Cultivating Regional Change for the Common Good. Rooted in philanthropy, the Foundation focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone who lives, works, learns and plays in Southwest Florida. The Foundation does this through inspiring collective leadership, serving as a concierge of philanthropy, identifying and monitoring its work through research and outcomes, and providing capacity building and trainings to nonprofit partners.
Our motto, “New Direction ~ New Energy ~ New Life,” aptly describes the desired outcome of the CRA’s redevelopment efforts for each of our 14 redevelopment areas. We strive to help underserved and blighted areas within the City of Fort Myers to head in a “New Direction” guided by a redevelopment plan designed specifically to revitalize that particular area. The plan contains the vision for the future of the neighborhoods and commercial corridors within that specific area. “New Energy” is what we hope to create by involving the community in our planning and redevelopment efforts. As redevelopment goals are achieved, “New Life” will be expressed in the viable commercial and residential neighborhoods which result from the implementation of the plan.
The Midtown Vision Plan has been approved by the Fort Myers City Council. The plan provides a framework for developing land adjacent to downtown, allowing for infrastructure upgrades along with future residential and commercial uses.
City cleanup projects are underway! New mapping tools will track the progress of citywide efforts to prevent crime and help citizens comply with fire and safety regulations.
The City of Fort Myers has contracted with the University of South Florida to develop a cohesive strategy for urban design, regulatory revisions and long-range planning for Downtown.
The School District of Lee County is the ninth largest district in Florida and the 32nd largest school district in the United States. We proudly educate approximately 94,000 students in grades PK-12.
The District is a model for others in the State and across the nation – from being home to the world’s first Microsoft Certified High School (Dunbar High School), a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (The Sanibel School) and one of the top International Baccalaureate (I.B.) high schools in the world (Fort Myers High School), we are preparing our students to compete in a high-skilled, global economy.
Schools in Lee County play a key role in community life. With approximately 12,000 full- and part-time employees, the District is one of the county’s largest employers, and with the District’s construction program, building new schools and renovating and expanding existing facilities, the District has been the area’s largest developer.