Hodges University to release 2012 Comparative Counties Analysis Project findings

Naples Campus

The Johnson School of Business, in conjunction with the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, will release the completed findings of their 2012 Collier County Comparative Analysis Project at a special half-day session titled, “Next Steps: Where Do We Go From Here?” The program will be held at the Science and Technology building on Hodges University’s Naples campus on Monday, April 23, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There is no charge for the event and the public is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of BB&T Bank. To register online, visit www.tinyurl.com/comparativecountiesprogram.

During the program, a group of researchers and guests will discuss the findings of the Project with the community and to gather public input on what best practice elements should be included in a Collier County economic development and diversification model. The event will also include a panel discussion facilitated by Jeff Lytle, Editorial Page Editor, Naples Daily News.

Over the past several years, Hodges University’s Johnson School of Business and the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce have worked together in partnership on the Project. The purpose of the project was to identify possible areas of opportunity where the Collier County Business Community and County Government might best work together, by considering and comparing what has worked well within other identified Counties. The specific emphasis is on what structure those counties utilize and the effectiveness of that structure for the delivery of economic development and diversity.

The University collected and analyzed data in a standardized and objective manner and generally provided guidance and assistance during the Study. This work was conducted under the leadership of Dr. Aysegul Timur, Chair of the MPA and MBA programs at Hodges, along with her team which includes Dr. Gerald Franz, Anke Stugk, Davor Pranjic, Karen Karavitis, and Laurie McDowell. For more information, please call (239) 598-6190.

Read Part 1 of the report here.

Read Part 2 of the report here.

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