The annual awards are presented by the Horizon Council, an advisory group to the Lee County Board of Commissioners and Fort Myers Regional Partnership, Lee County’s Economic Development Office. Industry Appreciation Week is a statewide event designed to create public awareness about how industry boosts the state’s economy.
The local event drew a record crowd of over 1,000 Lee County government, business and community leaders to celebrate the significant contributions of the business community in Lee County and to increase public awareness of how industries boost the state’s economy and improve the quality of life in the communities in which they are located.
Presenting the awards were Wayne Kirkwood, Horizon Foundation President/Horizon Foundation Task Force Chair, Bob Koenig, Chair of the Fort Myers Regional Partnership, Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass, and Glen Salyer, Interim Executive Director, The Fort Myers Regional Partnership.
The 2013 Horizon Council award winners were chosen based on an exceptional level of demonstrated leadership, innovation, investment, and community involvement:
· General Business Award/Small:
· General Business Award/Large:
· Tourism Award: Hyatt Place Fort Myers at The Forum
· Manufacturing Award: Palm Printing/Printers Ink Corp.
· Business Expansion Award: Chico’s
· Newcomer Award: Entertainment Metals
About Rick Williams
Rick Williams is seeking elective office on the Cape Coral City Council, District 6 in the November 5, 2013 city-wide general election. He wants to lower taxes, control spending, and create a more business-friendly city to attract new businesses. As a fiscal conservative, he seeks to develop more public-private collaboration between Cape Coral and its residents and businesses without the need for excessive, crippling new taxes that thwart growth. For more information on his positions, visit http://rickforcapecoral.com/
Williams is a U.S. Navy veteran with 22 years of service maintaining high tech computers and radars on ships’ weapons systems. He also has years of civilian biomedical engineering and management experience, together with GE Six Sigma training and a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Williams has been a resident of northwest Cape Coral for nine years and has been highly involved in issues affecting the vitality and growth of Cape Coral and Lee County. For more information, call (239) 205-0686.
About The Fort Myers Regional Partnership
The Fort Myers Regional Partnership promotes and builds the region through ongoing efforts from its proactive team of domestic and international recruiters, research staff and community liaisons, as well as through its partnerships with the Horizon Council and the Lee County Industrial Development Authority. It seeks to attract new and diversified businesses resulting in high-wage, high-skilled jobs, retains and encourages the expansion of existing businesses, and improves the overall business environment. For more information, visit http://www.fortmyersregionalpartnership.com.
About Horizon Council
The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues that improve the business environment in Lee County, retain and encourage the expansion of existing businesses, and attract new and diversified employment to the area. The Council is comprised of up to 80 members representing five cities (, 10 chambers of commerce, 16 economic development and trade organizations, and 14 community, business, and education organizations, along with various officers and at-large members. For more information, visit