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Oct 10
2011

Ringling Arts Festival Touted in Miami Herald

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Ringling Museum , Ringling International Arts Festival , Ringling Arts Festival , Mikhail Baryshnikov  , John Ringling , International Arts Festival , Gateway to Sarasota , Ca' d'Zan

The Miami Herald interviewed Mikhail Baryshnikov and Dwight Currie, Ringling Museum (www.ringlingartsfestival.org) deputy director, for an in-depth look at the Oct. 11-16 Ringling Arts Festival. Despite the reduced budget—down to about $1 million this year from past $1.3 million budgets—the article references very successful ticket sales and sold-out performances. Click here to read the Miami Herald article.

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

Sep 29
2011

Newtown, North Trail and Downtown

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , 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

Lou Ann Palmer, Louann.palmer@srqmediagroup.com

Steve Queior, president of The Greater Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce, is ebullient about the portential of three areas of Sarasota - Newtown, the North Trail and Downtown - working together to achieve positive results sooner rather than later. "This is a perfect chance for the three adjacent areas to communicate and cooperate. The better one does, the better the others will do." The yet-to-be-hired North Trail redevelopment director, Newtown head Lorna Alston and Downtown chief Randy Welker can support each other and collaborate in ways that will be beneficial to all. "Having each other on speed dial will be second nature," said Queior. "We should have cross memberships of businesses, neighborhoods and individuals to determine how they can work together to achieve their common goal of attracting positive economic growth in the near future. "For example, we don't know what we need for retail analysis, what mix of businesses will be successful," Queior continued. "The Chamber has just contracted with CoStar. The company will evaluate our retail mix and sales volume to determine what type of stores we should attract to improve both. Welker can share this information with North Trail and Newtown. In attrracting new investors, some may not be appropriate for downtown but may be perfect fits for Newtown or North Trail. CoStar information can be valuably shared by all three legs of the table. There could be significant opportunities for integrated growth from one area into the others. The three leaders can help each other create strategic direction, but their organizations and volunteers must have boots on the gound for 'hands on' help to succeed. Success begets success!" Although each group will work separately, collaboration of leadership and sharing ideas, data and contacts could improve the perception and create the reality that Sarasota is on the path to improving the business climate to attract investors looking for success. SRQ Columnist Lou Ann Palmer is a former Sarasota mayor and equal opportunity pisser-offer.

Original article published in SRQ Daily Wednesday, September 28, 2011(www.srqmagazine.com).

Sep 28
2011

Statham-Lopez Film Shooting at Ca' d'Zan

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota County Film and Entertainment , Ringling Museum , Parker , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Sarasota , John Ringling , Jennifer Lopez , Jason Statham , Gateway to Sarasota , Filming in Sarasota , Film Schools , Film Industry , Economic Redevelopment , Economic Growth , Economic Development Coordinator , Economic Development , Ca' d'Zan

 

 Jacob Ogles, Jacob.Ogles@srqmediagroup.com

Sep 22
2011

Light Beer, Large Flavor

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Pubs , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota Businesses , Sarasota Business , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Gateway to Sarasota , Economic Redevelopment , Economic Growth , Economic Development Coordinator , Economic Development , Brewery , Beer

Sara Stovall, Saras@srqmediagroup.com

Attention, antique beer aficionados: Growler’s Pub has the Original Lager from the world’s oldest existing brewery on tap. The Weihenstephan Brewery has been crowned a hill in the German state of Bavaria since the year 1040. This pale golden brew smacks of a centuries-old perfection process, with a round, wheat-sweet mouthfeel and a crisp, fruity finish. Though its color is supremely delicate, there is nothing watery about this beautifully drinkable yet complex lager.

Growler’s Pub, 2831 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-487-7373

Original article published in SRQ Daily Monday, September 19, 2011 (www.srqmagazine.com)

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)