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Planned Giving Council

Membership Luncheon Event

Thursday, September 28, 2023 

From Fury to Flourish:
Southwest Florida’s Economic Transformation Post Hurricanes Ian & Idalia 

John Talmage

Director, Lee County Economic Development Office




On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ian, Talmage will provide a brief overview of local economic trends and an update on resources to sustain and grow local businesses in the economic recovery. 

Thursday, September 28, 2023

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

in the Royal Palm Room

Royal Palm Square

1380 Colonial Blvd

Fort Myers, FL


11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Networking

12:00 to 1:00 p.m. - Plated Lunch*, Presentation


*A vegetarian lunch option is available; please select your preference upon registering.


(Note: Upon entering the lobby the Royal Palm Room is back to the left)

Member RSVP: No fee

Non-Member & Guest RSVP: $30



John Talmage

Director, Lee County

Economic Development Office

John has spent more than 30 years working in local economic and community development, both for municipal governments and national research organizations. Currently, John is the Director of Economic Development for Lee County. Previously, he most recently served as the Chief of Staff to the City Manager of the City of Ft. Myers and served for several years on the Sanibel City Planning Commission.


John began his career working for the New York City Council during the Dinkins and Giuliani Administrations, focusing on development along the Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfronts. He directed Economic Development for the City of New Orleans during the Nagin Administration and served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Mayors Diaz of Miami and Mallory of Cincinnati.


John left local government to serve as the CEO/President of Social Compact. Social Compact is a research organization serving the federal regulatory community, cities around the country, and community development organizations specializing in micro-market and demographic research.


John facilitates a Community Real Estate Development Program for the University of South Florida’s Florida Institute of Government throughout Florida and is a Senior Research Fellow in Economic Development at the Florida International University’s Metropolitan Institute.


John has served on a number of boards, including most recently the Sanibel Community Association, F.I.S.H., CROW and the Sanibel Sea School. John has been recognized for his work in community development by both the United States Congress and the New York State Assembly and has received over 35 awards for his contributions to economic and community development around the country.


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