|Published:||Jan 29, 2014 8:55 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 29, 2014 10:52 PM EST|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "We've had to hire a couple new people."
Jackie MacDonnell said it's been years since her store, the Blue Mussel, needed to bring in more staff. Now, things are much different.
"We've seen a big increase in our business from last year than last year," said MacDonnell.
And other business owners WINK News spoke to agree.
"I've brought on several new agents just in the last, actually in the last month, and I anticipate that we'll be bringing on more because we're just so busy," said Marlene Graham, the owner of Tropics Real Estate.
Experts said the boom is all a part of a larger trend nationwide. A new report released at last week's U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington DC shows Naples is at the top of this economic surge. The report predicts this will be the fastest growing metro area in the country and will add jobs faster than any other.
"I think it's exciting, I think it's a different trend here in America where you know we're exploring new ways and new types of jobs and jobs where they feel they can be more mobile and move somewhere else," said Graham.
The news is welcoming, after the area took a hard, economic hit less about five years ago. But experts said they're seeing more and more people heading south.
"This whole area of Southwest Florida is so great, and I think people are starting to realize that," said Graham.