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Increase in job demand

Cape Coral Breeze, August 18, 2012
Unemployment numbers still tick upward but is Florida one of eight states to report job growth.

Starwood to Open First Full-Service Property in Southwest Florida

News-Press, July 20, 2012
Starwood will manage The Westin Resort at Tarpon Point Marina, which is scheduled to open in late 2012 and offer 262 oversize rooms and suites, world-class resort facilities, meeting space and several dining outlets. The Westin Resort at Tarpon Point Marina will inspire well-being in an exclusive waterfront setting.

Officials hold ceremonial groundbreaking for Cape Army Reserve Center

News-Press, July 28, 2012
A ceremonial groundbreaking moved a new $13.5 million, 46,600 square foot Army Reserve Center in Cape Coral off the drawing board and one step closer to reality, as local officials welcomed the facility and the Army pledged to be a “good neighbor and citizen” of Cape Coral.

Cape Coral Company Reshaped Itself and is Growing

News-Press, July 21. 2012
Turbine maintenance company cultivates a culture for success through detailed systems and procedures and open communication with employees.

Golden Corral Coming to Cape Coral

News-Press, July 19, 2012
Golden Corral, with its buffet-style eating and chocolate fountain, is coming to
Cape Coral. The restaurant, which will be located at Pine Island Road and Andalusia
Boulevard, could open in time for the Christmas holidays and could employ
approximately 100 people. It will be the second Golden Corral in Lee County.

Cape Coral Businesses and Residents Prepare for Pine Island Road Widening

News-Press, July 11, 2012
Dozens of owners and area residents showed up for an informational meeting hosted by the Florida Department of Transportation, which is expanding Pine Island Road from two to four lanes along the stretch from Chiquita Boulevard to Burnt Store Road.

Economic Development Office Launches Commercial Property Portal

June 28, 2012 - The City of Cape Coral Economic Development Office (EDO) is introducing a new way to send leads to commercial property agents through a new “Commercial Property Portal” on the EDO website. It is developing a database of commercial realtors, brokers, sellers' agents, property owners and developers with sites in Cape Coral to inform them quickly of new property needs. The goal of the portal is to create a streamlined process to supply site selectors and clients with a tailored “snapshot” of properties that match their specific needs. A periodic e-blast will notify registered subscribers of specific properties sought for EDO clients. New property requests will also be posted on the EDO website,

Forbes Ranks Cape Coral in the Top 25 Places to Retire in 2012

News-Press, June 23, 2012
City leaders are hoping the recent Forbes ranking of Cape Coral as one of the Top 25 Places to Retire in 2012 will bring with it an infusion of outside money. “It gives us some very good publicity,” said Mayor John Sullivan. “It could help bring in more residents.”

VA Clinic Wait Almost Over

News-Press June 13, 2012
Cape Coral’s $51 million Veterans Affairs clinic, expected to open in five to seven months, was toured for the first time Tuesday by Suzanne Klinker, director of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, which provides health services to veterans in West Central and Southwest Florida. The VA system officially assumed control of the building May 5.

Cape Coral Primed to Become a Business Destination

The Cape Coral Breeze, May 12, 2012
Dana Brunett, Cape Coral Economic Development director, and Jim Moore, director of the Lee County Economic Development office, spoke at the CCCIA meeting to a packed house about the progress of the area's economic development in a discussion moderated by Wayne Kirkwood, president of the Horizon Council. The focus was on how to put Cape Coral on the map for site selectors as a place for businesses to come and grow.

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