Sunny Outlook

Excerpts from Glen Salyer's (Economic Development Analyst with the Economic Development Office of Lee County) article featured in the Fort Myers News Press.
The Southwest Florida residential real estate market's return to the planet Earth seems to be the topic on nearly everyone's lips these days. Perhaps less discussed are the positive growth trends shaping Lee 'county's continued economic expansion.
Among the 100 fastest-growing counties natrionwide, Lee County's population numbered 585,608 in 2006, according to the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research. The bureau projects more rapid growth in years to come, prediction that our population will approach 675,000 residents by 2010.
A recent survey conducted by a national employment services firm pointed to additional strength, forecasting the Southwest Florida job market to be the second strongest in the country during the second quarter of 2007.
In 2006 our new airport served more than 7.6 million passengers including 17.2 percent more international travelers than the previous year.
We have seen an up tick in real estate sales this April as buyers are taking advantage of the low real estate prices.
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