The 2017 In­dus­try Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Awards— spon­sored by the Hori­zon Coun­cil, Hori­zon Foun­da­tion and the Lee County Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Of­fice—were re­cently pre­sented at the Hy­att Re­gency Co­conut Point Re­sort & Spa in Bonita Springs.

The awards honor lo­cal busi­nesses and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, and en­com­pass five cat­e­gories: busi­ness cit­i­zen­ship, di­ver­sity in busi­ness, startup of the year, non­profit of the year, and busi­ness of the year. Lee County Com­mis­sioner Brian Ham­man and Hori­zon Coun­cil Chair­man Gary Grif­fin were on hand to be­stow the fol­low­ing awards:

“Busi­ness Cit­i­zen­ship” went to Aubu­chon Homes and Sani­bel Cap­tiva Com­mu­nity Bank and “Di­ver­sity in Busi­ness” to CONRIC PR & Mar­ket­ing. “Startup of the Year” was awarded to iPart­nerMe­dia and “Non­profit of the Year” to PACE Cen­ter for Girls of Lee County and the Lee Health Foun­da­tion. Nor­man Love Con­fec­tions was named “Busi­ness of the Year.”

The Hori­zon Coun­cil is a “pub­lic-pri­vate eco­nomic ad­vi­sory board to Lee County com­mis­sion­ers, cre­ated in 1991 to serve as the voice of busi­ness” in the county. Lee County’s EDO mis­sion is “to at­tract new and di­ver­si­fied busi­nesses re­sult­ing in high-wage, high-skilled jobs, re­tain and en­cour­age ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing busi­nesses, and im­prove the over­all busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment” in the county.

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