The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is a team of engaged public and private leaders committed to being the catalyst for a sustainable, globally competitive, vibrant economy.
A Catalyst for Economic Possibilities
We connect entrepreneurs, business leaders and major corporations to new and existing development opportunities. Whether it’s for expanding an existing enterprise or relocating a business to Sarasota County, we can help.
To be the organization that is the catalyst for creating a vibrant economy that is sustainable and competitive globally.
To grow, diversify and sustain the economy of Sarasota County while enhancing our unique natural and cultural environment.
The EDC embraces innovative thinking and processes within the organization and supports innovations in the business community.
The EDC is responsible to its stakeholders, maintains commitments and is an excellent steward of resources.
The EDC fosters and promotes partnerships within the community to meet the common good.
The EDC recognizes the strengths and successes achieved in working together regionally.
The EDC promotes stewardship of the area’s natural and cultural environment in balance with a sustainable growing economy.
The EDC provides direction and leadership in matters that affect the community’s economy.
Board of Directors
Joe C. Hembree
Vice President, Hembree & Associates Inc.
Market President, Truist
Shaun P. Merriman
Regional President – West Florida, SouthState Bank
Executive Vice President/Market President, The Bank of Tampa
At Large Member
SVP, Corporate Sales & Innovation, PGT Innovations
President, Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty
ED, Industrial Office Warehouse, Benderson Development Company, LLC
Dr. Todd Fritch
EVP and Provost, State College of Florida
Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Dr. Karen Holbrook
Regional Chancellor, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
West Coast Area Manager – External Affairs, Florida Power & Light Company
President & CEO, S-One Holdings Corp.
President & CEO, Sarasota Orchestra
President and CEO, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
President, Michael Saunders & Company
Chief Executive Officer, Enzymedica
President, Wellen Park
Partner-In-Charge, Carr, Riggs & Ingram
Shareholder, Kerkering Barberio & Co.
Dr. Bill Woodson
Dean of Outreach, Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence, New College of Florida
Mayor Erik Arroyo
City of Sarasota
Commissioner Nancy C. Detert
Commissioner Penelope “Penny” Gold
The Town of Longboat Key
Commissioner Jill Luke
City of North Port
Vice Mayor Nick Pachota
City of Venice
Zachary Buffington, Esq.
Partner, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
“As Sarasota County’s largest employer, we are proud to support the EDC and serve as an economic engine for the region.”
– David Verinder, CEO, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
President & CEO
(941) 309-1200 x100
Erin Silk, CEcD
Vice President, Business Development Services
(941) 309-1200 ext. 105
Business Development Specialist
(941) 309-1200 ext. 101
Board Liaison & Assistant to the President
(941) 309-1200 ext. 103
Karen Stewart, CEcD
(941) 309-1200 ext. 102
(941) 309-1200 ext. 106
(941) 309-1200 ext. 109
Invest in Sarasota County
The EDC of Sarasota County diversifies our local economy and helps create jobs for Floridians. Investing in the EDC empowers us to grow our economy and attract more business to our region.