Hodges University to host panel discussion on worth of Everglades

Hodges University, the Everglades Foundation and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida will co-host a panel discussion called, “What’s the Everglades Worth to You?” to highlight the financial value of restoring America’s Everglades ecosystem. The event, which is open to the public by reservation, will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on May 3 at Hodges University, 2655 Northbrooke Drive in Naples.

Mather Economics Principal Investigator Bobby McCormick, Ph.D., will present results of his firm’s research, which projects that restoration will generate $4 in economic benefits for every one dollar invested in restoration projects. In addition, an increase in economic benefits of approximately $46.5 billion ranging up to $123.9 billion could be realized based on an investment of $11.5 billion.

Additional speakers will include: Jack Wert, executive director of the Tourism Development Council of Collier County; Matthew Raffenberg, manager of environmental licensing for Florida Power & Light; and moderator Andrew D.W. Hill, CFA of Andrew Hill Investment Advisors, Inc., and board vice-chairman for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

“We invite the community to this panel discussion to hear a business-to-business message regarding the value of restoring the Everglades,” said Hill. “Business audiences and the general public have much to gain from a frank discussion about job creation and economic data on water supply, tourism, fishing and real estate values associated with the Everglades ecosystem. This is a perspective that complements the intrinsic value of Everglades’ alligators, birds, fish and mangroves.”

Hodges University is located at 2655 Northbrooke Drive in Naples; to RSVP, please call Dannean Altman at (239) 250-2148 or email trainer305@aol.com.

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