"GATES has truly grown with the community that it has served for many years. Todd Gates and the associates at GATES have successfully formed an integrated family of high quality development, construction and real estate services uniquely equipped to serve the needs of the citizens and businesses of Southwest Florida and beyond."

- Dudley Goodlette
Former State of Florida Legislator

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

GATES Goes Global -Partnership Formed In The Republic Of Panama

GATES, the Southwest Florida based construction, development, and real estate services company, recently signed a partnership agreement  with Panama-based construction giant COCIGE - one of the largest construction companies in Central America with close to 3,000 employees.  The partnership was created to help facilitate the construction and development for United States and European companies wanting to expand into this enormous emerging world market. The company name within Panama and Central America will be called COCIGE - GATES. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL), along with Representative Garrett Richter (District 76 Representative for the state of Florida), the Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Collier County, made a public announcement today at a press conference at the Naples Chamber of Commerce at 3:30pm. 

"I am extremely excited to have helped shepherd this exciting partnership between GATES and COCIGE, which will open many future doors for prosperous and positive commerce to take place between the two world powerhouses, the US and Central America," commented Senator Mel Martinez (R). 

"I am very proud of the contributions that GATES and this partnership are making to the economic vitality of the state of Florida, and I am honored to call Todd a friend and congratulate him on a job well done," commented Representative Garrett Richter, District 76 Representative for the state of Florida.

"We wish to congratulate GATES on this successful partnership agreement and are very excited to work closely with the American Chamber, already established in Panama, on more opportunities for our areas businesses," commented Mike Reagen, President - The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.

"On behalf of the EDC, we are extremely proud of GATES to have formed this partnership.  This partnership will help our region to create reciprocal commerce and economic development with Panama and all of Central America," commented Richard (Dick) Grant, Chairman of the Economic Development Council of Collier County. 

For more information, contact Alanna Gluhm at (239) 494-7625, or email her at agluhm@gatestotalsolutions.com.

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