Efforts to attract high-tech companies to southwest Florida are paying off. Dawning Technologies Inc. is going to locate its headquarters, R&D, and manufacturing operation in Lee County. The company – currently based in New York - makes computer software used in the medical industry.
Lee County joined forces with the Governor’s office and Enterprise Florida to recruit the Dawning.
Jennifer Dunn is Communications Manager with the Lee County Economic Development Office. She says it’s a great example of the type of companies her office is trying to attract.
“We are looking to attract companies that could really locate anywhere, but that would bring in some high wage & high skills to the market. We do have a very talented workforce here, so we’re looking to bring in some of those innovative, high-tech companies.”
Dawning Technologies looks to focus on R&D – working to create connectivity solutions for end users such as hospitals, labs, and medical systems vendors. Their offices will be located off Metro Parkway in Fort Myers. Dunn says southwest Florida’s booming growth – and talented workforce – are major reasons why Dawning Technologies chose the area.
“One of the things when we talked to them as far as their decision to move here…you know they talked about how they see a growing economy here, and a positive business atmosphere…and that’s one of the reasons why they chose southwest Florida for their headquarters.”
The company was also considering Virginia, South & North Carolina and Georgia. Dunn says she thinks Lee County’s population growth is creating new opportunities…adding that the area’s starting to get a lot of regional and national recognition…and that people are beginning to realize that it’s not only a great place to live, but that it’s also got a great business climate.
Monday, 25 April 2005 01:00