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    sarasotasistercities@gmail.com   Brochure 
Sarasotasistercities.org        facebook.com/SarasotaSisterCities                 

An American Gypsy by John (Tom) Halbert



Sarasota MOAA Member John (Tom) Halbert has written an interesting book about his life and career.  Tom grew up in Iowa and served as both a pilot and a public affairs officer in the Air Force.

Tom’s skills resulted in being assigned to interviewing prominent persons including former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Iowa Governor William S. Beardsley and Mt. Everest conqueror Sir Edward Hillary. He was an Air Force advisor to many New York and Hollywood TV and movie productions working with the legendary including: CBS News Anchor Walter Cronkite; NBC News Reporter Roy Neal; former Chicago Cubs first baseman Chuck Conners as the star of the Rifleman TV series; columnist Hedda Hopper, actress Joan Crawford; actor Jimmy Stewart, and producer Bernie Lay.

Tom amassed 5,000 flying hours in his career, gaining the Air Medal and the Bronze Star in combat. His expertise took him from base level assignments, to Headquarters Strategic Air Force Command and Air Force leadership in Air Force Public Affairs. Tom served eight years as the senior civilian in Air Force Public Affairs and later a 10 year tenure as executive manager of Armed Forces Radio & Television Europe.

In retirement Tom served as the President of Sarasota Sister Cities, leading it through a turbulent and challenging time.  He also served as President of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association.



May 2021

Our Economic Development Reports can be found at economicdevelopmentreports.blogspot.com

The unemployment rate for the Sarasota Bradenton metro area has dropped to 2.1%.  Good news for employees, bad news for businesses struggling to find workers.

In December 2021, the median price for a single-family home in Sarasota County was $435,788; in Manatee County, it was $460,00. The cost of housing has become a concern for our lower income service workers, and for the recruitment of employees from outside our metro area.

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Some of them are still in use today, others are of value
for the history of the organization.

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Newsletters

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New Sarasota Performing Arts Center

 

In this week’s City Report on@SNNTV City Manager Marlon Brown discusses plans for a new Sarasota Performing Arts Center &
’s critical role leading the community vision. youtu.be/KeOUaoncDm8




Our Sites

 The following addresses are used by Sarasota Sister Cities

Web...............sarasotasistercities.org 

The following blogs were used by Sarasota Sister Cities.
Some of them are still in use today, others are of value 
for the history of the organization.

Sister City Blogs


Sustainable Economic Development


Newsletters

bridgestotheworldssc.blogspot.com


Photos


Communication / Social Media videossarasotasistercities.blogspot.com


Miscellaneous