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Fort Myers is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. A wealth of entrepreneurial opportunities, stable infrastructure, a booming labor force, and favorable climate enable area businesses to thrive and prosper.

Fort Myers profits most from several major sources, the first and largest being tourism. Construction, retirement and investment dollars also contribute significantly to the city’s economic intake. Manufacturing can also be considered a notable entity in the city's business.

The top employers in Lee county include Lee County School District, Lee Memorial Health System, Publix Super Markets, Wal-Mart Corporation, Lee County Administration, Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center, City of Cape Coral, WCI Communities and Bonita Bay Group.

Top manufactured products include newspapers, lumber, umbrellas, aviation components, frozen food snacks, building supplies, prefabricated storage buildings and gazebos, electrical coils and concrete. Lee County boasts 29 industrial parks and facilities including over 700 buildings totaling 7.5 million square feet.

Lee County's unemployment rate in January 2006 increased only slightly to 2.3 percent, but still places as the second lowest rate among Florida's 67 counties. Since January of 2005 the county has added 14,300 nonagricultural jobs with an increase of 6.6 percent overall. All industry divisions gained in employment in the past year, the most significant being construction with a 17.5 percent boost.

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce provides area businesses the opportunity for networking, participating on committees, education through chamber-sponsored programs and an avenue of communication with community leaders.

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