Building Thriving Communities: Lee County

February 19, 2016 @ 7:45 am – 11:00 am

Florida Gulf Coast University, Sudgen Hall Ballroom, 10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL.

Join the Promised Lands Section of APA Florida and the ULI of  Southwest Florida as we explore the factors contributing to make for thriving local communities and the roles played by residents, businesses, developers and elected officials in helping to create them. We will examine the elements that challenge, and those that make for, successful, vibrant and healthy communities, along with the important role that market factors, entrepreneurship and national emerging trends play. Keynote speaker and ULI Senior Resident Fellow, Ed McMahon, is nationally known as an inspiring and thought-provoking leading authority on what contributes to the success of communities and their built environments. In his presentation, McMahon will spotlight some examples of successful thriving communities nationally and how those experiences can help guide other communities. In addition to our keynote presentation this Lee County element of our regional program will focus on the emerging efforts of two local growing municipalities – the City of Bonita Springs and the recently incorporated Village of Estero – in their efforts to encourage successful downtown redevelopment and to lay a foundation for new walkable village center communities. This element of the program will give those attending an opportunity to hear directly from knowledgeable speakers and local officials who will provide local insights on their emerging plans to encourage thriving communities in Estero and Bonita Springs. Estero Speakers:Steven Sarkozy, Estero Village Manager; Representative from South Lee Medical Village – Bonita Speakers: Carl Schwing, Bonita Springs City Manager Paul Benson, EBL Partners, will discuss the Longitude Mixed-Use Project. Contact ULI of SW Florida for more information and registration.  Discounted prices for Public Sector, Students and Young Professionals. 3 AICP/CM credits approved.