PGT Innovations Undergoing Growth in Otherwise Uncertain Times

During the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday October 7, 2020, the commission voted unanimously to support awarding PGT Innovations an $129,000 economic development incentive for relocating WinDoor operations […]

COVID-Driven Manufacturing Growth Shows Need to Extend Tax Exemption

by Dave Bullock Featured in The Herald Tribune on 9-28-2020 Among the ongoing changes wrought by COVID is an unexpected shift toward local manufacturers expanding in Sarasota County. This is […]

FL DEO Reemployment Assistance Update

September 30, 2020 The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued reemployment assistance updates on the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claims Dashboard. As of September 29, DEO has paid 2,012,805 claimants […]

County launching CARES Act Funds applications

Individual and business assistance applications will be available starting noon Wednesday, Sept. 16, for the community to access Sarasota County’s Coronavirus Relief Fund allocations of $18.9 million. The monies, which […]

15th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop

This year’s Sustainable Communities Workshop, “Transforming to New Ways Forward,” will safely bring us together to discuss sustainability priorities. We are excited to present this year’s workshop in a new […]

Solar co-op launches for Sarasota County residents to go solar together

Nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) announced today the launch of the Sarasota 2020 Solar Co-op to help the region’s residents go solar. The co-op is made possible with funding […]

Florida Begins Paying Federal Lost Wages Assistance Program Benefits

On September 8, 2020 Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (Department) has completed the necessary technology changes to begin paying the Federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) […]

Seven Companies from Sarasota County Compete to Earn Prestigious Honor

GrowFL Announces 2020 Florida Companies to Watch Finalists The EDC of Sarasota County is excited to recognize the seven companies from Sarasota County who were named to the list of […]

Be on the Lookout – Sarasota County Business Tax Bills Arriving Soon

Sarasota County Business owners will be receiving their Business Tax bills over the next few days. You’ll notice the top portion of the bill is a Sarasota County business survey […] Announces New GED Sign-On Program for Job Seekers in Sarasota, a 23-year-old international shipping and shopping giant, recently announced the expansion of its education benefits program to job seekers looking to obtain a GED or High School diploma. The […]

Rent Assistance Available

The Sarasota Consortium, a joint administration of Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota through the Office of Housing and Community Development, will be making rental assistance available for those […]

Sarasota County Commissioners approve $18.9M in Coronavirus Relief Fund Allocations and Programs

We encourage you to sign up to receive updates regarding this and other business assistance programs. Aug. 19, 2020 The Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners made several decisions regarding […]

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