Economic Impact: Collier County

Collier County Number of county students attending UF:
UF Alumni Residing in County:
Donor Giving:
UF Employees by County of Residence:
IFAS Extensions:
View Collier County IFAS Report (PDF)
Lastinger Center for Learning, UF College of Education:
A partnership with school districts to offer free advanced degrees in school leadership to teachers, to hire and train master-teachers as on-site "professors in residence" and to mobilize community and business for child wellness and school improvement programs.

Impact: $11.8 million in private gifts, grants and contracts since 2002 in this county
Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee:
This facility is one of the Research and Education Centers, strategically located close to a major commodity production region. The RECs enable IFAS researchers to quickly respond to the agricultural and natural resource needs in Florida.
UF PHHP Affiliations:
  • NCH Healthcare System, Naples
Sea Grant and the Oil spill:
FSG and UF Extension provided efficient outreach to coastal residents, businesses and communities. They helped owners file claims and provided support for volunteers. In addition, FSG is working with Gulf of Mexico Land Grant Universities to ensure safety of seafood as well as lending hands to families facing economic crisis due to the oil spill.
Artificial Reef Programs:
FSG explored the economic benefits of artificial reef-related activities and discovered that these activities generated more than $225 million in economic outputs and supported 2,600 full and part-time jobs.
UF/Sea Grant Regional Waterway Management System:
The red tape process has been cut and the process for canal dredging is in order, which has saved taxpayers an estimated 3 million dollars since 2006. This process would allow homeowners who would like to protect their waterfront property with "living shorelines."
UF College of Dentistry: Statewide Network for Community Oral Health:
  • NCEF Pediatric Dental Center
    • A UF-owned clinic, part of the UF Statewide Network for Community Oral Health
    • Serves patients from 18 counties with major impact in Collier, Hendry, Lee and Monroe counties
    • 8,873 patient visits last year
  • Countryside Dental Clinic
    • A partner clinic of the UF Statewide Network for Community Oral Health
    • DMD students from the College of Dentistry perform rotations to provide oral health care to patients
UF PHHP Research & Services:
    Transportation resources for seniors
  • Florida Office on Disability & Health
    State's first centralized program to coordinate Florida's disability programs & services.
  • AlzOnline
    National program for caregivers of people with dementia.
  • Right to Know
    Education & resources on breast cancer screening for women with disabilities.