December 2015 Newsletter

Have you ever visited Nicaragua? You will be amazed by the geography, the people, the business opportunities, and the culture. This is a bountiful, beautiful country. As always we invite you to visit and experience it yourself.


December Newsletter

Dear Readers,

I hope your Holiday Season has been a good one. Here in Nicaragua the holiday festivities are in full swing. La Purísima, a celebration of the Virgin Mary, is a Christmas celebration unique to Nicaragua, and you can read an article about it in this issue. You’ll see that the good news for the country continues. The Huffington Post just laid out the case for why Nicaragua is better for retirees than Costa Rica. Nicaragua was named the most gender-equal country in the Americas. And yes, Walmart came to town too.

Construction continues at a rapid pace at Gran Pacifica, as builders head toward their holiday break and continue to fill their 2016 calendars with new builds. A free solar package with a new home has one builder almost booked for the entire coming year! It’s great news for the community at Gran Pacifica, but it’s also representative of the optimism and development in Nicaragua overall. One more piece of exciting news for Gran Pacifica is that the government has committed to finish paving the road! Only a few kilometers remain, and once it’s finished, it will be a big deal for our investors and residents. As one experienced investor said, “Once that road is finished, prices are going to skyrocket.” You can read the full article above.

This constant news of development and progress has really become a running theme and reminder of the ethos embodied in the American Dream. The growing middle class, infrastructure, construction projects, access to education, and tourism revenue have resulted in a huge cumulative effect on Nicaragua in just the past year. If you’ve been following the developments in this newsletter, you know why.

Please note: Travel to Do Good, alongside Gran Pacifica, Help Them Help Themselves, and the Pittsburgh Rotary, will be conducting a medical mission beginning February 26th. It will culminate in the commencement of construction of the Roberto Clemente Memorial Clinic III in Villa el Carmen. This event is greatly important for the local community, and you have the opportunity to get involved. Just contact me at the link below, and we will send you all the necessary information. I love being able to give back, and I know that many of you do too. Events like the Medical Mission really emphasize how important it is to do good while one is doing well.

As I reflect on the blessings and the challenges overcome this past year, I can’t help but feel that Nicaragua is just the right place to be for me and my family. Having lived here more than 13 years now, we have a great quality of life that escapes so many up North. While the world seems to get more and more chaotic with each passing day, Nicaragua remains largely unaffected. The people are positive, the economy is headed in the right direction, and large companies and publications the world over are taking serious note of our Central American home.

Enjoy your holidays, and we’ll see you again in the new year!

Until Next Year,

Michael Cobb
Chairman and CEO
Contact me


~ Testimonials ~

"Michael Cobb, you have truly brought ethical behavior to an elevated level.  Nine years ago when I was negotiating with you on lot 84A I asked about the houses in the area in front of us and you replied we were the first lots in our area that were permitted to have two stories . That was important to Tom and I as we wanted to preserve our view. Last year when the lot across the street was resold and building plans started, I asked Kent Payne to check and see that only a one story house was allowed on the lot. To my surprise, this was not the case. I prayed they would not build a two story house. Yesterday Tom was informed by Kent that as the house plans on the lot across were of the two story variety, you had offered to trade their lot for a more expensive and valuable lot in order to honor your word! The Cinco Amigos thank you for your ethics in a country in which many other developers have taken the easy way to their own destruction and to the harm of many others. You have raised the bar and we all appreciate your honor. I am proud to be associated with Gran Pacifica and with you."
Connie Orlandini, Gran Pacifica Property Owner


"ECI is just a solid, wholesome company. You meet the founders, and the people, and they're just happy. You know anything Mike Cobb tells you, you can take to the bank. It's like your brother telling you, or even better. This is my first trip to Gran Pacifica, and it just feels like home the moment you get here. Very comfortable, just like old time United States. It has the sense of community that people lost in the US, and I think that's the most important thing. You really can't put a dollar value on it, but you know it when you see it, and it's here.

Coming from a construction background, I can see that everything here is built to last, and there are a lot of little details that were thought of. Looking at the growth here, it really seems to be a solid investment, and it's also just such a great atmosphere. It's hard to put words to. It's really the whole mix of things, trustworthy, common sense people, great climate, real community, and sensible growth. Mike Cobb is a person with a dream, and he's really making that dream happen here. That's something you don't find every day."
John Fultz, ECI Shareholder 




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  Some interesting articles from the past
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