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which will then create jobs and spur business activity. EDO is assisting Committee staff as they draft the bill, pulling support from Cisco DeVries of Renewable Funding LLC, keynote speaker from Energy Options Conference of November 2009.

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        BOCC approved $5.5 million in recovery zone bonds for construction of hotel to be built near Sports Park on State Road 776. Sports Park Hospitality, LLC will advance its plans to build MainStay Suites, which will have 72 rooms -project still in design phase, hopes that once completed, Tampa Bay Rays will make hotel their spring training home. There are also plans to run events such as youth baseball camps through the hotel.

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        Joint Workshop BOCC CH Community Redevelopment Agency Adv Committee approved Work Plan for 2010-2011.

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        1st Public Meeting of EDO Working Group on 3/31/10. County officials, business rep’s, citizens discussed ways to develop incentive programs for new and existing business, and strategic plans; action items.

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        EDO submitted Google’s request for information (RFI) in search of a "test community" for new “ultra” high-speed Internet. Google is planning on building and testing "ultra" high-speed broadband networks in one, or a number of trial locations across the country which will deliver speeds of more than "100 times faster" than what most Americans have access to today. EDO released a survey to gauge community’s residential and business Internet usage and after 2 weeks, received over 2,300 responses. As part of the RFI, EDO submitted a proposal, suggesting that Google use the 871-acre Murdock Village as an operations hub for its broadband initiative and rename it Google Technology Park. Although over 600 communities have applied, the EDO remains hopeful that proposal will catch Google’s attention.

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        Director accepted Proclamation, naming 3/22/10 – 3/28/10 as “Google Recruitment Week.” Proclamation is another effort from County to show support for initiative Google, Inc. has launched to add a High-speed Fiber Internet Network to select few “test” communities in the

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        Met with rep of FPL discussed costs associated with providing 3 Phase electric to facilitate recruitment of new business into County, efforts to recruit and maintain existing businesses continue with: 43 pending prospects.

  • Appointments with 15 local businesses:

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      8 new projects reviewed; custom presentations developed for 6 businesses.

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        Provided 18 external companies & 27 County Dept’s demographic market data packets.

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        2 incentive packages.

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        2 impact analyses.

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        Met 6 business owners provided info on Business Retention and Expansion program and completed appropriate follow-up.

  • Meetings:

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        International Level

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        European Business Council

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        European American Network

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    National Level

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      US Department of Energy teleconference

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      State Level

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        Senator Mike Bennett teleconference

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        Growth Options for the 21st Century

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        Teleconference Pharma Bio on Make What You Take™

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      Regional Level

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        Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board

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        Southwest Florida Economic Development Partnership

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        Southwest Florida ULI

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        Ford & Associates

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      Local Level

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        Directors’ Meetings

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