The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) has announced economist, author, and professor from Florida Gulf Coast University Christopher Westley will be the keynote speaker at the August 29th General Membership Meeting.

Christopher Westley is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Regional Economic Research Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University. A number of Christopher’s scholarly articles have been published in journals like Economics and Politics, Constitutional Political Economy, the Eastern Economics Journal, the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and the International Journal of Social Economics. Since receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University, Christopher has published nearly 100 economics columns, many of which have been featured in newspapers, journals, and other news organizations across the country.

CBIA Executive Vice President Kathy Curatolo advises “doors will open at 5:30 pm on August 29th to hear Christopher Westley’s presentation titled: SWFL Regional Economic Indicators Affecting Growth and Development. Christopher’s extensive knowledge of economics and status as a Naples native make him uniquely qualified to give this presentation”, adds Curatolo. As a Naples native, Westley is uniquely qualified to give this presentation and educate a Southwest Florida audience about factors affecting the growth of their community.

The monthly meeting will be held at The Club at Olde Cypress, 7165 Treeline Drive. Tickets for members are $30 per person and are $50 per person for non-members. This networking and presentation event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. To RSVP, email or call 239-436-6100 by August 24th. CBIA members may register online at

About CBIA

Founded in 1985, CBIA is an association of builders, remodelers, interior designers and other housing industry professionals. It is one of 800 state and local associations and operates under the auspices of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. CBIA is located at 3200 Bailey Lane, Suite 110, Naples. Florida. For more information call  (239) 436-6100 or visit


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