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Affordable housing moves forward

September 19, 2022

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Affordable housing moves forward Around 600 units planned for Veterans Blvd PORT CHARLOTTE — Around 600 affordable housing units are planned for 32 acres of Charlotte County-owned land on Veterans…
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Grant helps Charlotte Tech get a plane

September 19, 2022

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Grant helps Charlotte Tech get a plane Aviation maintenance students will learn from used ‘78 Beechcraft PUNTA GORDA — Students enrolled in Charlotte Technical College’s Aviation Airframe Mechanics program now…
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Equus Breaks Ground on the Florida Gulf Coast 75 Logistics Center in Punta Gorda, Florida

August 04, 2022

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AUGUST 4, 2022 - Equus Capital Partners, Ltd. (“Equus”), one of the nation’s leading developers and real estate investment managers, announced that it has broken ground on a 378,000 square-foot…
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Babcock Ranch Top 10 in New Home Sales in Master-Planned Communities

July 27, 2022

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In Summary Total new home sales among the 50 Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities declined by 18% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same time period last year. Supply chain issues…
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Hurricane Season Preparedness Webinar - June 2022

June 16, 2022

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The Charlotte County Economic Development Office partnered with the Small Business Development Center at  Florida Gulf Coast University, CareerSource Southwest Florida, Charlotte County Emergency Management, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Punta Gorda…
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SBA Approves Over $1 Million in Disaster Loans in Florida; Physical Disaster Loan Application Deadline July 1

June 16, 2022

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ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 12 disaster loans in the amount of $1,034,900 for Florida businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and tornadoes…
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$3 Million in State Funding Approved For New Aviation Technician Facility

June 03, 2022

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PUNTA GORDA, FL (June 3, 2022) – The Charlotte County Airport Authority (CCAA) is pleased to announce that $3 million was approved in the Florida State Budget for a new combined…
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We explore economic development across SWFL with a focus on Charlotte County

May 24, 2022

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Lee county added about 23,000 more residents in 2021. This pace of growth like that isn’t unique to Southwest Florida. Just take Charlotte County: data shows there will soon be…
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Punta Gorda called a good spot to relocate a business HQ

May 23, 2022

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Elon, buddy, have you heard of Punta Gorda? A little slice of paradise along Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s about an hour drive south from Sarasota or north from Naples. And…
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Charlotte County’s Sunseeker resort plans to bring a unique experience to SWFL in 2023

May 11, 2022

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — “There’s nothing like Sunseeker. There’s nothing like Sunseeker in the country. This is a unique product especially to SWFL,” Charlotte County’s Economic Development Director Dave Gammon…
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Two counties in the region lead the way nationally in population growth

May 02, 2022

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More than 1,800 counties nationwide posted population increases in 2021. Of those, two counties on the west coast of Florida — Polk and Lee — ranked among the top 10…
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Wright Construction Group begins construction on Punta Gorda Airport

April 22, 2022

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Construction began on the Runway 4-22 Rehabilitation Project at Punta Gorda Airport. As a part of the outlined scope for the project being handled by Wright Construction Group, the 7,000-foot…
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Florida is a national leader in business startups

March 18, 2022

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New business starts are coming in fast nationwide and Florida is galloping to the lead. Nearly six million applications for new businesses were filed from January 2021 through January 2022,…
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Renovation plan revealed

March 01, 2022

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PORT CHARLOTTE — The Promenades Mall owner submitted a redevelopment plan with 1,100 apartments, office and retail space all mixed together adjacent to the Charlotte County’s hospital hub. Currently, the 26-acre long-standing…
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Mall sold to debt holder for $100K

March 01, 2022

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MURDOCK — Bond holders owed $44.8 million for the bankrupt Port Charlotte Town Center mall now own most of the facility after they ended up the high bid of $100,100. …
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Florida Tech Jobs: The 10 Best Areas to Work [2021]

October 04, 2021

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Finance Buzz Article Tech is one of the fastest-growing employment sectors in America, and as the industry has grown, specific cities have become major hubs for technology companies. All kinds…
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MSA’s efforts yield measurable, meaningful growth.

August 30, 2021

Florida’s Punta Gorda-Charlotte County MSA rises to #11 in Milken Institute’s “Best Performing Cities” ranking. A rise that lifts all boats: In this year’s Milken Institute Best Performing Cities Index,…
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August 2021


Can firm deliver FedEx to Punta Gorda?

August 18, 2021

Planned 250,000-squarefoot building would be among largest in city. PUNTA GORDA — A North Carolina based commercial real estate development firm has received preliminary approval to build a 250,000-square-foot distribution…
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Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor could open by early 2023

August 04, 2021

PORT CHARLOTTE — Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the frame of the unfinished Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor has become a familiar sight for anyone who regularly passes between…
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July 2021


Allegiant announces Sunseeker restart

July 29, 2021

Seventeen months of uncertainty ended Wednesday as Allegiant Air President John Redmond announced that the company will resume construction of the stalled Sunseeker resort with a $350 million loan.  He…
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June 2021


Punta Gorda Built Right acquired by Fluidra

June 23, 2021

PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA, June 16, 2021:  The Charlotte County Economic Development Office announces that Fluidra, a Spanish owned company and global leader in pool and wellness equipment, has completed the…
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April 2021


$2 million aircraft engine lands. Student learning takes off.

April 22, 2021

  $2 million aircraft engine lands. Student learning takes off.   Donation of Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine lifts Charlotte Technical College A&P airframe mechanics program to the top of…
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