Shell Point Academy Offers An Economic Crisis Forum

FORT MYERS, FL (May 4, 2009) — The public is invited to attend an Economic Crisis and Local Government Forum sponsored by the Shell Point Academy at Shell Point Retirement Community. The forum will be held on Thursday, May 28, beginning at 7pm in the Grand Cypress Room which is located in The Woodlands at Shell Point. The scheduled presenters include Warren J. Wright, Fort Myers City Councilman for Ward 1; Ray Judah, Chair of the Lee County Board of County Commissioners; and a representative from the Lee County Economic Development Office and Horizon Council. “The economy has been a hot topic among all of our residents, as well as for individuals all over the country,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “This presentation will offer information on the economic impact locally and how our local government is responding.”

The forum will focus on three specific areas of interest for residents of Southwest Florida including: how the current economic situation affects our local government budgets and how leaders are responding; what the county and city governments are doing to attract new residents and businesses to the region; and how our local area will benefit from the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Audience members will be able to ask questions during the forum.

The Academy at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. For three semesters every year, The Academy provides a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. Anywhere from 70 to 90 classes take place per semester. The Academy at Shell Point was also named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/ fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Ted Yeatts, program coordinator at (239) 454-2057.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry, and recently received a 5-star rating from the Federal government for the Larsen Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on site.

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