Vision: Building community and economic development through the advocacy of home rule, Sarasota County's legislative priorities and policies, intergovernmental and business relations.


Mission: To advocate for Sarasota County's legislative and economic development priorities for the purpose of building and maintaining community and economic sustainability.


Summary of Service: Governmental Relations is composed of two key functions:

  • Intergovernmental Relations

  • Business Relations

            Intergovernmental Relations coordinates the development and support of the Commission’s annual state and federal legislative priorities and lobbying activities. This function represents the County and Administrator among various community organizations, as well as federal, state, regional, and local governmental agencies.

            Business Relations acts as the liaison to the Economic Development Corporation and is the conduit for business-related functions in the Comprehensive Plan. This key function provides customer assistance to businesses using a concierge-style unique to Sarasota County.


Department Objectives:

  • Develop a Presence with Small Businesses and Identify Issues that are Inhibitors to those Businesses

  • Support Target-Industry Business Retention, Expansion and Attraction

  • Support Workforce Development, Local Hiring and Entrepreneur Growth

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