Shaping the Future of Lee County Will Be Topic of Progressive Club Meeting

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The Progressive Club of the Islands will feature the Chair of the non-partisan group LEE FUTURE Don Eslick to discuss the topic “Before it’s too late: shaping the future of Lee County.” The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Sanibel Public Library, 770 Dunlop Rd., and is free and open to the public.

Eslick previously served as the founding Chairman of the Estero Council of Community Leaders from 2002 to 20ll, and later as Interim Chairman. During the last l8 years, he has served Lee County government and civic groups on important boards and advisory committees, including Lee County Smart Growth, Lee County Charter Review as Chairman, Lee County Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource Advisory; Member of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Lee County, and was awarded Lee County Citizen of the Year in 2005.

For over a decade Eslick served as Assistant State Superintendent of Schools, Assistant Illinois State Comptroller and staff director for the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. While with the speaker, Eslick was responsible for developing many major pieces of legislation, including the Illinois Development Finance Authority to finance business and industrial development.

Following a decade in public finance, in l993 he founded Public Finance Associates, and assumed the Executor Director of the Illinois Tax Increment Association. (ITIA). Eslick earned a BA in Economics from Purdue University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and PhD studies in Economics at the University of Illinois.

The Progressive Club invites everyone to attend who is interested in hearing Eslick take on questions including: What decisions are being made that will impact the quality of life in Lee County, both in the short and long term? Who is making these decisions? What input and impact can you have in that process? For more information call 410-336-2612 or contact

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