In 2007, GATES formed a partnership with Panama-based COCIGE, one of the largest construction companies in Central America. The partnership, known as COCIGE-GATES, offers construction and development services and serves as a bridge for U.S. and European companies wanting to expand into Central America.
Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) addressing the audience at the press conference held at the Naples Chamber of Commerce. Pictured in the photo from left to right: Todd Gates (Chairman of GATES), Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL), Richard Grant (Chairman, EDC of Collier County), and Representative Garrett Richter (District 76, 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.