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Creative Industries

The convergence of tech, art and entertainment. Sarasota County attracts people and companies who are actively creating innovative products and services that are changing our world—both now and in the future.

The Intersection of Creativity and Technology

Sarasota County’s cultural infrastructure ranks among the best in Florida. Home to one of the best arts schools in the Southeast, Ringling College of Art & Design has created a culture that pushes for a higher level of creativity and innovation. 

Today, nearly every industry leverages or engages the creative economy in some aspect. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the creative economy “is an evolving concept which builds on the interplay between human creativity and ideas and intellectual property, knowledge and technology. Essentially it is the knowledge-based economic activities upon which the ‘creative industries’ are based.” Sarasota County is uniquely positioned to help companies in this sector grow, which is why many have been drawn to our coast. With the right environment—geography, business incentives, and workforce—to grow this particular sector now, and for years to come.

Key Statistics

2,091 Companies

11,743 Jobs

$80,123 Avg. Salary

Key Sectors

Architectural Services

Software Publisher

Ornamental and Architectural Metal Work Manufacturing

Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers

Internet Publishing, Broadcasting & Web Search Portals

Advertising Agencies

Key Jobs

Based on MSA (North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton)

Graphic Designers

580 Jobs

$54,600 Avg. Salary

Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers

1,095 Jobs

$45,583 Avg. Salary

Civil Engineers

443 Jobs

$106,600 Avg. Salary


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