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Briefs about SRQ Media Event Programs— SB2 Regional Symposia, Bal Masqué, SRQ Home of The Year, Best of SRQ Local and the Annual Hear Me Roar Luncheon.

Panelists Announced for 2019 RocketKids Modern Education Symposium | February 20, 2019; 5:30-7pm

We’re excited to announce the panelists for our upcoming 2019 RocketKids Modern Education Symposium. Please join us at our home base, SRQ Studios, during the evening of Wednesday February 20, 2019 from 5:30-7pm for an engaging conversation about education. Our panelists represent several private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties and will share their teaching philosophies, curriculum and programs that help prepare our students for success.

The 2019 RocketKids Modern Education Symposium panelists include Cindy Hoffman, Principal of Island Village Montessori School; Laura Murphy, Director of Admissions/Alumni Affairs at The Out-Of-Door Academy; Tim Seldin, Headmaster of NewGate School; Christine Bradford, Elementary & Middle School Principal at Sarasota Christian School and Siobhan Young, CEO/Executive Director of St. Martha Catholic School.

The 2019 RocketKids Modern Education Symposium will take place at SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota and is free and open to the public.

We hope you can join us! Please RSVP by Friday, February 16 at www.srqmagazine.com/moed

 

Save the Date: PROJECTHINK March 1 – 2, 2019

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Save the Date! SRQ MEDIA has released the program details for this year’s PROJECTHINK Conference, a collaborative community initiative designed to explore the world of innovation and creativity in learning. This year’s two-day conference will be hosted on the campus of the Ringling College of Art and Design on March 1-2, 2019.

Designed for educators, professionals and anyone interested in thinking outside of the box, PROJECTHINK will challenge perceptions and jumpstart creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning. We aim to reflect on questions that will help our audience integrate creative thinking into every day problem solving: How is learning adaptive? What are the new perspectives on engaging minds creatively at every age? How can organizations cultivate innovation and creativity to solve challenges?

 

Participants at 2018 PROJECTHINK engage in a tactile, creative exercise. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan

The ProjecTHINK Conference kicks off at the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center on the Ringling College Campus from 5:30-7pm with a keynote presentation by celebrated TEDx, innovation facilitator and global speaker on weaving creativity into education Ismet Mamnoon, Founder of Beyonder.  What an excellent way to launch the 2019 PROJECTHINK Conference and open us up to innovative ways of thinking!

PROJECTHINK’s 2019 Keynote Speaker – Ismet Mamnoon

Ismet Mamnoon currently works across the globe as a facilitator and trainer for creative thinking. As the founder of Beyonder, an education-focused organization, Mamnoon’s work in the parenting field has been featured in TIME Magazine’s special edition on the ‘Science of Creativity’ and has been the subject of publications, TEDx talks, and conferences worldwide.

On Friday evening, we’ll also hear from a standout line up of innovative thinkers and influencers in our community: Dr. Larry Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art & Design; Jennifer Vigne, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County; and Chris Laney, Director of Education and Community Investment, CareerSource Suncoast.

PROJECTHINK’s 2019 Innovation Presenter – Dr. Larry R. Thompson

Dr. Larry R. Thompson is currently serving his 17th year as president of Ringling College of Art and Design. An energetic, innovative, and visionary community leader, Dr. Thompson is on a mission to transform art and design higher education and to infuse business with creativity. He is passionate about the extraordinary potential that art, design, and creativity have on our global economy and its influence on our lives, our work, and our entire world!

PROJECTHINK’s 2019 Forward Thinkster Presenter – Jennifer Vigne

Jennifer Vigne is a demonstrated leader with proven ability to foster strong relationships and raise philanthropic dollars. She assumed the role as President for the Education Foundation of Sarasota County in November 2015 to help shape and strengthen its mission-driven work and is guided by the unshakable belief that education changes lives.

PROJECTHINK’s 2019 Career Speaker – Chris Laney

Chris Laney is the Director of Education & Community Investment for CareerSource Suncoast where he oversees education and talent pipeline strategies by developing programming for students and professionals to enhance talent preparation for college and career, and talent management for professionals.

On Saturday March 2, 2019, ProjecTHINK continues the conversation with Mamnoon from 8:30am to 1pm through hands-on, immersive workshops in storytelling, fine art, motion graphics, gaming and printmaking facilitated by both she and the faculty of the Ringling College of Art. The INOV8 arts workshops are held at various locations throughout the Ringling College campus, giving conference-goers the opportunity to do a deep dive into the creative process through the lens of making art.

