Industry Appreciation Awards to return bigger and better in 2021

October 22, 2020 CONRIC PR

After conducting a survey of local business leaders, the Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and Lee County Economic Development Office have made the decision to postpone the 2020 Industry Appreciation Awards luncheon and move the flagship event to the second quarter of 2021. The survey showed that the majority of the Lee County business community preferred to postpone the event rather than attend physically or virtually in October 2020.

The date and location of the 2021 Industry Appreciation Awards will be announced in the weeks ahead.

“While we’re disappointed to postpone the 2020 event, we have exciting developments in the works for 2021,” said Horizon Council Chair Christopher Spiro. “The Industry Appreciation Awards will be bigger and better than ever as part of a two-day celebration of Southwest Florida businesses.”

Since 1992, the Industry Appreciation Awards have celebrated the Lee County business community and recognized outstanding local businesses that have positively influenced Southwest Florida. A call for applications for the 2021 awards is forthcoming.

For more information about 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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