Southwest Airlines Announces Intention To Serve Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today announced plans to expand its Florida service by adding flights at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) in first quarter of 2021. Sarasota will be […]

GrowFL Announces 50 Florida Companies Worth Watching

Five Sarasota County companies were named in the 50 companies selected. Demonstrating outstanding leadership, culture and growth. GrowFL is pleased to announce the 50 companies selected as this year’s GrowFL […]

Van Wezel Foundation Launches Regional Survey for New Sarasota Performing Arts Center on the Bay

Anonymous survey being conducted by national scientific-based research firm The Van Wezel Foundation is launching a regional, community-wide survey to obtain feedback for the planning of a new Sarasota Performing […]

Sarasota-Manatee Arts & Humanities Funded Internships

A Request for Proposal: New College of Florida (NCF) is sponsoring a select number of non-profit/501c3 organizations and government agencies in Sarasota and Manatee counties to fund internships with project(s) […]

Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemption — Charlie Murphy

On Nov. 3, 2020, Sarasota County voters will be asked whether or not to renew the Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemption (EDAVTE), which is designed to encourage new businesses […]

With BRIDGE Angel Investors’ Funding, Tech Companies Expand Adult Learning and Networking Opportunities and Online Education Support Services

The two businesses selected by BRIDGE Angel Investors to receive financial support to expand their operations in 2020 both provide technological bridges to help connect and engage people virtually in […]

Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and the City of North Port Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 19, 2020 Washington, DC – Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and the City of North Port won a Bronze Rank for its Sarasota County […]

Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award – Nominations Open

In 2015 EDC and Ringling College collaborated to celebrate innovation and creativity in product design. Nominations are collected via survey. Submissions are evaluated by panel consisting of EDC selection committee […]

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 […]

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