The conference concludes with Lunch on the Lawn from 1-2pm, where workshop facilitators will make key crossover “a-ha” moments built from the morning workshops. Our PROJECTHINK facilitators will connect how those discoveries can be applied to the way we think about about teaching, learning, creating and problem solving. Lunch on the Lawn will feature several of our community food trucks as a fun, energetic environment for our final conversation.

Please visit www.srqprojecthink.com to view the full conference program. Early Bird Tickets for the full conference experience are now available for purchase at $20 off the regular conference price for a limited time. Regular Conference Tickets: $95/per person. Purchase your tickets HERE

ProjectTHINK is powered and engineered by SRQ MEDIA in partnership with the Ringling College of Art and Design, the Education Foundation of Sarasota, and CareerSource Suncoast.

We hope that you’ll join us for this exciting exploration of creative thinking and learning! 

Wrap Up: The 2019 Localpreneur of the Year Awards, Jan 24

On Thursday, January 24, 2019, SRQ MEDIA held its first SB2 symposium of 2019, State of the Regional Economy. An audience of over two hundred community members gathered at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota to learn about the overall economic health of the region from a strong group of community influencers. As the panelists and presenters discussed topics ranging from tourism to workforce development, the message that our region must be supportive of local businesses resonated throughout the program.  

The SB2 State of the Regional Economy presentation was the perfect setting to celebrate local business owners who are truly living the mission of working and living locally to fuel the regional economy. SRQ MEDIA’s Localpreneur of the Year program recognizes entrepreneurs who are driving successful, locally-owned businesses with purpose and passion.

 

SB2 Program and Localpreneur of the Year Awards MC, Wes Roberts. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan

SRQ MEDIA received hundreds of nominations for this year’s Localpreneur of the Year Competition from the community. Out of the nominations, over thirty honorees were selected. These individuals have earned the respect of their peers in the following areas: corporate acumen, innovation, philanthropy, leadership and community impact.

SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce the five 2019 Localpreneurs of the Year: Kelly Ison, Einstein Pets; Paul Mattison, Mattison’s Restaurant and Catering; Candice McElyea, One Eight Oh PR; Pete Petersen, Dealers United; Brett Wallin, Walt’s Fish Market and Restaurant.

Our first awardee was Kelly Ison, CEO/Director of Happiness of Einstein Pets, a socially responsible, innovative company of original dog treat products. Ison’s business model for Einstein Pets is delivering happiness by feeding the world’s dogs the purest, most heart, healthy and cleverly crafted natural treats. Keeping the company community oriented is important to Kelly. She has partnered with local organizations like Arc Sarasota, Westie Rescue, and the Brittany Foundation to support pets in need.

Kelly Ison of Einstein Pets and SRQ MEDIA’s Lisl Liang. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Next, we recognized our second winner, Paul Mattison, Owner and CEO of Mattison’s Restaurant and Catering. Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering has close to 100 full time employees and 100 part time employees. Through his work with Niman Ranch, Mattison has earned the title of ‘Honorary Hog Farmer,’ a nod to his interest in serving serving humanely raised, antibiotic-free and hormone-free meats.

Paul Mattison of Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering and SRQ MEDIA’s Lisl Liang. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Entrepreneur Candice McElyea, Owner and President of One Eight Oh PR was our next awardee. Although McElyea was out of town, her 2019 Localpreneur of the Year award was accepted by Alicia King Robinson, One Eight Oh PR’s Director of Public Relations. McElyea shared this quote with the audience, “It’s an incredibly humbling experience to provide employment to others in our community, a community I grew up in, and it’s something that’s certainly fuels desire for growth and success.”

Alicia King Robinson and Kate Ritz of One Eight Oh PR. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Our fourth 2019 Localpreneur of the Year was awarded to Brett Wallin, fourth-generation-owner of Walt’s Fish Market and Restaurant. Walt’s celebrated their one hundredth business anniversary last May, which was coupled with their best financial year yet. When Walt’s needed an update, Brett led the drive to add the thatched roof, tiki bar and live music that everyone is now familiar with. Brett says, “I learned from my grandfather and particularly my father that both the food served and the servers serving it must be at the highest quality.”

