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The Edison Awards Find a New Home in Fort Myers, Florida

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The Edison Awards announced this week that they are moving the world’s most respected innovation event to Fort Myers, Florida, for the next three years.

"Bringing the internationally recognized Edison Awards and its high caliber of award-winning entrepreneurs to the City of Fort Myers where Thomas Edison maintained his winter home is a very big deal," said City of Fort Myers Manager Saeed Kazemi, P.E. "We look forward to welcoming everyone to our beautiful City of Palms."

Fort Myers was selected, in part, because of its rich history with Thomas Edison, commitment to supporting new business ventures, and the Opening of the Luminary Hotel and Caloosa Sound Convention Center. (see more here

“There is only one Fort Myers in the United States, and there are 90 million people who are going to find out about it.” – Thomas Alva Edison, 1914.

Home to the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estate and lab, this historic property dates back to 1885 when Edison purchased the land on his very first visit to Fort Myers. Edison Award attendees will get a VIP tour of the estate and walk in the footsteps of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone.

Fort Myers has a rich history of innovation and is a natural fit to continue the Edison Awards mission: To serve as a leader in globally recognizing, honoring and fostering innovation and innovators to create a positive impact on the world.

The Southwest Florida region is quickly becoming a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship driven by the expanding Daveler and Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship at Florida Gulf Coast University, the highest concentration of retired Fortune 500 CEOs, and the commitment of the City and the Horizon Foundation to attract growing companies to move to the region.

The 2021 Edison Awards will showcase some of the world’s top innovation leaders and new products from around the globe. The event is scheduled to be hosted on April 21-23, 2021, at the beautiful new Luminary Hotel and the Caloosa Sound Convention Center located in the Fort Myers River District. Hundreds of the world’s top innovators will descend on Fort Myers for the first time to participate in the event and experience the Southwest Florida culture and local attractions. Everyone involved in the partnership believes the Edison Awards will bring great minds together in a beautiful environment positioned for tremendous growth.

"We are thrilled that the Edison Awards are moving to downtown Fort Myers where Thomas Edison's greatest innovations originated over 150 years ago," stated Executive Director of the Edison Awards Frank Bonafilia. "The future of Fort Myers is bright with robust start-up and global companies that are leading the charge in enhancing the quality of life, increasing sustainability, and improving educational technology."

Read the Press Release for more information about this partnership and stay up to date on all that is happening with the Edison Awards and Fort Myers by following these social channels. more

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