Green companies may feel at home in Naples, Fla.

The Naples, Fla., commercial market is improving this year.

The American Lung Association recently named the Naples-Marco Island, Fla., metropolitan area as the cleanest in the country for ozone air pollution in its 2013 State of the Air report. The report shows that companies that are focused on environmentally friendly practices or that target seniors may be attracted to the area.

Naples real estate is one of the most sought-after in the country for homes in which to live, so companies looking to relocate or expand may want to look at the area. Seniors are especially attracted to the area, as the clean environment is literally a breath of fresh air for them.

"The Naples area is chock full of picturesque properties, amazing amenities and a one-of-a-kind downtown area; having some of the cleanest air in the country makes it extremely popular among retirees as well as those who suffer from asthma and arthritis," said Natalia Peysina, founder of MNM Companies.

Regional growth
The southwest Florida office market is improving, as taxable sales increased 8 percent in the third quarter of 2013 and passenger traffic increased 3 percent, according to a recent Cushman & Wakefield report. The unemployment rate in the state, 7.1 percent, also is at its lowest point since 2008 and below the national rate of 7.6 percent.

Retail is also improving in the area, showing that the region is bustling and a prime market for future commercial development. The Cushman & Wakefield report shows that all three analytic indicators have showed improvements for the first time since the recession.

"Vacancy rates are at or near their 2Q 2009 low, while average rental rates are edging upward and showing strong likelihood for sustainability over the next 12 months, and net absorption for the first two quarters of 2013 exceeded net absorption for the same time period in 2012," the report read. "Positive absorption was more widely distributed among the top submarkets in Lee and Collier counties than previously reported."

Construction deliveries and activity of projects under construction also have increased this quarter, meaning the Naples-San Marco Island market is inching its way toward a full-scale recovery. There are about 38,000 feet of retail space under construction and nearly 47,000 have already been delivered this year.

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