Economic Development Report Sep 20, 2019

We have planned our Economic Development Presentation for November 7, 2019 at the Selby Library at 5 Points in Downtown Sarasota 4:00 pm followed by a Meet and Greet at a location nearby. We will Inform our Members about Economic Development in the City and County of Sarasota, as well as the EB-5 program which provides Visa Green Cards for people who make significant business investments. 

We have speakers from the Economic Development Departments of the City and County of Sarasota. Sylva Kanderal and I will explain the EB-5 Program. More info at:

We reworked the Economic Development blog, eliminating most of the historic photographs and posts per the direction of our President.  The site is:

Which forwards to:

Both addresses work.

We are working with Sister City Communication team to integrate Economic Development information with the Web site. We submitted two alternative drafts of the proposed Economic Development page for the new Web Site.

We visited the City of Perpignan and discussed potential Economic Development efforts. Photos of the visit are posted on our Perpignan site.

We visited with representatives of the regional Economic Development group.

More info at  and

We contacted the French American Business Council. Thanks to Gloria Grenier for providing the contact.

We refined our Printable Brochure

Economic Development Seminar Nov 7, 2019

We met with County and City Economic development officials
and told them about interest in helping them with Economic 
development efforts and gained their support for our proposed 

Sarasota Sister Cities is planning a panel discussion on Economic Development in Sarasota.  We plan to do the presentation on November 7, 2019 at the Selby Library at 4:00 pm.

Discussion Goal

Inform our Members about Economic Development in the City and County of Sarasota, with an emphasis on possible foreign investment in our Opportunity Zones. Many of our members and members of our affiliated organizations have individuals who would like to have a green card and have the resources available to make investments.

Panel Discussion

We would ask each of you to present what your organization does in Economic Development. Each of you would have about ten to fifteen minutes. Craig Hullinger will moderate the presentation. Destin, you would start, providing the big picture about Economic Development. Steven we would like some emphasis on Opportunity Zones. Sylva Kanderal and Craig Hullinger will discuss the EB-5 process, with an emphasis on investments in our opportunity zones.


Destin Wells VP of Business Development Services, Sarasota County

Steve Stancel GM Economic Development, City of Sarasota

Sylva Kanderal, Events Coordinator of Sarasota Sister Cities and Craig Hullinger will present the EB-5 process, with an emphasis on Opportunity Zones in Sarasota
Sylva Kanderal <>


Hi Craig,

Thank you for reaching out. We would be glad to participate. Destin Wells is our VP of Business Development Services and would be better suited for the panel. I have cc’ed him here and marked it on his calendar.

Also, I would like to introduce you two beforehand. I enjoyed our conversation and think it would be great to get the three of us together. Destin is traveling next week but if you give me some dates/times around the second week of June we could definitely make it work.

Have a great weekend,
Erin Silk
Director, Business Development Services
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
1680 Fruitville Road, Suite 402
SarasotaFL 34236
(t) 941.309.1200 ext. 105 (f)


Hi Craig,

Yes, I can make the presentation on November 7th.

Best Regards,

Steven Stancel

Stancel, Steven


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