Forbes Once Again Mentions Cape Coral In A Great Way

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Here’s another article that was recently published originally in Forbes magazine talking about Cape Coral and Naples as being some of the top cities for business.

CAPE CORAL – Even though unemployment remains high, Forbes has ranked Cape Coral in its top 200 list of “best places for businesses and careers.”

After working for the Cape Coral Police Department, Frank Williams left to open the Dublin Ale House Pub last fall.

“Was it a good financial decision?,” asked Fox 4 reporter Matt Grant.

“It was so far,” said Williams.

Williams used to run a tourism business in Atlantic City. He says it’s easier to run a business here.

“Florida in general is a great state to do business,” said Williams. “I owned a business in New Jersey it was much more difficult.”

He credits fewer regulations and lower taxes. When asked why he decided to invest in Cape Coral, he said he wanted to stay local.

“I’m a big we live in the Cape, keep it in the Cape type people,” said Williams.

While the Cape’s unemployment is at 8.9 percent, Forbes ranked it in their top 200 cities for doing business.

Cape Coral came in at number 133, ahead of Naples (149), West Palm Beach (165), Las Vegas (168), Miami (181) and Fort Lauderdale (192).

Fifteen Florida cities made the cut. The number one spot when to Provo, Utah.

“Florida’s very business friendly,” said Chauncey Goss, a Republican running for Congress in District 19. “And we’re going to continue to be as long as we keep our tax rates low and give people a reason to come here. We have great weather and great people.”

“I know our city council is working hard,” said Jim Roach, a Democrat running for Congress in District 19, “to make sure that businesses are welcome here.”

Roach credits cheap rental spaces and a lot of vacant land.

When it comes to the cost of doing business, Cape Coral was ranked at 109. Naples came in at 159.

But in terms of job growth but Cape Coral and Naples came in at the bottom of the list – the Cape came in at 195 and Naples at 197.

“We want to see more of what we need in southwest Florida,” said Lee County Commissioner Brian Bigelow, “and that’s jobs, jobs, jobs.”

For his part, Williams has been hiring sign wavers and says he’s glad he chose the Cape to build his business.

“It has been a great experience for us dealing with the city, state and county,” said Williams, “with anything we’ve had to do with this business.”

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