The Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County (EDC) invites the public to the organization’s Annual Meeting on September 21, 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency, Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts. Dale Brill, president of the Florida Chamber Foundation with extensive experience in the state’s economic development arena, will be the keynote speaker. The cost is $65 for individuals. Half and full corporate tables also are available. Register online at www.edcsarasotacounty.com/calendar.asp or call 309-1200 ext. 103.
The EDC also will present two EDC Legacy Awards at the event. In addition, Mark Huey, EDC president and chief executive officer, will provide insights into the EDC, the private organization leading the community’s drive toward a more prosperous, sustainable economy.
As president of the Florida Chamber Foundation since 2010, Dale Brill works with state business leaders to secure Florida’s economic future. The foundation was instrumental in developing the Six Pillars, the first long-term strategic plan for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Brill served as director of the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade & Economic Development. Brill’s thought-provoking views will challenge the community to ensure that Sarasota County is aimed toward success in the new economy.
The EDC Legacy Awards are The John J. Cox Community Partner of the Year Award, created in honor of John J. Cox of Halfacre Construction Co., to recognize a non-profit organization that contributes to economic development by improving the area's quality of life; and the Clyde Nixon Business Leadership Award, sponsored by Sun Hydraulics Corp., which is given to an individual who exhibits outstanding values and business leadership.
The event’s presenting sponsor is State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Program sponsor is Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Additional sponsors include Florida Power & Light, Halfacre Construction Company, Kerkering Barberio, Sun Hydraulics Corp., SunTrust, Herald-Tribune Media Group, and Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota Inc.
The EDC of Sarasota County is the private, not-for-profit corporation leading the community’s economic development strategy to add high-wage jobs and diversify the local economy. The EDC provides business assistance to companies in Sarasota County and helps forge solutions to community challenges that affect quality of life. The EDC works in partnership with chambers of commerce, local governments and other organizations throughout the county and the region. For more information, visit www.edcsarasotacounty.com.