Lee County Economic Development – Spring Luncheon 2024

Thursday, May 16th | 11AM-1:30PM 

The Plantation Club in Somerset

10300 Dartington Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913

Join us on May 16th at the Plantation Club in Somerset for a lunch of networking featuring two highly influential speakers sharing information about development in the Cape Coral and East Lee County areas. 

Featured Speakers 

John Talmage, Director of Economic Development 

John Talmage has more than 20 years of experience in City Government and Economic Development and has developed a national reputation as a leader in innovative practices by pairing information with capital development to create new approaches for economic development in communities across the country. John focuses on business development issues, including workforce development, international trade, and business recruitment and retention, to advocate for an asset-based approach, leading to opportunities to testify before Congress and work with the Federal Regulatory community. John plans on speaking about the current growth and future projects coming to the East Lee County Area. 

Bill Johnson, Horizon Foundation

In assuming his role as the new face of the Horizon Foundation, Johnson brings to the table eight years of invaluable nonprofit leadership experience, poised to attract investors, cultivate relationships, and propel Lee County’s economic growth through strategic partnerships and financial mechanisms. With a successful track record as the Executive Director of the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association, Johnson has demonstrated his prowess in managing day-to-day operations, steering through challenges such as the pandemic, and ensuring financial stability. His diverse background, spanning membership sales and retail management, enriches his skill set, further augmented by his educational accomplishments including a Certificate in Non-Profit Organizational Management from Villanova University.

Schedule of Events 

*Arrive as early as 11:00 AM 

11:30 Lunch Served

11:30: Welcome from the MC, Sponsor and Guest Intro.
11:45AM John Talmage: Speech and Q & A 

1PM Bill Johnson with Horizon Foundation

1:15PM Closing Remarks and Announcements

$50 for the Lunch

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a sponsor, and receive your logo in communications to the members and attendees.
Be thanked in the meeting and get your promotional materials in the takeaway bags.

Be a table captain or an ambassador for this event.

*Sponsorship includes one seat at the lunch.


Contact Katrina Salokar at 239-470-5611 or email board@swflbusinessalliance.com for Sponsorship Opportunities.

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