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The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is a successful public private partnership founded in 2004. The EDC is the only countywide organization that works solely to diversify our sector-dependent local economy. A diversified economy protects against economic volatility. Our private investors play a vital role in driving our mission.

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November 15

Chair Advisor Roundtable
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Join the EDC and Florida’s Regional Executives for an in-depth conversation about current business climates and to hear an update from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Shari Bower, Regional Executive Miami Branch
Michelle Dennard, Regional Executive Jacksonville Branch

Hosted by PGT Innovations
Invitation: Chair Advisors

December 5

Investor Social

Join us for an opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow EDC investors and the new leadership team of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County. Hear about the vision for this year as we celebrate the EDC’s 20th Anniversary! Sponsored by Florida Power & Light

Location: S-One Holdings, 4728 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231
Time: 4:00 – 6: 00 pm
Invitation: All Investors

January 18

Transforming the Community for Tomorrow: North Sarasota County

An interactive discussion on the transformation of our community in the North Sarasota County area.
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Invitation: All Investors

February 20

Consultants Connect: Women’s Summit

By Invitation

February 29

Business in the Ballpark: Orioles vs Pirates

Time: TBD
Invitation: Chair Advisors

March 14

Business in the Ballpark: Braves vs Yankees

Time: TBD
Invitation: Chair Advisors

April 24

Meet The Projects

Join the EDC for an engaging and informative program highlighting three companies that have expanded in Sarasota County. Hear their journey, why they chose Sarasota County, and how we can collaborate to continue creating an ecosystem that fosters growing companies. 

May 16

Economic Outlook Breakfast

Networking: 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Event: 8:00 am – 9:30 am 
Location: Ritz Carlton Sarasota
To register please contact Anna Eger at aeger@edcsarasotacounty.com


Chair Advisor Roundtable

Details to be announced soon
Invitation: Chair Advisors

July 30

2024 Meet the Candidate

Details to be announced soon
Invitation: Investors

September 12

Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

Please join the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County as we host our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. We are pleased to be presenting 2 awards at this event. The Ringling College Innovation by Design Award, recognizes a business or individual for their innovative product or service that demonstrates a creative design solution and has achieved market success. The Clyde Nixon Business Leadership Award is awarded to an individual in Sarasota County who embodies the personal and business values that were so clearly demonstrated by Clyde Nixon. Seating for this popular event is limited, so please register early and arrive promptly for excellent networking opportunities.

Time: 11:30am
Location: TBD
Registration Link: Coming Soon!

The EDC is the only countywide organization that works solely to diversify our sector-dependent local economy. A diversified economy protects against economic volatility. Our private investors play a vital role in driving our mission.

Benefits to Sarasota County

Assisted Projects 2019-Today


Capital Investment


10-year Local Tax Benefit


Projected New Jobs


New Yearly Payroll

Catch Up with the EDC

North Port Innovation Corridor

In support of the City of North Port’s priorities, our staff submitted a comprehensive RFP for the North Port Innovation Corridor to the Florida First Sites Program, included is 515 acres for future business park and light industrial. We were thrilled the site was accepted; it is one of only ten sites in the program this year.

D-Trans LLC

D-Trans LLC, is a local company that is expanding its shipping, warehousing, fleet maintenance and HQ office facilities by 27,000 square feet with plans to add 50 new jobs. We look forward to the opening of the new HQ and facility expansion in Fall 2023.

Technology & Entrepreneurship Network

EDC Technology & Entrepreneurship Network, The second meeting of the EDC Technology & Entrepreneurship Network Working Group on June 28th. The EDC was joined by 30 participants from a wide range of backgrounds, including local entrepreneurs and technology startups, investors, private capital and lenders, education and government. The Technology and Entrepreneurship Network is hitting the ground running with planning for future events, meet-ups and strategic activities that the EDC can facilitate along with the volunteer network.

"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




The multi-level private investor program of the EDC provides a variety of benefits. You have an opportunity to join a proven and successful public-private partnership, positioning your company among the leaders of Sarasota County. To build the high-quality capacity needed to help new businesses start and existing businesses flourish, a strong private sector commitment is essential.


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