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Friday, March 13
GROWING CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CONVENES LEADERSHIP CIRCLE TO DEVELOP PLANS
Growing Climate Solutions – Path to Positive Southwest Florida convened an initial meeting of its Leadership Circle on March 10 in Naples, where nearly 60 thought leaders representing the fields of health, education, faith, business, environment and philanthropy reviewed scientific data and began exploring possible solutions to counter climate trends. Attendees were asked to identify possible courses of action that could reduce their carbon footprint, or that of their organization, and help mitigate the changing climate. Ideas filled more than 230 sticky notes, and included action items like purchasing electric vehicles for their companies, establishing a carpool-to-work initiative, creating a community garden, switching to LED lighting, installing native landscaping, emphasizing recycling, installing solar panels, discouraging the use of Styrofoam and plastic bottles, printing fewer documents and more. Growing Climate Solutions is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Collier County, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Florida Gulf Coast University and Conservancy of Southwest Florida, with support from the Kapnick Family Foundation and other future-focused organizations, businesses and individuals. For more information or to become involved with the initiative, visit GrowingClimateSolutions.org.
Thursday, March 12
NAPLES NETWORK SERVICES PARTNERS WITH STICKBOY
Naples Network Services, a family-owned and operated end-to-end IT consulting firm based in Naples, has partnered with Stickboy, an award-winning custom software, mobile app development, and managed IT service company based in Fort Myers. Stickboy specializes in creative thinking and process simplification and is expanding into the Naples area. Naples Network Services has been offering personalized support to small businesses since 2004 in Southwest Florida. The company will now be able to offer a wide variety of innovative services through Stickboy.
Wednesday, March 11
CBIA HONORS PARADE OF HOME WINNERS
The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) presented 27 overall excellence in construction design and merit awards at its Multi-Site Parade of Homes (POH) awards reception held on March 5 at the Hilton Naples. Individual judging sheets sanctioned five sections (exterior, interior, livability/workmanship, floor plan and outstanding feature) with suggested scoring for each section on a scale of (1) Poor to (5) Excellent. Each section included key features to consider such as overall architectural design, outdoor planning (landscaping, decks, pool, lighting) and notable special design features. The 2020 CBIA Parade of Homes will be hosted Friday through March 13-15 and 20-22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Mediterra models will only be open on Saturday and Sunday. The 2020 Parade of Homes offers 54 fully decorated model homes constructed by 18 of Southwest Florida’s premier homebuilders located throughout 30 different communities. CBIA’s annual Parade of Homes recognizes homebuilding excellence within communities located from Marco Island to Estero. For more information about Parade of Homes and the list of winners, visit https://www.paradeofhomesnaples.com/.
Tuesday, March 10
REPORT: NAPLES AMONG TOP METROS FOR YOUNG ADULTS LIVING WITH PARENTS
Naples has the fifth most young adults living with their parents among all medium U.S. metros included in a new report by Lattice Publishing. The report found that 32.9% of young adults in the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island metropolitan area live with their parents, compared to the national rate of 20.1%. In the Naples area, the 10-year change in the percentage of young adults living with parents was 79.6%, while the unemployment rate among young adults living with parents was 10%. The unemployment rate among all young adults in Naples was 3.9%, and the median income among young adults living with parents in Naples was $21,000. The median income among young adults overall in Naples was $28,500. For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results, click here.
Monday, March 9
NEW REPORT FINDS LOW NUMBER OF SIX-FIGURE JOBS IN NAPLES
Three percent of workers in the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island metro area have jobs that typically pay six figures or more, according to researchers at Volusion who analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the U.S. metropolitan areas with the most six-figure occupations. Less than 7% of American workers are employed in occupations paying a median salary of $100,000 or more, the report also shows. In the report, Naples was listed as having a 187.2% change in six-figure employment from 2015 to 2018; 4,050 total employments in six-figure occupations; a median annual wage of $35,160 across all occupations; a most over-index six-figure occupation of personal financial advisors; and highest-paying six-figure occupations of chiropractors, and family and general practitioners. For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results for all metros, click here.
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