The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, in conjunction with Sarasota Magazine, has produced an exciting 16-page color report, Your Business. Your Life – Right Here in Paradise, addressing the numerous advantages of doing business in Sarasota County. As a sponsor of this publication, Kerkering, Barberio & Co. invites you to explore and share this information with others you know who may be considering relocating their business to our beautiful community.
Blending Work with Lifestyle
For decades, Sarasota has attracted people who could live anywhere in the world. Fortune 500 CEOs, successful serial entrepreneurs and small and medium-size company owners quickly fall in love with Sarasota’s natural beauty, rich arts and cultural scene, and abundant sports and outdoor recreational opportunities. Just as important to newcomers are our quality K-12 education, top-ranked educational institutions, and impressive medical facilities and doctors. All of these assets are located in a community with no rush hour traffic, yet within an hour’s drive of Tampa, a major city with additional cultural, medical, university and professional sports options. And did we mention that the average daily temperature in February is 74 degrees?
Sarasota County is known for its commitment to top-quality public schools – in fact since 2006, residents have voted in favor of a 1 mill property tax that generates about $42 million annually for the district and gives our students a competitive edge. Our public schools outperform the state average in SAT scores and include the nationally top-ranked Pine View School for the Gifted as well as recognized magnet programs such as the International Baccalaureate program.
Sarasota and Manatee counties are home to State College of Florida, among the top 100 associate degree producers in the world; University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, whose M.B.A. students score in the 91st percentile nationally on the M.B.A. Major Field Test; nationally ranked New College of Florida – the state’s honors college and one of the top producers of Fulbright Scholars in the country – and Ringling College of Art and Design, which has one of the top computer animation programs in North America and other highly rated programs, from graphic design to digital filmmaking.
Our internationally respected research institutes include the Roskamp Institute, a leader in researching diseases of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s, and offers Ph.D.s in neuroscience. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is a leader in aquaculture, and shark and marine mammal research. The region boasts two medical schools, and we also have two public technical institutes that offer skills in welding, machining, drafting, automotive and marine technologies and much more.