Industry Appreciation Awards Rescheduled For October 2021

Awards celebrate business excellence in Lee County

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 17, 2021) — Due to COVID-19, the Industry Appreciation Awards’ (IAA) event organizers have made the thoughtful decision to postpone the annual awards celebration to best serve guests, honorees and event supporters. The event will now be held on Friday, October 22, 2021 at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center in downtown Fort Myers.

Since 1992, the Industry Appreciation Awards have celebrated the Lee County business community and recognized outstanding local businesses that have positively influenced Southwest Florida. Come October 22, the event will commence in the same fashion as it has for nearly three decades—as a reason to gather and honor the businesses and leaders that make Lee County extraordinary.

In response to the pandemic, organizers have added a special award category for the 2021 IAA event. The Business Resiliency and Innovation Award will recognize a business that successfully pivoted their operations, products or services to be resilient and help the needs of the community during COVID-19.

“We’re excited to bring back the Industry Appreciation Awards after having to postpone them in 2020,” said Horizon Council Chair Christopher Spiro. “And to host them at Caloosa Sound makes it even that much more special and rewarding. We’re looking forward to an exciting program.”

For more information about or to get involved with the 2021 Industry Appreciation Awards, contact Horizon Foundation Chief Fundraising Consultant Dilman Thomas at 239-810-1948 or

The Lee County Economic Development Office provides business assistance to retain existing businesses, attract new businesses and encourage entrepreneurship to ensure Lee County has a strong economy, thriving communities and broadly shared prosperity.

The Horizon Council is a public-private advisory board established in 1991 to advise the Lee Board of County Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council’s mission is to improve Lee County’s business environment, retain and encourage expansion of existing businesses, and attract new and diversified employers. It is the only public-private partnership of Lee County Government and business leaders.

The Horizon Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission and purpose to support, foster, and encourage the economic development and diversity of business interests in Lee County, Florida. The Foundation provides financial, advisory, and other support for the Lee County Economic Development Office and the Horizon Council as well as financial and other support to such other organizations and entities that the Foundation determines will promote and complement the interests and mission of the Foundation, the EDO, and/or the Horizon Council. 

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