About The Horizon Foundation

Mission Statement

The Horizon Foundation’s mission is to improve Lee County’s business environment and ease of doing business – in terms of the ability to source credible local disadvantaged suppliers, retain and encourage the expansion of existing businesses, attract new and diversified employers and strengthen and sustain public-private partnership between Lee County Government, community and business leaders.

United for Growth: Shaping Lee County's Future Through Strategic Partnerships

The Horizon Foundation and the Horizon Council form a key partnership focused on boosting Lee County’s economic development. The Council advises on business-friendly initiatives and economic diversification, while the Foundation enhances these efforts through targeted development projects. Together, we work towards transforming Lee County into a vibrant business and innovation center, demonstrating a unified commitment to the business community’s prosperity.

The Horizon Foundation and the Lee County Economic Development Office unite to catalyze economic progress in Lee County, focusing on innovative strategies to draw investment and nurture business development. Their joint efforts are dedicated to securing a vibrant economic future for the region, distinct from the advisory role of the Horizon Council, by emphasizing investment attraction and business support to enhance the county’s economic landscape.

The Voice of Business in Lee County

Our Goal

Reach out to businesses, governmental entities, and other community partners to develop open lines of communication related to economic development throughout Lee County.

We Represent

Local municipalities, chambers of commerce, trade organizations, and community, business and educational organizations.

Our History

Formed alongside the Horizon Council in 1991, the Horizon Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for public-private partnerships and businesses to invest in the long-term prosperity of Lee County’s economy. The Horizon Foundation privately funds the efforts of the Horizon Council, which in turn advises the Lee County Commissioners on matters of recruiting and maintaining companies to Lee County. The goal is to ensure a more diverse and competitive economy for all Lee County residents, business owners, and consumers.

Over the past 30 years, the foundation has made (and kept) Lee County the home of Gartner, Arthrex, Chico’s FAS, and many more large and successful businesses. However, that just scratches the surface of what the Horizon Foundation seeks to do for Lee County. By building a strong economic base – created and supported by investors – the foundation continues to push for higher wages for workers, attainable housing, a better and more robust educational system, investing in infrastructure and thus raising the standard of living and quality of life for the residents of this county.

The Horizon Foundation is funded by investors who make contributions on a yearly-commitment basis. Investors not only unlock investor-exclusive events such as high-profile speaker series, Annual Industry Appreciation Award recognition, and more, but they also make Lee County the best place to conduct business – not for just one company, but for other businesses within the county, too.

Lee County is growing at an exponential speed and has become a hub for aviation and aeronautics, retail, construction firms, and insurance businesses. Without the help of the Horizon Foundation, this burgeoning economy would not have been possible. Investors who gave their time, talent, and treasury to the efforts of the Foundation have, in return, benefited from the increase in population, capital, and demand that re-locating businesses have brought with them.

Recently, the Foundation established a diversity taskforce that is dedicated to providing recommendations to Lee County businesses to make them more inclusive. These include other educational and forward-thinking endeavors related to creating more attainable housing, raising the minimum wage, and improving the educational system.