Sustainable Development in Sarasota and Our Sister Cities

Sarasota, Florida is a great place to visit, live, and to expand your business. And our eight Sister Cities are ready to help you expand into their countries. Sustainable "Green" Economic Development combines environmental improvement and economic development. Economic Development and “Green” Development are synergistic, improving our quality of life. For assistance contact:

Craig Hullinger  Vice President Economic Development         941 312 1032
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SSC Videos - Bridges to Peace and Understanding



Click to view our nice older video about Sarasota Sister Cities

Selby Gardens Ground Breaking


Help us break ground for the Master Plan on Thursday, June 3!

Dear Friends,

We are two weeks away from a momentous time in Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' history!  As you know, the Groundbreaking Ceremony for our Downtown Sarasota campus Master Plan has been set for Thursday, June 3, so it's time to get started! 

I am thrilled to report that we have now raised $38.5 million toward the anticipated Phase One Goal of $42.5 million -- which is more than 90 percent of the way there, and we are aiming to secure all remaining funding commitments before the festivities take place. On behalf of all of us at Selby Gardens, we do hope you will help us to make our vital vision for the future a reality by supporting our campaign for this effort: Innovating a Greener Future: The Campaign for Selby Gardens.

There are many ways you can support this transformational undertaking, and a number of wonderful naming opportunities are available for recognition starting at $2,500 with a solar panel and moving up to the leadership level. You can also make a contribution at any level here. To request a list of naming opportunities, please contact Hermione Gilpin, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Membership at 941.248.3583 or  If you are planning to leave Selby Gardens in your estate plan, I encourage you to let us know so that we can recognize you now as part of this once-in-a-lifetime undertaking.  All contributors to the Master Plan will be invited to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony, and leadership donors will be recognized during the festivities. You will also be able to attend virtually through a live simulcast. 

This Master Plan is a vital opportunity to realize the full potential of our beloved gardens, while also preserving our important history for the generations to come. At the same time, it will allow us to: 

  • Add more open space 
  • Safeguard and showcase the world's best scientifically documented collections of orchids and bromeliads 
  • Become the first ever net positive botanical garden complex and an international model for the latest green building technology 
  • Accommodate our rapidly growing visitor base 
  • Connect the underserved families and children in our region to the wonders of Selby Gardens 

Thank you for considering the dynamic future of our treasured Selby Gardens. We look forward to hearing from you, and to beginning our sustainable future with you!

Jennifer O. Rominiecki
President & CEO
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Sarasota Sister Cities - Website, History, Photos, and Economic Development

The Website for Sarasota Sister Cities is

We have numerous photos online for Sarasota Sister Cities. You can view them by going to News on the website and then Photos.

Or you can go directly to:

Click the Links for the history of Sarasota Sister Cities.

Information about Sarasota Sister Cities Economic Development efforts can be found at  I am the Vice President for Economic Development. If you have interest in locating or expanding your business in Sarasota please contact me at:

Craig Hullinger
941 312 1032


Sarasota's Bayfront - Gifts For Sarasota - A Public Private Partnership


The improvements to Sarasota's Bayfront are the result of a major public private partnership that will enhance our economy and sustainability. A great gift to our community.


  • Ecological, economic and financial sustainability are fundamental to the long-term success of Sarasota’s bayfront and critical to the realization of our aspirations. Achieving a sustainable future for the bayfront will require continuous cooperation among the public, private and non-profit sectors.

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Mote Aquarium at I-75 and University Parkway - Gifts For Sarasota - A Public Private Partnership




About 100 people turned out for Friday’s Mote Aquarium groundbreaking next to the Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota. Some firefighters, general public, press, Sarasota and Manatee commissioners and Mote trustee and board members attended the event. Mote has raised more than $75 million for the new ship-shaped aquarium and will use the existing Mote Marine Lab for research space.

A true public partnership between Mote, local governments, and charitable donors. 
A great gift to our community.

Gifts From Sarasota Sister Cities


The Sister Cities Trees are located near the tip of Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.

Enterprise Florida


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Connecting With Zoom


Zoom photo of a recent Board Meeting

Our recent minutes at:

City of Sarasota Economic Development

Office of Economic Development

1782 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way Sarasota, FL 34234

The Office of Economic Development promotes Citywide economic development through projects and initiatives, including those related to the Newtown Community Redevelopment Area, the St. Armand's Business Improvement District, the Downtown Business Improvement District, and the commercial districts of the City including Southside Village, the North Trail Cultural District, and greater Downtown including Burns Square, Rosemary, Towles Court, Fruitville Corridor, and the Payne Park-Government district.


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Marian Anderson Place redevelopmentFruitville Road Redesign
St. Armand's Circle Public RestroomsN. Palm Avenue Improvements
Newtown Banking Facility2nd and 4th Street Bikeways 
Land AssemblageFredd Atkins Park
Janie's Garden Commercial Spaces FOR LEASEMain Street Improvements

Lemon Avenue Improvements
Newtown Business Assistance Grant ProgramCEO (Community Entrepreneur Opportunity) 
Opportunity Zones Newtown Technical Skills Initiative
Miss Susie's Newtown Neighborhood KitchenNewtown Vocational Facility (in development)
EDAVTE (Econ. Dev. Ad Valorem Tax Exemption)HERT: Housing as an Economic Redevelopment Tool
HUB Zone and Enterprise ZoneNewtown Business Org/Marketing (in development)
Title Repair Program "No Place Like Home"Newtown Community Redevelopment Plans
Historic Newtown: Projects, Programs, & PossibilitiesNorth Tamiami Trail
Newtown Historic Property Renovation ProgramDowntown Master Plan 2020
Cultural Special Event Grant Program (NEW!)

Steven StancelGeneral ManagerSteven.Stancel@SarasotaFL.gov941-263-6286
Onya BatesRedevelopment ManagerOnya.Bates@SarasotaFL.gov941-263-6281 
Susan DoddRedevelopment ManagerSusan.Dodd@SarasotaFL.gov941-263-6282
Rowena Elliott Redevelopment SpecialistRowena.Elliott@SarasotaFL.gov941-263-6284
John MoranOperations Manager, D.I.D. John.Moran@SarasotaFL.gov941-724-5578
Brandy Wiesner Operations Manager, B.I.D. Brandy.Wiesner@SarasotaFL.gov941-266-7599
 Jackie GiovannoneAdministrative Specialist 941-263-6285 

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EDC Sarasota County

Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County

Sarasota County is excited to help you start, grow or relocate your business. If you’re ready to have a conversation, please call +1 941-309-1200.