RSW Traffic up in August

Plus: Leadership University brings a series to SWFL, a Naples closed home sales report, and ENPYs finalists are selected.

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, Sept. 21


During August, 501,023 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, an increase of 4.1 percent compared with August 2017. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 5.1 percent from the same period last year. The traffic leader in August was Delta Air Lines with 124,596 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were American (90,455), Southwest (85,612), JetBlue (65,209) and United (44,456). Southwest Florida International Airport had 4,451 aircraft operations, a decrease of 4.1 percent compared with August 2017. Page Field saw 7,798 operations, a 12.8 percent increase from August 2017. In addition, slightly more than 2.7 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in August 2018. For more information, visit

Thursday, Sept. 20


Leaders in health care will converge in Southwest Florida for an eight-month Leadership University program beginning in December 2018. Presented by Gulf Coast Village, Volunteers of America and, Leadership University is a nationally proven program for long-term care, acute and clinical health professionals. The program features six days of teaching, interactive activities, discussions, self-exploration, guest speakers and goal setting designed for healthcare professionals. Leadership University will be led by Dr. Linda Shell, a nationally recognized expert and keynote speaker in the field of aging services. The Leadership University program includes four sessions offered on select dates in 2018 and 2019 at Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral. The six-day program is $999 per person. Early bird pricing is available through Oct. 15 and a discounted rate is offered for teams of three or more. For more information or to register for Leadership University, visit, call (952) 960-0806 or email

Wednesday, Sept. 19


The city of Naples proclaimed Sept. 24-30 as Baby Basics of Collier County Week at its Sept. 17 city council meeting. Baby Basics of Collier County Week is in support of the National Diaper Bank’s annual Diaper Need Awareness Week, an initiative created to bring national attention and mobilize efforts to end diaper need or the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry, and healthy. Baby Basics of Collier County has impacted more than 1,600 families in Collier County and Bonita Springs by providing over 7.5 million diapers since it began in 2004. Families interested in the program are referred from local social service agencies and are screened for qualification. Baby Basics is an all-volunteer organization. All contributions and sponsorship funds, except those specifically earmarked for administrative costs, are used to purchase diapers. For more information, visit or contact Jean Ann Lynch at  

Tuesday, Sept. 18


The Cape Coral Community Foundation has named 30 finalists for the second annual Excellence in Nonprofit Performance Yearly Awards (ENPYs). The awards luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Crowne Plaza Bell Tower in Fort Myers. A panel of impartial non-local judges selected three finalists from an online nomination process in each of the following categories: Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year, Nonprofit Organization of the Year, Nonprofit Executive of the Year, Nonprofit Employee of the Year, Business Partner of the Year, Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year, and Nonprofit Rising Organization of the Year. In addition, the Paul Sanborn Service Above Self Award, the Elmer Tabor Generosity Award and the Community Impact Award will be presented to three inspirational individuals. The Organization of the Year and Rising Organization of the Year will each be awarded a grant from the Cape Coral Community Foundation. For the full list of ENPYs finalists and more, visit

Monday, Sept. 17


Closed sales of properties during August increased 5 percent to 719 homes from 685 homes in August 2017, according to the August 2018 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS, (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Inventory during August also rose by 2 percent and was driven by a surge of 218 more properties added to the market in the two lowest price categories reported, compared to August 2017. The new inventory in August appeared in the single-family home market for properties below $500,000, yet, closed sales during August were driven by activity in the condominium market, which experienced a 21 percent increase. To view the entire report, visit

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