SM2: Regional Sports Innovation


On Thursday, November 21, SRQ magazine hosted the second event in its 2013-14 series of SM2: Regional Collaboration breakfast symposiums on working to attract, grow and diversify the sports and health innovation industry. This gathering of approximately 100+ regional leaders and entrepreneurs throughout Sarasota and Manatee County generated synergies on efforts both counties are making to support sports innovation. During the discussion, the audience received insight on opportunities for regional collaboration between Sarasota and Manatee Counties for current and future development in the sports and health innovation industry. The collaborative mix of perspectives from panelists Chris Ciaccio, Elliott Falcione, Nicole Rissler and Patrick Calhoon catalyzed a comprehensive and enlightening discussion.

Two of our panelists provided some great feedback on the event:

“It is truly great to see the collaboration and enthusiasm between both counties regarding our sports segment business and how many acknowledge this segment as vital to our economic sustainability.”

 – Elliott Falcione, Executive Director of Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

“I thought it was a very diverse group of attendees that were interested in learning about what Sports Tourism is doing for our region. My hope is that they all left with at least one piece of information that can help their business take advantage of this growing economic driver.”

Nicole Rissler, Director of Sports of Sarasota County Sports Commission

The next event in the 2013-14 series of breakfast symposiums, SM2: Regional Healthcare and Aging, takes place on Thursday, January 16, 2013 at The Francis (7:30am-9:00am). Tickets are $35/person and available online at (ticket price includes full breakfast buffet). For sponsorship opportunities contact Ashley Grant at 941-780-2008 x204 or We look forward to seeing you there!

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