U.S. Treasury approves Florida’s Low Tax Opportunity Zones

Immokalee, Golden Gate, and Naples Manor Will Benefit The federal government has just designated Immokalee, Golden Gate and Naples Manor as Low Tax Opportunity Zones, which will encourage long-term investment and job creation by reducing taxes for businesses that create jobs there. The designation, approved June 14, by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, will […]

TIF students receive expert support at event

NAPLES – A recent networking reception introduced students in The Immokalee Foundation’s programs to more than 20 Southwest Florida professionals from a variety of career fields. The event, held in the offices of the Community Foundation of Collier County, also gave students practical experience in meeting, greeting and conversing in a business environment. Thirty Immokalee […]

Everglades National Park and FWC to expand python removal efforts

HOMESTEAD – Everglades National Park and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are partnering together to expand efforts to remove Burmese pythons from within the park. The partnership will expand the park’s Python Removal Authorized Agent Program by allowing paid FWC contractors to remove pythons in Everglades National Park. The expansion will triple […]

Big Cypress National Preserve sees wettest May on record

The past month was the rainiest May ever recorded in the history of Big Cypress National Preserve, according to hydrologist Robert (Bob) Sobczak, who works for the National Park Service there and writes a blog at www.gohydrology.org. His journal, he writes, “illustrates and celebrates the continuously changing and always interesting wetlands, waterways and watersheds of […]

First1Bank has opened an Immokalee branch

May 29 was the day for the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the First1Bank of Immokalee. The banks current President, Cary Soud said it took 94 years to get a full service bank in Immokalee.The new bank is located at 316 North 15th Street in Immokalee. The newly designed bank compliments the […]

The League Club grants $10,000 to The Immokalee Foundation’s Immokalee Readers program

NAPLES – The Immokalee Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from Southwest Florida’s League Club to support its Immokalee Readers program. Immokalee Readers is an after-school early intervention literacy tutoring program designed to help the lowest-performing young readers by supplementing their regular classroom instruction in reading. The tutors are high school students supervised by certified […]

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 […]

TIF appoints Noemi Perez as new executive director

The board of directors of The Immokalee Foundation has appointed long-time foundation employee Noemi Perez as the organization’s executive director effective July 1, 2018. Steven Kissinger, who has served as the foundation’s executive director since 2014, will assume the position of vice president of Take Stock in Children of Florida on July 1. Perez, who […]

A look at FDOT projects in Immokalee

FDOT plans have a huge effect on how the community can grow so the SR 29 plans there are important for Immokalee. FDOT’s plans for the area south of LaBelle are important for anyone driving that direction, in particular for farm trucks. At this time, there is no accommodation planned for turn lanes to head […]

Motivating Future Leaders

Thanks to Florida Gulf Coast University, FGCU, Immokalee Middle and High School students have an opportunity to participate in the College Reach-Out Program, (CROP). CROP, established in 1983, is a free program developed to inspire underprivileged middle and high school students to overcome odds and become first-generation college graduates. After they receive their degree, the […]