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                                        Volume 13         February 2013        Issue 2   
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Economic Development Corporation of
 Sarasota County  
2601Cattlemen Road
Suite 102
Sarasota, FL 34232 

Tel: (941) 309-1200 
 Fax: (941) 309-1209

Florida. The Perfect Climate for Business
Enterprise Florida and Governor Rick Scott unveiled the state's first-ever business brand this month, "Florida. The Perfect Climate for Business." More than just a logo or a tagline, the Florida business brand provides a common thread that will allow all of the state's economic development organizations to work together in showcasing Florida as a premier business destination. If you haven't already seen it, take a look.
FPL Launches the PoweringFlorida™ Resource Center   Florida Power & Light launched a new website earlier this month offering a comprehensive analysis tool for local economic development organizations. In addition to providing great detail about the companies already in an area, the site allows EDO's to analyze competitiveness against industry specific criteria, establish strengths and weaknesses for target industry sectors and generate real lists (from 18 million companies worldwide) for recruitment.  A reflection of FPL's continued commitment to economic development in our state, we are glad to provide access to this information. 
For more information contact Kyle Stevens at the EDC.
Regional IT Workforce Initiative
As with the Manufacturer's Skill Gap Study, the EDC was involved with the Regional IT Workforce Study which similarly looked at the ability of IT firms to fill their current and future openings. The results of that study have been released and Guy Hagen, Vice President of Digital Strategy and Research at Tucker Hall, will be here March 12 to discuss the results, the impact on local firms and possible solutions our region could undertake to narrow that gap.  Click here for more information and to register.
Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office Update
As part of the SCFEO's effort to attract new television and film markets to our community, Jeanne Corcoran recently attended the Real Screen Summit in Washington, D.C. and the BVE Production Show in London, England.

The Film Office has also been very active hosting two Film Mixers to bring together our local talent.   
Film Mixer
"Family Friendly & Faith Based Entertainment" film mixer at the Powell Crosley Estate included a panel discussion with award-winning filmmakers and production professionals. Thank you to our sponsors, Bradenton Area Film Commission and Hilton Garden Inn.

Jacquelyn Reingold Film Mixer
"A Conversation with Jacquelyn Reingold" film mixer at USF Sarasota-Manatee featured Jackie Reingold, award-winning television and theatre writer, author, and most recently, writer on the hit show "SMASH". Thank you to our sponsors, USF Sarasota-Manatee and The Hermitage Artist Retreat.

2013 Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 12, 2013

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota


Including EDC Legacy Awards Presentation  

 - Clyde Nixon Business Leadership  

 - John J. Cox Community Partner of the Year


Sponsorships Available 

Please contact dberg@edcsarasotacounty.com or call 941.309.1200 extension 103 for information on sponsorship opportunities available for this event.