. The Alliance serves as a non-parochial economic development coordinator to site selectors, real estate consultants and targeted companies, working in collaboration with the local economic development organizations. If you want to know more about Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance, learn more about the history of our organization.


Dr. Jerry Parrish

By the Numbers – Florida’s Job Score

The Perfect Climate – From Beaches or Boardrooms

Sure, you know about Southwest Florida’s quality of life. In addition to our sunshine, our business climate is a major attraction, earning top marks for workforce, education, technology, innovation, and access to capital. That is why many global, Fortune-type companies like Chico’s FAS, Hertz, Arthrex, and U.S. Sugar are all headquartered here.

The five counties of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades comprise 1.3 million residents, a workforce of over 500,000 with prime available locations including acreage, office space, warehousing, and manufacturing.

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Florida is committed to attracting and retaining businesses: we were named the No. 2 best state for business by Chief Executive Magazine, the third largest state for high-tech establishments (TechAmerica Cyberstates) and No. 4 for talent pipeline (U.S. Chamber of Commerce).

In Southwest Florida, government, business, community leaders, and our educational institutions are working in concert to create a vibrant regional economy that welcomes and encourages growth and expansion.  Our partnership, Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance, has a collective, collaborative focus on the recruitment, retention, and creation of high-wage jobs.

A growth region that is business-friendly, affordable, and with a high quality of life.  Let us show you why Southwest Florida is the right home for you.