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Business Notes (7/2/14)

July 2, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee County's Human Services director to lead statewide organization

Ann Arnall, Lee County's Human Services director, has been elected to lead on a state level.

Arnall was recently elected for a two-year term as president of the Florida Association of Counties Human Service Administrators, an affiliate organization of the Florida Association of Counties.

The mission of FACHSA is to educate and advocate for the efficient and effective county health and human service programs.

The association meets three times a year to develop a legislative agenda, network, share information and offer educational opportunities.

For the past 25 years, Arnall has worked for the Lee County Department of Human Services. In 2009, she was named director.

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SWFL International Airport reports traffic

During May, 591,116 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 2.5 percent compared to May 2013. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 3.8 percent from the same period last year.

The traffic leader in May was Delta with 144,423 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (118,932), JetBlue (57,731), US Airways (56,017) and American (49,083).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 5,813 aircraft movements - takeoffs and landings - a decrease of 6.1 percent compared to May 2013. Page Field saw 7,137 movements, a 2.7 percent increase from May 2013.

In addition, nearly 2.8 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in May 2014, an increase of 10.2 percent compared to May 2013.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.6 million passengers in 2013 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic.

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Kiker receives Presidential Advocacy Award from FAC

The Florida Association of Counties presented Lee County Commissioner Larry Kiker with the Presidential Advocacy Award at the 2014 FAC Annual Conference & Exposition in Orange County.

Kiker was an invaluable asset to FAC this year as it launched its new federal advocacy program.

His interest and intimate knowledge of flood insurance issues helped the association convey to Congress why flood insurance reform was desperately needed.

As a result of the advocacy, Florida's flood insurance story was told and Congress ultimately passed legislation that will help many Floridians who were financially impacted by the old law.

The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act was passed and signed into law by the president on March 21.

The Presidential Advocacy Award is given annually to those county commissioners from around the state that who have shown exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC to advance the counties' legislative agenda.

Environmental funding award available

LCEC is accepting applications from organizations for an environmental funding award.

To apply, e-mail to receive an application.

The deadline for the 2014 applications is Sept. 1.

Organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including being located within LCEC service territory, funding utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry and having a demonstrated need for funds.



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