Your Investment at Work Series – Targeted Development

To look back at the progress of Sarasota Tomorrow initiatives in 2015, four issues of this Sarasota Tomorrow Insider electronic newsletter will be distributed to all Chamber members over upcoming weeks.  Each issue will focus on the major strategic components of Sarasota Tomorrow:  Targeted Development (high-lighted in this issue), Education & Workforce Development, Improving Our Business Climate  and Building on Past Sarasota Tomorrow Successes.

WebTargeted Development – Strengthening key locales
Supporting the development of core business areas.

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Our Downtown Economic Development Coordinator continues to work closely with Sarasota city staff and others promoting investment in our downtown.

* Facilitated real estate development.  Over 35 projects with an estimated construction value of $433,290,000 are currently underway or in the pipeline.

* Served on city teams for projects such as Fruitville Road enhancements and bringing new hotels to the area.

* Helped new downtown merchants with opening stores.

* Worked with companies looking to relocate to downtown.

U.S. 41 Roundabouts

The North Trail along U.S. 41 is receiving needed revitalization and economic development, advocated for by The Chamber.

* Planned a series of 10 traffic roundabouts connecting the airport and downtown, the majority of which are currently planned and partially funded.

* Advocated for our transportation priorities at the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization meetings.

* Provided economic market studies to FDOT representatives, which helped overcome their reluctance to support accelerated funding from the federal government.


Sarasota Tomorrow is playing a key role to move the Bayfront forward. This is the largest metro-downtown waterfront location planning opportunity in the state of Florida.

* Utilized top Chamber officers in the Bayfront 20:20 Coalition to improve this unique area and allocating Sarasota Tomorrow funds.

Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 is now entering its Phase III Partnership: Master Planning in order to reach its goal. This phase will involve site planning, facility planning, outreach and fundraising.

(Bayfront 20:20 includes the former Quay site, the empty G.WIZ building and 42 acres from Boulevard of the Arts to Payne Terminal surrounding the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.) Please share in expressing our gratitude to the leading firms, organizations, and individuals that have demonstrated their vision and commitment by funding and implementing the work of “S.T.”  With all your support, we will achieve the goal of the Sarasota Tomorrow initiative, which is “to secure a more prosperous future for greater Sarasota.”

Thank you Sarasota Tomorrow Investors!

Rock for a Cause with the Sarasota Young Professionals

Get ready to ROCK…for a Cause! The Sarasota Young Professionals Group and S-One Holdings Corporation are teaming up again this year to host the 2nd Annual Rock for a Cause at Payne Park on Saturday, November 21st.

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An event for people of all ages, Rock for a Cause celebrates local music, local business and community in Downtown Sarasota. Local musicians will compete in a battle of the bands to win a $1500 prize as well as $3500 to donate to a Sarasota County school music program of their choice. Continue reading “Rock for a Cause with the Sarasota Young Professionals”

The Downtown Beat with Norm Gollub

In today’s feature, we invite you to get to know our Downtown Economic Development Coordinator, Norm Gollub.

Norm Gollub (2)There’s no shortage of community organizations to join in Sarasota. If fact, there is an organization to satisfy just about any interest a person may have. You name it, flowers, singing, woodworking, the environment, politics, whatever your fancy may be. Of course, for obvious reasons my favorite organization is The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. That’s because I work there! But aside from that, it’s a fantastic location for me to be based out of to do my work as Downtown Economic Development Coordinator. It provides me with excellent access to the business community through its many councils and activities. It enables me to become involved in a variety of initiatives that affect businesses and residents alike. Then there are the not so obvious reasons why I like this organization, such as having a great staff to work with. I can honestly say that this is a group of people that strive to work together as a team and they do a great job of it. Plus, they don’t even mind my wry sense of humor. Continue reading “The Downtown Beat with Norm Gollub”