The last and final 2019 Localpreneur of the Year award was given to Pete Petersen, CEO of Dealers United. Dealers United helps dealers improve their dealerships primarily through online and digital advertising but also through group buying power. Petersen’s entrepreneurial ingenuity has helped him keep Dealers United company moving forward in a market of evolving technology. Committed to the local economy, Petersen is proud to have initiated an HR process to streamline employee retention and has invested his time and talent into the community as an educator at the University of South Florida.

Pete Petersen of Dealers United and SRQ MEDIA’s Lisl Liang. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Congratulations to all five of our hard-working Localpreneurs of the Year! We are proud to have you as drivers of the local economy. As we learned from our SB2 State of the Regional Economy program, it is essential to grow business in our local region. Doing business in this region while giving back to the community maintains our economic vitality and brings talent and innovation to the Bradenton-Sarasota area. Best wishes for a successful 2019!

We also extend our congratulations to our honorees and nominees and recognize them for their inspiring contributions and hard work.

The SB2 audience at host sponsor Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Special thanks to our incredible sponsors: SB2 host sponsor Hyatt Regency Sarasota, and audio visual sponsor PSAV. Thanks for being excellent hosts. We also extend thanks to our incredible sponsors: 2018-2019 series sponsors Mariash Lowther Wealth Management and JFCS of the Suncoast, and to our SB2 State of the Regional Economy event sponsors, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Waterworks Sarasota, Seaside National Bank & Trust, and Firmo Construction.

Don’t miss our next SB2 symposium, Transformative Philanthropy on Thursday July 25, 2019. We’ll explore the organizations and individuals who are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic alliances and groundbreaking initiatives that foster and employ engagement to make a difference.  You can purchase your tickets in advance HERE

Click here to read the article about SB2| State of the Regional Economy in the SRQ DAILY. A gallery of images from the 2019 Localpreneur of the Awards is available online here.

For tickets and other event inquiries, visit SRQSB2.com or contact us at 941-365-7702 x221.

To become an SB2 series sponsor or a specific symposium sponsor, contact Ashley Grant at 941-365-7702 x205.

We hope to see you there!

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local | Sarasota and Bradenton

Wrap Up: SB2 Symposium ‘State of the Regional Economy’, Jan. 24

SRQ MEDIA and over two hundred community members gathered at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Thursday 24, 2019 to explore the State of the Regional Economy. The first SB2 symposium of 2019 offered the audience an insightful program that analyzed the health of our local economy.

Season Presenter, Steve Altier of Seaside Bank, began the symposium by welcoming the audience with warm remarks. Altier reflected on his career noting, “To see where this business community has gone in the last 30 years and to be a part of it has been a great honor.” He also offered an encouraging message to guest students visiting from NewGate Montessori School, Out-of-Door Academy School, and Sarasota Christian School; “Consider the idea of getting into business because, everything is business.”

SB2 Season Presenter Steve Altier of Seaside Bank. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan

Opening speaker and featured panelist Jeffrey Mayers, General Manager of The Resort at Longboat Key Club took the floor next. Mayers discussed the convergence of tourism and the economy, bringing up what was to become a topic that gathered much discussion during the SB2 program, the red tide algae bloom. Mayers acknowledged that, “We’re going to be dealing with a hangover effect for sometime,” and urged the importance of overcoming negative perceptions.

SB2 Featured Panelist Jeffrey Mayers of The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Next, Eric Collin, President of Firmo Construction, offered an informative market outlook about the construction industry. His presentation gave the audience an overview of national and regional trends. Overall, Collin gave us positive news that development is growing in the state of Florida yet he was careful to remark that we must remain resilient. Noticeable dips and pauses in graphics displayed by the Firmo Construction leader reflected a development industry easily paused by natural disasters.

SB2 Brandstory Presenter Eric Collin of Firmo Construction. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

The program continued with an insightful panel discussion moderated by SRQ MEDIA’s Executive Publisher, Wes Roberts. The SB2 State of the Regional Economy panel was a full house this year, comprised of seven community influencers: Kevin Cooper of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Jacki Dezelski of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Sharon Hillstrom of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, Mark Huey of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, Jeffrey Mayers of The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Phillip Rich of Seaside Bank, and Drayton Saunders of Michael Saunders & Company.


