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Sep 16
2011

New College of Florida Ranked No. 6 by U.S. News & World Report

Posted by in Universities , Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , New College , My Tamiami , Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report has ranked New College of Florida (www.ncf.edu) the No. 6 public college in its annual rankings of the best national liberal arts colleges. New College also ranked in the top tier of all national liberal arts colleges, public and private, coming in at No. 94, up five spots from last year. This is the seventh consecutive year the college has been ranked one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges overall by the magazine.

Original article published in BIZ(941) Daily September 14, 2011 (www.biz941.com)

Sep 13
2011

New College of Florida in Newsweek’s Top 10 Free-Spirited Colleges

Posted by in Universities , Tamiami Trail , Tamiami Cultural District , New College , My Tamiami , Gateway to Sarasota , Best Colleges

New College of Florida (www.ncf.edu) has been named the eighth most Free-Spirited College in “The Best Colleges for You,” in Newsweek magazine's annual rankings. The rankings appeared in the magazine’s Sept. 5 issue (http://www.thedailybeast.com/topics/college-rankings-2011).

Original article published in BIZ941 Daily (www.biz941.com)

Sep 12
2011

Clapp: North Trail gateway taking shape

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota County Commission , Sarasota City Commission , Sarasota Businesses , Sarasota Business , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Gateway to Sarasota , Economic Redevelopment , Economic Growth , Economic Development Coordinator , Economic Development

By RICHARD CLAPP, Guest Columnist
Published: Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 1:00 a.m.

 

 

Something new is happening on Sarasota's North Trail. For the last two years a group of dedicated volunteers has been working diligently to improve this gateway to our city. Instead of complaining about the blight, they have taken action.


Sep 06
2011

Ringling Grads Win Awards from Tampa Independent Film Fest

Posted by in Universities , Tamiami Cultural District , Ringling , My Tamiami , Film Schools , Economic Growth , Best Colleges

Two Ringling College of Art and Design (www.ringling.edu) 2011 Computer Animation graduates, Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis, have won the Best Student Animation award from the Tampa Bay Art & Education Network's Independents’ Film Festival (www.tbae.net) for their senior thesis film Defective Detective. In addition to traditional theatrical screening of films to the community, all IFF official selections are televised on The Education Channel for an entire month with web simulcasts.
Original article published in BIZ941 Daily, Wednesday, August 31, 2011 (www.biz941.com).

Aug 26
2011

Light Up Your Life Takes Prize

Posted by in Sarasota Lighting , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota Businesses , Sarasota Business , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , Gateway to Sarasota

Light Up Your Life was announced as the winner of the Lighting Showroom of the Year awards in the "Sales Under Two Million" category. The awards were held in Texas and included entries from the United States and Canada. Light Up Your Life is owned by Susan and Moritz Inderbinen. The business has been located in Sarasota for the last 13 years. Share: Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter

Light Up Your Life

Aug 25
2011

New College of Florida Is a 2010 Fiske Best Buy School

Posted by in Universities , Sarasota Florida , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , New College , Best Colleges

New College of Florida (www.ncf.edu) is featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 (www.fiskeguide.com) and named a Best Buy school, one of 24 public and 25 private institutions to earn that distinction. New College has been rated a Best Buy school in the Fiske Guide since 2003.

Original article published in BIZ941 Daily August 24, 2011 (www.biz941.com)

Aug 24
2011

North Trail Time

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota County Commission , Sarasota City Commission , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Economic Redevelopment , Economic Growth , Economic Development Coordinator , Economic Development

