Join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about Economic Development in Lee County.
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Educational Meeting

JANUARY 7th, 2017
The Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club at the Helm Club
4420 Flagship Drive Fort Myers Florida 33919 (map)
R.S.V.P by January 4, 2017
by email to or,
phone 239-278-1032
and leave your name and telephone number.
Cost is $18 for continental breakfast
and is paid at the door.


John Patrick Boland

John Patrick Boland, Director Lee County Economic Development Office will speak to the League of Women Voters of Lee County on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at The Helm Club at The Landings. Breakfast will be at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9:30. The public is invited to attend.

Mr. Boland was named the director of the Lee County Economic Development Office in January 2016. Previously, he was vice president for strategy and business development for Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation. He holds a Juris Doctorate and a master’s degree in business administration. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 2015 as a lieutenant colonel.

The Lee County Economic Development Office works to attract new and diversified businesses resulting in high-wage, high-skilled jobs; to retain and encourage expansion of existing businesses; and to improve the overall business environment in Lee County. Their economic development professionals offer business services for local, domestic, and international companies looking to launch, expand, or relocate in Lee County. The wide range of services and resources includes site selection, financial assistance, data compilation and tax incentive information. Services to clients free of charge, and on a confidential basis. The economic development office helps ensure that business thrives in Lee County.

Mr. Boland’s Program description/Proposed conversation: There is no better moment than today to shift the purpose and practice of economic development to generate continuous growth, prosperity, and inclusion. Economic development must be more than recruiting companies over helping existing firms become more productive and expand. Embracing a broader vision of economic development is an economic and fiscal imperative. This requires understanding the purpose of economic development and getting both the markets and civics right.

Each of our educational meetings begins with a time for networking and sharing of ideas at breakfast. Be sure to join us for breakfast to be informed about the latest important issues in our area and to make new friends with common interests.


  • February 4, 2017 – Lee County Department of Human and Veteran Services - Director Roger Mercado and LWV Program Planning
  • March 4, 2017 – Vision 2020 (Women’s Equality and Issues in all areas) - Lynn Yeakel
  • April 1, 2017 – TBA and Annual Meeting
  • May 6, 2017 – Special Event

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Membership in League is open to men and women of all ages. Information on the programs and issues of the League of Women Voters is available on the web at,, and Call 239-278-1032 or e-mail

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