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Estero Economic Development Council



Purpose of the Office for Economic Development


The purpose of the Office for Economic Development, within the Chamber of Commerce, is to advance the opportunities for both profit and not-for-profit organizations to establish, grow and prosper within the community of Estero. In addition, the office is committed to assuring that a high standard for quality of life is maintained for new and current residents as the community expands. Finally, the office will participate in all regional initiatives that serve the greater good of Southwest Florida communities.


Economic Development Council Members


Jordan Azis


Technology Advisor


Warren Baucom

Lee County Economic Development Office

Director, Partnerships & Entrepreneurial Activities


Gary Bonvillian, Ph.D.

Estero Chamber of Commerce

Director of Economic Development


Peg Elmore

Director of Business Services

CareerSource Southwest Florida


Mary Gibbs, AICP

Village of Estero Director of Community Development


Dr. Amir Borges Ferreira Neto

Director of Florida Gulf Coast University

Regional Economic Research Institute


Steve Sarkozy

Estero Village Manager


Ex Officio Members


Nolen Rollins


Estero Chamber of Commerce


Pamela Mueller

Executive Director

Estero Chamber of Commerce



The Village of Estero Council and Staff

The Estero Council of Community Leaders

Horizon Council of Lee County Economic Development

Career Source of Southwest Florida

Lee County Economic Development Office

Florida Gulf Coast University

Regional Economic Research Institute

Local and Regional Business Enterprises

Not for Profit and Faith-Based Organizations

Educational Enterprises

Local Board of Realtors



Current Initiatives


The Office of Economic Development is currently working with the Regional Economic Research Institute, and Florida Gulf Coast University, on a proposal to conduct a comprehensive study of Estero’s opportunities for growth and prosperity as a community. The study, which will be entitled, Assessment and Strategy Recommendations for Economic Development in the Community of Estero, will include the following:


History and Evolution of Estero as a Community

Strategic Objectives for Estero’s Future

An Assessment of Major Contributing Factors in Estero’s Economic Development to include…

Existing initiatives directed at economic development

Estero’s capacity for expansion

Workforce analysis

Educational resources

Status of existing enterprises

Rising industries

Creation of a Village Center


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