Inside the City of Cape Coral,
Florida Economic Development Office
The City of Cape Coral is the only city in Southwest Florida to fund its own Economic Development Office (EDO). The Economic Development Office (EDO) is overseen by the City Manager. The EDO is responsible for attracting new investors and businesses to Cape Coral, promoting the growth of existing businesses, and for creating new and improved employment opportunities for residents. The EDO is staffed by four, under the lead of the Economic Developmemt Director. Our mission is the continuous improvement of the Cape Coral business environment. We want to make your experience of doing business in Cape Coral the best it can be, according to our motto: Business Friendly is our Business.
These are some of the services the Economic Development Office provides:
- Global publicity and advertising
- Market research
- Customized financial incentives
- Business ombudsman and advocacy
- Business location assistance
- International Trade Resources
- New Business Chats
- Small Business Development Center funding
From the coordination of the application process for customized business incentives to numerous business resources on our comprehensive website – we support current and prospective Cape Coral businesses with expansion and relocation resources. The EDO provides economic development consulting services free of charge for every Cape Coral business and businesses who are considering moving to Cape Coral. Our goal is the attraction of targeted businesses in order to diversify and strengthen our local economy, balance the city’s tax base, and continuously improve the quality of life for our residents and visitors.
The EDO budget also funds the Cape Coral satellite office of the FGCU-Small Business Development Center (SBDC) that provides free personalized business counseling, economic development consulting, and outsources marketing services to private sector firms in the area.
Our economic development professionals track emerging industries and targets of opportunity to help businesses identify potential areas to consider for relocation or expansion. The EDO works in conjunction with other departments to define and map current and future land requirements for retail, office and industrial uses, as well as to create optimal density for industrial and economic business development. Please contact the Economic Development Office today for resource information for your business in Cape Coral, or to find out which Cape Coral location will be best suited for your specific business.
Our EDO team serves a liaison between businesses and City departments when dealing with such issues as regulations, zoning, permitting, etc. Our customer advocate program will help you to navigate the permitting process. The EDO creates leverage to improve the business environment through process streamlining and regulation reform. Call us when you don’t get a quick answer from other City departments. Your timeline is our timeline!