Lou Ann Palmer, Louann.palmer@srqmediagroup.com

With the Sarasota County and City commissions' approval of $40,000 each, plus some $22,000 already committed by property owners, the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership is raring to go to renovate and resuscitate the northern gateway into Sarasota. "The group will be meeting this week to energize the business plan by determining the qualifications for hiring a redevelopment director," said Dick Clapp, a founder of the partnership. Sarasota City Manager Bob Bartolotta looks forward to working with NTRP and the County to develop a contract identifying the formal structure so both government agencies can partially fund the effort for the next two years. A draft version of alterations to the current overlay district will soon be presented to the partnership, North Trail Business Alliance and the four neighborhoods flanking the linear corridor -- Indian Beach Sapphire Shores, Tahiti Park, Central Cocoanut, and Bayou Oaks -- prior to presentation to the City Planning Board and City Commission. Partnership leaders including Clapp, Jay Patel, Steve Roskamp and Richard Dorfman have worked strenuously to develop a business plan and alterations to the city code to enhance, encourage and attract new development. The neighborhoods, educational institutions, property and business owners have all been involved and are enthusiastic about the timing for all of this to come together. With land costs at an all time low, opportunities for attracting financial investment is higher than it's been for a very long time. As Commissioner Willie Shaw said: "What is positive for the North Trail is positive for all of Sarasota." Jay Patel agreed. "In the last six to eight months, the North Trail has become more affordable. The momentum is building. The need is now. The opportunity is now." The City Commission unanimously jumped on board with the request. The County Commission did, too. With additional private sector support, the NTRP is anticipating their redevelopment director to be sitting in his or her Roskamp Center office ready to roll by the first of next year.

Original article appeared in SRQ Daily for Wednesday, August 24, 2011 (www.srqmagazine.com)

Aug 18
2011

North Trail Redevelopment Partnership Receives $120,000 for "Gateway to Sarasota"

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The North Trail Redevelopment Partnership will receive $40,000 from Sarasota City Commissioners for the partnership’s efforts to drive economic growth along the North Tamiami Trail area. This amount adds to the $80,000 the partnership has already received for its “Gateway to Sarasota” project ($40,000 from Sarasota County and $40,000 contributed by businesses and neighbors in the area). Funds will be used to open an office, hire an economic development coordinator, re-brand the area and hold events.
See original article:  http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=90b255b20087b1d87f7762948&id=93a2745293

 

Aug 16
2011

Group seeks rebranding of North Trail

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Economic Redevelopment

Published: Monday, August 15, 2011 at 11:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 15, 2011 at 11:17 p.m.

Can the North Trail area of Sarasota — even as it battles a hardscrabble reputation — really be marketed as an arts and cultural district?

Perhaps, says a group of local business owners, educational representatives and others hoping to spur economic growth along Tamiami Trail north of downtown Sarasota.

In part, they believe simply rebranding the area as an arts, educational and cultural mecca is a start.

They point out that from 10th Street to the Sarasota/Manatee county line, the North Trail is home to three colleges, three museums and two major theaters.

Aug 16
2011

North Trail partnership says time is right for redevelopment

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Economic Redevelopment

Reported by: Fallon Silcox Email: fsilcox@mysuncoast.com Last Update: 8/12 6:38 pm
 

Reported by: Fallon Silcox Email: fsilcox@mysuncoast.com Last Update: 8/12 6:38 pm

 

SARASOTA - Unlike downtown Sarasota or the University Parkway corridor, North Tamiami Trail isn't known for its shops or restaurants. And over the years it's developed a somewhat negative reputation. But the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership is working to change that stigma.

Officials with the partnership say the new Walmart project in the area is only the beginning, and now they're hoping to get the city on board to take North Tamiami Trail to the next level.

Currently, abandoned buildings, empty offices, and vacant lots welcome people to the north end of Tamiami Trail.

“This is one of the areas in the city that is under-developed. Most of the areas you see -- South Trail, Downtown -- have been developed.” Jay Patel, chair of the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership, says this section of the Trail has lacked development for the last 30 years, despite its potential. “There's a lot of vacant land here, vacant buildings here that are good. If it’s re-developed it has a good tax base generation for the county.”

And now the partnership is hoping for some help from the city. On Monday, city commissioners will decide whether to contribute $40,000 to go towards hiring an economic development coordinator for the area. “In the past two years, what we have created are a lot of tools in terms of demographics, maps, and different things. And we have the tools ready for the person to go out and market the Trail,” says Patel.

Businesses along the Trail say they think North Tamiami Trail is worth the city's investment. “You have New College up the street, Ringling right across the street, and there's really no where for them to walk to go, except for here and a few other spots,” says Christine Dormo of Big E’s Sweets Gourmet Coffee.

Patel says with the plans for the new Walmart, and other businesses on board, the timing is right. “If we provide the right tools, you have the people, they'll be coming. You have the traffic that’s on the trail of about 40,000 cars, and the demographic stays around with students and affordable groceries and everything…bringing things alive on the Trail.”

The economic development coordinator will also work on branding the North Trail and organizing festivals and things like that to bring people to the area.  See original article http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/local/story/North-Trail-partnership-says-time-is-right-for/CjomHT_KxUe3EqhUwWIZiA.cspx.