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Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida Enterprise Community

Lead Entity
: The Community Foundation of Collier County 

Demographics State: Florida
Counties: Collier (0112.3, 0113, 0114) and Hendry (9602)
Tribes: Seminole Tribe of Florida
Community Population: 24,434
Net Land Area: 751 square miles
Poverty Rate: 38%

Background

Community Overview 

The economy of rural Southwest Florida has been and continues to be based primarily on agriculture, which has not kept pace with job growth throughout the state of Florida. The area continues to have lower earned income, higher unemployment, lower property values and fewer opportunities for employment. Any employment growth has been concentrated in lower wage sectors that are highly vulnerable to cyclical changes in economic conditions. Regionally, the major economic contributors are retirement, tourism, construction, agriculture and the environment. 

Strategic Plan Highlights 

With the implementation of the strategic plan, the community strives to balance economic and community development.

Partnerships 

Various partners within the community have given technical assistance and in-kind contributions to the development and implementation of the strategic plan. Partners include non-profits, local governments, area businesses, public schools and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. 

Leveraging 

The Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida has identified a range of organizations at the federal, state, and local level for funds, technical assistance and in-kind contributions. 

Community Involvement 

Outreach was made to all segments of the community. Meeting notices and surveys were published in English, Spanish and Creole. Community meetings were held where each of the ethnic groups (Hispanic, Haitian, African American and White) were represented and translation was provided at all the meetings. There is a strong sense of unity and involvement within the community. Residents voiced their continued support and participation with the implementation of their strategic plan.

Contact:

Barbara Cacchione

Address:

2400 Tamiami Trail North, #300

 

Naples, Florida 34103

Telephone:

(941) 649-5000

Fax: (941) 649-5337

Email:

bcacchione@comcast.net

Website: http://aps.naples.net/community/NFNWebpages/storyboard.cfm?StoryBoardNum=229&PageNum=1

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