Business Growth

Southwest Florida provides a positive environment to start and expand your business. Here are just a few reasons businesses are flocking to this region:

  1. Florida has no personal income tax. In 2018, the Tax Foundation ranked the state No. 4 on its State Tax Climate Index.
  2. Location, location, location. Lee County is well located for convenient business travel. The area is located along I-75, putting it within just a few hours of Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) served more than 8.8 million passengers in 2017, and is one of the top 50 airports in the country for passenger traffic. Lee County is also home to Page Field, a business and general aviation airport.
  3. Southwest Florida is home to a growing talent base. Home to several universities, colleges and technical schools, Southwest Florida is rapidly producing a young and well-educated workforce. Ample career opportunities for emerging professionals, as well as beautiful weather that allows year-round outdoor activities are encouraging more and more professionals to migrate to and stay in the region.

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Our efforts

The South Lee EDC works to ensure the growth and prosperity of our community for local business through:

  • Serving as the resource for South Lee County-based businesses to retain employees and grow.
  • Promoting smart, sustainable growth to create high-wage jobs while protecting and improving the quality of life.
  • Collaborating with the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance to attract new businesses to the region through national and international marketing campaigns.

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