The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) will host a virtual panel of local businesses that have responded and adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ZOOM event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 9. The featured speakers include Matthew Johnson, executive director of IMAG History & Science Center and chairman of the Florida Attractions Association; Brian Podlasek, owner of The Island Cow on Sanibel Island; and Jen Whyte, co-founder and co-owner of Fort Myers Brewing Co. The panel members will discuss creative and out-of-the-box accommodations they have made to continue serving their clients and community. This webinar is for public relations professionals interested in gaining real-time crisis communications knowledge and learning more about businesses in Lee County. The event is $5 for students, $10 for members and $20 for future members. Register here
. Monthly FPRA webinars will be available at fpraswfl.org
for members who cannot attend live.
Collier, Charlotte and Lee Counties are among the top Florida counties where Social Security is most durable, according to a new report from SmartAsset. The sixth-annual study measures Social Security income, cost of living data and taxes in counties across the U.S. to determine where people are getting the most mileage out of Social Security. Collier County
ranked No. 4 with a reported $22,332 cost of living, $23,897 annual Social Security, no taxed Social Security, and “Social Security Goes the Farthest Index” of 82.57. Charlotte County
ranked No. 7 with a reported $20,700 cost of living, $22,062 annual Social Security, no taxes Social Security, and “social Security Goes the Farthest Index” of 81.74. Lee County
ranked No. 9 with a reported $21,408 cost of living, $22,209 annual Social Security, no taxed Social Security, and “Social Security Goes the Farthest Index” of 79.45. The full study, methodology and interactive map can be found here
The importance of completing the 2020 Census is especially clear as local communities respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participating in the Census every 10 years ensures that Southwest Florida receives its share of federal funding, such as the $134 million targeted for Lee County COVID-19 relief through the CARES Act. So far, though, about 54% of the Lee County population has responded, lagging behind both the national rate of 59% and the Florida rate of 57%. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to state and local communities for the next decade. For the first time, the Census is available to complete online at my2020census.gov
or by phone at 844-330-2020. It’s easy and secure. Residents also may participate by mail, as usual. By mid-August, field workers will be deployed to locate anyone who has not completed a Census form.