December 5, 2019

Business Florida 2017 - The Regions

Diverse and dynamic

| 9/22/2016

Southwest

Need talent? Southwest’s pool of workers age 25-54 is projected to increase 15.6% by 2025. (University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research)

Diversity is fast becoming a hallmark of this region. From 2007 to 2012, Hispanic-owned firms increased by 44% in Collier County and by 39% in Lee County. (Survey of Business Owners, U.S. Census Bureau)

Four deep water ports within an average 160-mile radius provide ready access to domestic and international markets for companies with global ambitions.

Southwest
  • Population: 1,232,402
  • Labor Force: 549,650
  • Household EBI: $43,523
  • Universities/Colleges: 4
  • Commercial Airports: 3

Currently home to 700,000 residents, Fort Myers and surrounding Lee County are expected to gain at least another 40,000 by 2020. Many of the area’s newest residents are millennials, drawn to this region by economic opportunity and a superior quality of life.

INDUSTRY SECTORS

Technology

FORT MYERS Tech advisory firm Gartner has announced plans to hire as many as 900 people for positions in sales, client service and finance at its Gateway campus by 2019. The company, which currently employs 1,100 in southwest Florida — more than the number working at its headquarters in Stamford, Conn. — is a leading provider of information technology research to corporations, government agencies and investors.

BONITA SPRINGS Software solutions provider eMaint Enterprises with operations centers in New Jersey and Ireland has elected to expand in Florida where the firm established its headquarters in 1986. A leader in Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS), eMaint will relocate from Estero to Bonita Springs and add 150 jobs.

Key Players

Gartner | Fort Myers

Settling In After operating for two years out of temporary sites in Naples and Bonita Springs, all 625 Hertz headquarters employees are finally together under one roof in southwest Florida. The company’s new 248,600-sq.-ft. headquarters building opened in January 2016 on 34 acres in Estero, with the capacity to add another 200 staff members as needed.

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