Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation

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Boldness and Entrepreneurship: Sarasota County’s Hallmarks for a Sustainable Economy

Boldness and Entrepreneurship: Sarasota County’s Hallmarks for a Sustainable Economy

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Film Commission

A new television studio with tens of thousands of square feet of soundstages, a steady stream of diverse and economy-enriching production projects, a nationwide TV pitch competition . . .

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Job Creation

The EDC works to create a thriving economic environment in Sarasota County by attracting and retaining businesses that provide high-wage jobs. From October 2010 through . . .

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Aging

The EDC and community partners poised Sarasota County to lead the nation in the aging industry in business, research, education, services and policy. With more than 30 percent . . .

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Design

With the high concentration of creative professionals and the location of internationally-recognized Ringling College of Art and Design in our community, Sarasota County is an ideal . . .

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Sustainability

Sarasota County’s coastal location, the asset of Mote Marine laboratory and our above average number of water-related businesses translates into a local concentration of expertise . . .

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Business Recruitment

The EDC consulted with local governments in Sarasota County to develop performance-based incentives to encourage …

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International Trade

International exports are a small, but growing, contributor to the local economy. From 2006 to 2008, the annual value of international exports from the metropolitan area. . .

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Existing Business

The focus on local and existing business retention and support is a long-term strategy of the EDC. The EDC assisted 376 diffident companies with their technical needs in the the full year 2011.

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Entrepreneurship

One out of every 440 Floridians is an entrepreneur. To encourage a robust environment for innovation and entrepreneurship, the EDC supported the following initiatives and partnerships in 2010:

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Economic Gardening

The EDC administers a 7-county GrowFl Economic Hub, one of six in the state. The local GrowFL Economic Gardening program provides resources and support to stimulate. . .

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Fast Facts 2011

Fast Facts contains data on population, workforce, employment distribution, international trade, housing, tax rates and more.The publication, updated annually, is designed for businesses. . .

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A Regional Community Partner

To streamline economic development, maximize opportunities and create efficient systems,
the EDC takes part as a regional leader or a stakeholder. . .

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2011 Hall of Fame

Each September the EDC hosts an awards ceremony recognizing exemplary businesses and leaders. At the event, each Hall of Fame winner is showcased in a short, informative video.

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Financials

The EDC of Sarasota County reports annually on the variety of strategies they use to promote economic development in Sarasota County. Here is the 2011 Year End Statement.

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Leadership

Leadership

EDC volunteers represent the diverse perspectives of the business community, civic organizations, arts and culture, environmental sustainability and education. By involving scores of individuals . . .

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Investors

The EDC is a public-private partnership that relies on support from Sarasota County’s business community, community organizations and municipalities. We wish to particularly . . .

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Acknowledgements

The EDC Interactive Annual Report was a collaborative venture. We give special acknowledgement to the following businesses, non-profits and individuals:

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