December 2020

Our Economic Development Reports can be found at 

economicdevelopmentreports.blogspot.com

and below.


Our sustainable economic development site is:

www.sarasotasistercities.com


which forwards to:  

sarasotasistercities.blogspot.com


Links to our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and all of our blogs can be found on the site.


We completed the first draft of the Gift Catalog for Sarasota and submitted it to the City Manager and Assistant City Manager of Sarasota. We will resubmit soon. The major expansion of Selby Gardens and The Bay are major gifts currently underway, and the Ringling Museum and Patriot Plaza are other great examples. 

giftsforsarasota.blogspot.com


Mote Aquarium is a Great Example of a Major Gift - The New Aquarium will be at I-75 and University Parkway - Gifts For Sarasota - A Public Private Partnership

 


 






The major improvement planned for Selby Gardens has been approved by the City.

https://selby.org/about/selby-gardens-master-plan2/


At the other end of the spectrum are smaller gifts such as park benches and trees. The idea is to promote the notion of giving gifts that will improve and enhance our community. We have photos of the trees that Sarasota Sister Cities has given.


We developed another new economic 
development effort. The Ringling College for Art and Design has an oustanding animation program. We proposed to them that they develop animations aimed at children and their parents. Our thought is that the animation characters would be entertaining and teach children about "Green" Sustainability and promote tourism and economic development.

You can view the draft at the site below:

On that site we also have a link to a Google Document with a version of the proposal. You can edit and improve the proposal directly. Please do so.


If Ringling is interested, our roll would be to try to gain interest and financial support from our targeted agencies - the tourism agencies of Florida, Sarasota, and Manatee Counties. We would also approach the major attractions in our region - the Ringling Museum, Mote, FST, Benderson Park.


All of our reports can be found at:

https://economicdevelopmentreports.blogspot.com/



November 2020

The minutes of last months meeting are on: 

https://minutesssc.blogspot.com/


Our Economic Development Reports can be found at 

https://economicdevelopmentreports.blogspot.com/

and below.


We have revamped the look of our sustainable economic development site can be found at:

www.sarasotasistercities.com

which forwards to:  

https://sarasotasistercities.blogspot.com/

Links to our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and all of our blogs can be found on the site.



The city Commission has decided to retain our controversial statue on the Bayfront. The statue is controversial but is also a very popular tourist attraction.   


We completed the first draft of the Gift Catalog for Sarasota

giftsforsarasota.blogspot.com


We submitted it to the City Manager and Assistant City Manager of Sarasota. If they are interested we will refine and improve the blog to better reflect the gifts that Sarasota wants.  Of course the major expansion of Selby Gardens and The Bay are major gifts currently underway, and the Ringling Museum and Patriot Plaza are other great examples. 


At the other end of the spectrum are smaller gifts such as park benches and trees. The idea is to promote the notion of giving gifts that will improve and enhance our community. We have photos of the trees that Sarasota Sister Cities has given.


We are also developing another potential new economic 
development effort. The Ringling College for Art and Design has and oustanding animation program. We propose approaching them with an idea to develop animations aimed at children and their parents. Our thought is that the animation characters would be entertaining and teach children about "Green" Sustainability and promote tourism and economic development.


You can view a rough draft at the site below:


On that site we also have a link to a Google Document with a version of the proposal. You can edit and improve the proposal directly. Please do so.

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Below are the trees that Sarasota Sister Cities have provided to the people of our Cities and our Sister Cities.



 























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








October 2020 - Gift Catalog



The Ringling Museum Was a Gift to the People of Florida


My report are on the sites below. I am spending time learning more about Economic Development in the region. Our efforts have been curtailed by the Covid-19 situation.

I am proposing a new project hat I would undertake and would like the Board's permission to develop. In the past I have often prepared a Gift Catalog for my communities. The idea is to promote the notion of giving gifts that will improve and enhance our community.


In Sarasota we have numerous examples of gifts that have substantially enhanced our region and helped our tourism industrty.  Selby Gardens, The Ringling Museum and Benderson Parks are great improvements for our region that were gifts by individuals. There are a number of great public art sculptures that have been donated. And at the less expensive end are park benches and trees, often donated with a plack to memorialize a loved one.  When we made our last trip to Israel our Sister Cities members purchased trees and planted them in the hills.

I explain how I would do this at: http://giftcatalog.blogspot.com/. I would develop the program on a blog, with a one page printed summary. I would approach the City of Sarasota to make sure they were open to receiving gifts and to get their thoughts about what gifts they would like to receive.

Some examples of photos of gifts that I took today.







I will market our services using our Blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook pages. The blog will be the main focus, and we use the other sites to expand our reach.

Blog sarasotasistercities.com

Twitter twitter.com/#!/SarasotaSisterC

LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/sarasotasistercities

Facebook facebook.com/SarasotaSisterCities

Email sarasotasistercities@gmail.com

Our Economic Development Strategy is on the blog.


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For assistance in locating or expanding your business in Sarasota or in one of our Sister Cities contact:

Craig Hullinger
941 312 1032










August 2020

Part of economic development is the careful planning for the future of the area.  Some parts of the City Comprehensive planning effort over the years is included below and on: 



The first Comprehensive Plan for the City of Sarasota was prepared in 1925. You can read it on this link.

https://www.sarasotafl.gov/home/showdocument?id=4691




Click on the links below to read the current Comprehensive Plan


Sarasota City Plan 2030

Comprehensive Plan


Chapters

 

Population Estimates


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New SSC Video Proposal

The use of videos is becoming much more widespread for spreading our message and for membership recruiting. Youtube has actually overtaken Facebook as the most widely used social media platform and Facebook has more videos all the time. Sarasota Sister Cities has been taking and posting more videos at: videossarasotasistercities.blogspot.com


All of our videos are amateur efforts except the one we did in 2014 which is the first one on our Video Blog and also at: https://vimeo.com/460972881.  We post our videos as we make them on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, Blogs, and Pinterest Platforms


Our professional video is still very nice but a bit dated. Shaun Greenspan, the son of SSC Members Betty and Richard Greenspan, did a very nice job on this video. I asked Shaun to give us a price for updating it - my thought is he would splice in some new content with Toni introducing it. Shaun tells me that technology has moved forward substantially and that it would be very difficult to make new footage added to the old video that would look professional. Gloria also thinks it would be best to do a new video. Shaun says it would be best to produce a new video and has given us a quote for $3,500. Shaun has discussed videotaping our Board in front of Sarasota Sculptures and beginning the video with aerial photography of our Bayfront and City. Click to view the proposal.  Board Members have suggested that we incorporate many of our SSC Photos in the Video.


I request that the Board discuss this issue to determine if we are interested in going forward. Thank you for your consideration.

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More Info About Sarasota Sister Cities

We have a great deal of information about Sarasota Sister Cities online.

The following addresses are used by Sarasota Sister Cities
Web...............sarasotasistercities.org 
Email........... sarasotasistercities@gmail.com

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

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Minutes of our previous two meetings are on


https://minutesssc.blogspot.com/