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Business Notes (1/29/14)

January 29, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Physicians' Primary Care offices earn recognition

Seven offices of Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida earned national recognition for providing patient-centered health care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

The recognition was awarded by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its Physicians Practice Connections - Patient-Centered Medical Home Program.

Offices that were honored were the adult medicine offices in Cape Coral and Fort Myers; pediatrics in Fort Myers, the Cape and Lehigh Acres; and family practice offices in Fort Myers and the Cape.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. It accredits and certifies a range of health care organizations and also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance.

Business intelligence tool available online

The Lee County Economic Development Office unveiled a new tool for local businesses.

SizeUp Lee offers big data insight on a local level scale, the Web-based program is designed to help business owners compete through knowledge and insights.

It is a free benchmarking tool from GIS Planning and is offered through the Lee County Economic Development Office Web site at:

The easy-to-use, data-rich platform enables any business to see how they can grow and remain competitive. The information provided is highly customized and presented using four layers of analysis: benchmark performance, competitive assessment, local advertising analysis and interactive demographic analysis.

Each layer can be customized to provide detailed comparison analysis based on location, revenue, sales and number of employees, assessing overall competitiveness.

The flexibility allows users to tailor the analysis to a place, around an address or even using a custom boundary. Information provided can help business owners identify new opportunities by investigating competition, surplus supply and leakage of demand.

SizeUp Lee also offers a five-year forecasting tool, allowing users to see projections for demographic changes, occupational growth and hiring forecasts by industry, and workforce needs with projected pay estimates.

To learn more about SizeUp Lee or to schedule a session with a staff member of the Lee County Economic Development Office, e-mail

For questions, contact the office at (239) 338-3161.

Commission approves incentive funds

Lee County commissioners approved a $1.48 million incentive deal with Gartner to help the information technology research and advisory company expand its local operations.

The state of Florida also will kick in $3.47 million.

The deal will enable Gartner to build a $20 million office building next to its present South Fort Myers site and add 400 employees by 2019. That will bring Gartner's total local employment to roughly 1,150 jobs.

An economic impact study by Florida Gulf Coast University projected that the Gartner project could mean $808,000 in sales taxes by 2020 and $658,000 in annual property tax revenue the same year for state and local government.

The average compensation package for employees is pegged at roughly $54,000 in salary and benefits worth another $9,100 to bring the annual total to about $63,000 per employee.

The study reported that the economic impact of the project upon completion is forecast to be $152 million annually. The construction-related investment for 2014-16 is forecast to create as many as 150 local jobs and payroll benefits of $13.6 million.

Open house at Restorative Health and Healing Center

Dr. Teresa Sievers will host an open house on Feb. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Restorative Health and Healing Center, at 10201 Arcos Ave., Suite 201, Estero.

LightForce PRO Deep Tissue Laser Therapy pain relief trial sessions will be offered for free.

Deep tissue laser therapy reduces pain and inflammation associated with common musculoskeletal conditions, such as lower back pain, neck pain, disc injuries, carpal tunnel, sciatica, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and sports injuries.

Reservations are required for a trial session. To reserve a spot, call (239) 405-9169.



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