Chamber hosts Roundtable with Redevelopment Agency

The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce (ICOC) and the Community Redevelopment Agency hosted a Roundtable Meeting with Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of DOE at the Boys & Girls Club-Bolch Campus located at 1155 Roberts Ave in Immokalee on May 29 with various community business members.

There was an opened discussion on the following topics:
•Availability of State and Federal Programs
• Initiatives for small business
• Plan’s that will advance Collier County (Immokalee’s vision)
• Economic Development Projects
• Capital Projects
• Infrastructure
• Employment Opportunities

Before starting the questions and answers with Proctor a committee member asked for her first impressions of the Immokalee community. She and her assistant told the committee that she went to two ribbon cutting ceremonies events and was amazed to see so much community involvement. She said that speaks well of the community. Usually the Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies she attends have mostly government officials there and not a lot of community residents. This was not the case in the Immokalee community. Proctor told the committee she was very impressed with what she has viewed so far in Immokalee.

Proctor and her assistant, Julie Dennis began the discussion with the various businesses with an overview of exactly what their jobs entailed and how it could help Immokalee.

After listening very attentively to all the community businesses comments, Proctor and Dennis made a suggestion that Immokalee needs to form its owned “Economic Development Committee” and prioritize the most important needs of Immokalee by different categories. After completing that function Proctor’s staff will come to Immokalee and meet with the committee to help in securing grants, and help with proposals needed to get Immokalee goals accomplished.

ICOC and the community businesses of Immokalee will finally know how to get started with their community needs and find out what grants or proposals are available and appropriate with State and Federal funding.

There were 15 businesses in attendance with lots of questions and comments.

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