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March 2, 2018  Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee celebrates Immokalee Culinary Connection Day

May 23, 2017  Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee receives USDA grant

April 21, 2017  Collier County to welcome French delegation for economic trade mission 

April 14, 2017 Award-winning chef pairs with Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee

Feb. 24, 2017 Collier County to hold groundbreaking event for the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee 

Dec. 12, 2016 ACI Worldwide Expands Operations in Florida with New Opportunities and Capital Investment


June 6, 2016 USDA designates Immokalee as a Promise Zone


Press releases and news about the Naples Accelerator and the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee


Economic Development News Articles


April 15, 2018  ABC-Naples Daily News Behind the Headlines video on the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee

April 10, 2018  WINK News story and video New Culinary incubator to help small business owners comes to Immokalee

March 28, 2018 Naples Daily News Immokalee culinary accelerator shows itself off, with tours and food -- video

March 22, 2018  NBC-2   Commercial kitchen business helps Immokalee diversify economy

March 22, 2018  WINK News Immokalee commercial kitchen offers food enthusiasts tools to launch business

Jan. 8, 2018    Naples Daily News   Arthrex headquarters expansion among top happenings for business in 2018

Dec. 15, 2017  Immokalee Bulletin Culinary accelerator in Immokalee nears completion 

Dec. 5, 2017    Naples Daily News  French entrepreneurs seek partners, investors in Naples 

Nov. 15, 2017  Naples Daily News  Collier commissioners approve funding for business accelerators, but raise concerns

Nov. 14, 2017   Naples Daily News  Collier commissioners to discuss funding for accelerators, some fear cuts

Sept. 18, 2017  Naples Daily News Consul general of France visits business accelerator in Collier County

Sept. 18, 2017 Naples Daily News Recovery Center opens to help Collier County businesses hurt by Hurricane Irma

June 2017       Gulfshore Life magazine Immokalee Gets Some (Michelin) Star Power

May 24, 2017  Naples Daily News Immokalee culinary accelerator wins federal grant for high-end equipment

May 19, 2017  Business Observer Naples Accelerator member Local Greens builds hydroponic greenhouse in Naples

May 16, 2017  Naples Daily News Legislative budget includes $1.2M for Collier County's business accelerators

May 3, 2017    Business Observer  Michelin three-star chef partners with culinary accelerator

April 28, 2017  Immokalee Bulletin Chef Christian Le Squer: Immokalee’s latest asset

April 27, 2017  Coastal Breeze News   Chef partners with culinary accelerator

April 26, 2017  The Daily Meal  French 3-Star Chef Christian Le Squer Announces First U.S. Contract With Florida Culinary Accelerator Program

April 26, 2017  Florida Now News  French 3-Star Chef Christian Le Squer Announces First U.S. Contract With Florida Culinary Accelerator Program

April 24, 2017  Naples Daily News  Young French companies searching for U.S. opportunities

April 22, 2017  Naples Daily News  Chef Christian Le Squer from France tours Immokalee for culinary project

April 17, 2017  Naples Daily News  Michelin-rated chef from Paris to be Immokalee mentor 

March 10, 2017 Immokalee Bulletin Groundbreaking for culinary accelerator.

March 9, 2017 Naples Daily News Young French entrepreneurs visit Naples area to pitch their products.

March 3, 2017 Naples Daily News Kudos! Editorial. Culinary accelerator will promote business expansion 

March 3, 2017 Business Observer Chefs get new workspace

March 2, 2017 NBC-2 Immokalee culinary accelerator almost ready for business

March 2, 2017 Telemundo En marcha proyecto de acelerador culinario en Immokalee.

March 2, 2017  Naples Daily News Construction underway at Immokalee culinary business accelerator

Jan. 8, 2017  Naples Daily News NerdWallet: Naples is one of the best places to start a business in Florida

Dec. 29, 2016  Naples Daily News Editorial: Finally, progress in diversifying economy

Dec. 13, 2016  Naples Herald  ACI Worldwide is Project ICE; Gets State and Local Incentives

Dec. 12, 2016  (Fort Myers) News-Press   'Project Ice' revealed as headquarters expansion for ACI

Dec. 12, 2016  Naples Daily News   'Project Ice' revealed as headquarters expansion for ACI

Nov. 17, 2016  Naples Daily News   Collier County’s Fast Track Program just got faster and more flexible

Nov. 16, 2016  Naples Daily News  Editorial: Collier County commissioners' legacy, economic progress

Nov. 2, 2016 Naples Daily News  Arthrex approval is the right decision at the right time 

Oct. 25, 2016   Naples Daily News Collier County commissioners unanimously approve Arthrex's expansion plans

Oct. 24, 2016   Naples Daily News Sen. Bill Nelson visits Immokalee Promise Zone

Oct. 24, 2016   Naples Daily News Arthrex's expansion plans headed toward a final vote

Oct. 24, 2016   Naples Daily News County commissioners to offer $1.3M for building to increase county office campus

Oct. 5, 2016     Naples Daily News  Editorial: Arthrex project shows incentive fund’s value 

Oct. 5, 2016     Naples Daily News  Commentary: Arthrex expansion fits well for Collier County  

Oct. 3, 2016     Naples Daily News  Collier Planning Commission to consider Arthrex expansion 

October  2016  Natural Awakenings magazine Florida's Culinary Accelerator is an Organic Game Changer

Sept. 29, 2016  Naples Daily News  Gov. Rick Scott wants $85 million in incentive cash for Enterprise Florida

Sept. 27, 2016   Naples Daily News Mystery company gets $480K incentive to create 53 jobs

Sept. 27, 2016  Naples Daily News Naples developer plans downtown waterfront dining

Sept. 23, 2016  Naples Daily News  Immokalee Promise Zone kicks off

Aug. 27, 2016   Naples Daily News  Commentary: Opportunity knocks at Florida Southwestern State College 

Aug. 13, 2016   Naples Daily News Commentary: Education is addressing SWF workforce needs

July 21, 2016    Naples Daily News  Editorial: Saluting Collier County’s economic diamond, Arthrex 

July 19, 2016    Naples Daily News  Arthrex expanding again in Collier, plans to create 560 jobs

July 14, 2016    Naples Daily News  Editorial: A shout out to economic diversification 

June 28, 2016  Naples Daily News Editorial: Collier sports complex an intriguing possibility for economic diversification 

June 21, 2016  Naples Daily News  Guest commentary: Enterprise Florida moving forward with economic investment

June 12, 2016   Naples Daily News Guest commentary: Education is vital to economic opportunity in Collier 

June 8, 2016   Naples Daily News  Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance ramps up efforts to recruit businesses here

May 24, 2016  Naples Daily News Editorial: County incentives worth the risk for the benefit of diversifying the economy

May 10, 2016 Naples Daily News  State director of economic opportunity office tours the Naples Accelerator 

May 6, 2016   Naples Daily News Guest commentary: Economic development and the Atlanta Braves

July 23, 2014   Forbes                   Naples tops nationwide list for future job growth