Hodges professor speaks to Chamber on local economy

Hodges University’s Dr. Aysegul Timur, Chair of the Business Administration and Public Administration Programs, recently spoke to the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce highlighting her recent research into the local economy. The study, “Collier County Comparative Analysis Project,” seeks to benchmark Collier County with similar counties throughout the country with the purpose of ultimately determining best practices for collaboration between Collier County government and the Collier County business community.

“The presentation was a progress report, the first of several stages of our ongoing research,” said Dr. Timur.  “The data collected will be used to compare and contrast Collier County with these pre-selected counties where the county government and business community have built strategic relationships. The purpose is to determine best strategic models in comparative counties for possible replication or hybrid here in our home county.”

Earlier this year, Collier County and the Chamber requested a research team led by Dr. Timur to conduct a Collier County comparative analysis. Her team members, all from Hodges University, included Gerald Franz, assistant library director; Anke Stugk; MBA student; Edward Holton, business administration student; and Daniel Salazar, accounting student. The team hopes to issue a complete report by May, 2011.

Dr. Timur holds an MBA from the University of Istanbul and a doctorate in economics from the University of South Florida. A scholarly researcher, she is known both nationally and internationally for her research in regional economic growth. 

Nearly 200 people were in attendance at the presentation, representing a cross section of business and community leaders from the area. For more information regarding the report, please visit www.hodges.edu, or call (239) 513-1122.

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