Gulfshore Business Daily: Weekly Roundup

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Need to catch up on business news in Southwest Florida? No problem, here are the top stories of the week, pulled from our daily newsletter, Gulfshore Business Daily.

Friday, Dec. 22

Airport Authority to Kick off Master Plan Study

The City of Naples Airport Authority will hold a public, informational open house, to kick off its master plan study. The public open house will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Naples Airport Commercial Airline Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive. The master plan, last updated in 1997, will support Naples Airport Authority in achieving strategic goals and result in a plan for safe, efficient and environmentally conscious airport facilities to meet the current and long-term transportation needs of the community. All interested members of the public are encouraged to attend and provide input. This will be the first of several open houses to be held during the two-year study. More information can be found here.

Thursday, Dec. 21

RSW Passenger Traffic Up in November

During November, 767,064 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, an increase of 5.4 percent compared with November 2016. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 2.6 percent from the same period last year. The traffic leader in November was Southwest with 147,420 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Delta Air Lines (122,900), American (112,620), JetBlue (106,422) and Spirit (81,373). Southwest Florida International Airport had 6,983 aircraft operations, an increase of 3.5 percent compared with November 2016. Page Field saw 7,781 operations, a 25 percent decrease from November 2016. In addition, more than 2.9 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in November 2017.

RELATED READ: Taking Flight: On the job with Jeff Mulder, executive director of Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field


Wednesday, Dec. 20

Lee Health Corporate Office Construction Continues

R.D. Johnson Construction Inc. has completed construction management services for the third-floor renovations of the GE building at 4211 Metro Parkway in Fort Myers, owned by Lee Health to house its corporate staff. An ongoing project, R.D. Johnson is working floor-by-floor to renovate the space. Starting on the third floor, R.D. Johnson completed an interior renovation of the 23,000-square-foot space, upgrading the office facility with a contemporary design and efficient modular wall partitions. The R.D. Johnson construction team completed the project, which was led by Aaron Harder as project manager, Chrissy Zimmerman as project manager assistant and Ron Roker as job superintendent. Burt Hill of Pollock Krieg Architects Inc. served as project architect.

RELATED READ: Taking Charge of an Opportunity: Power advice from Dr. Larry Antonucci, president and CEO of Lee Health


Tuesday, Dec. 19

Hodges Names New President

Hodges University has welcomed John Meyer as its new president. The appointment was made in conjunction with the university’s ongoing strategic directives to ensure academic quality for a diverse student population and drive innovation to meet the needs of the larger Southwest Florida community. Meyer brings more than 20 years of education experience to the role. Most recently, he served as Hodges executive vice president of academic affairs, with past engagements that include dean of business and technology at Florida SouthWestern State College and program chair of the management program at Hodges University. Meyer holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree in management from Argosy University Sarasota, and Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting from Hodges University.

Monday, Dec. 18

Youth Haven Earns Top Rating

For the third consecutive year, Youth Haven has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-star rating. Their accountability and transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. Only 18 percent of all nonprofit organizations reviewed have received the top designation for three consecutive years.

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