The SB2 State of the Regional Economy panel, moderated by SRQ MEDIA’s Wes Roberts. (L to R) Mark Huey, Kevin Cooper, Jeffrey Mayers, Jacki Dezelski, Wes Roberts, Drayton Saunders, Sharon Hillstrom, Phillip Rich. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Beginning with the “stinkiest question of them all,” Wes Roberts prompted the panelists to discuss one of the area’s most prevalent (and widely published) challenges in 2018 — red tide. The conversation that followed highlighted how our area’s economy has fared during red tide and how several of our panel’s community leaders have responded to the needs of struggling businesses affected by the algae bloom.  

The audience learned from Jeffrey Mayers that approximately ten billion negative impressions were made in the media about the red tide outbreak. This surprising statistic fueled dialogue about the role of social media and outside perception. Acknowledging that images on social media exist forever, Sharon Hillstrom, President and CEO of the Bradenton Area EDC, remarked, “We need to be putting things out there that show the great positive things about this community.”

Panelist Sharon Hillstrom of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

With a decline in tourist dollars, how can gulf and bay-front area businesses bounce back? Panelist Jacki Dezelski reminded us that a red tide “ripple effect” extended to businesses of all types. In particular, the President and CEO of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce told the story of a struggling day care center that serves families who work in the tourism industry. Dezelski noted that in an effort to pivot away from an emphasis on tourism, several of our regional Chambers deployed strategies that called on the community to step up to the plate by shopping local. In particular, Dezelski gave a shout out to the Manatee Chamber’s ‘Live Like a Tourist’ campaign.

Jacki Dezelski of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce addresses the audience. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Kevin Cooper, President and CEO of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, promoted a call to action for the audience to do its part in keeping our waterways healthy so we can help to mitigate the recurring patterns of the algae bloom. Phillip Rich, a Market Strategist for Seaside Bank commented that when speaking to an international investor,  “If you use the word toxic and recurring in the same sentence, you’re done.”

Panelist Phillip Rich of Seaside Bank. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

To follow, came conversation about current trends in the real estate market (it’s leveling out a little bit, everyone), a spirited debates about incentives (let’s just say there were some varying opinions about these up on stage) and a conversation about workforce development (how do we get past our reputation of Disney and retirement to attract some strong talent?).

Our panelists discussed employee retention and called attention to wages in the region. “The average annual wage in Sarasota County is lower than the average annual wage in the state of Florida, which is lower than the average annual wage in the United States of America,” shared Kevin Cooper of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, “And the big reason behind that is we create a higher percentage of naturally lower paying jobs in Sarasota County.”

Kevin Cooper of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

We found out that we’re not recession proof. Drayton Saunders, of Michael Saunders & Company noted, “Will there be a recession in the future? Absolutely. At some point we’re going to see a down cycle nationally. And that is going to affect us locally.” All panelists were in agreeance.

Drayton Saunders of Michael Saunders & Company talks real estate. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

The importance of maintaining support for locally-owned businesses was emphasized by the regional leaders. “As our top priority, we’re all about seeing local businesses grow,” noted Mark Huey, President and CEO of the EDC of Sarasota County.

Panelist Mark Huey of the EDC of Sarasota County. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Thoughtful Q&A (thanks, audience!) kept the dialogue going forward. In particular, the panelists weighed in about how to meet the current needs of millennials and young professionals while continuing to attract young talent to our area. Takeaways: give them affordable housing, competitive wages, arts and culture, access to the natural environment, and provide them with a connection to the community. Good transportation systems are important too.

While we’re talking about the next generation, SRQ was pleased to have its youngest audience member yet in attendance at SB2 State of the Regional Economy! Can we please take a moment from economic development to recognize Meagan Ochoa and Eric Collin’s adorable month and half year old in the audience? 

SB2’s youngest audience member! Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Overall, we were thankful to have our panelists lend their expertise to our conversation and we learned a great deal about what our region has been up against and where we’re going. SRQ MEDIA extends gratitude to our wonderful panelists and presenters for the invigorating conversation and for the important contributions they make to our community.

The SB2 State of the Regional Economy panel. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Ending the symposium on a celebratory note, the SB2 State of the Regional Economy symposium concluded with an awards ceremony to honor the 2019 Localpreneurs of the Year. We recognized locally-owned business owners who have earned the respect of their peers in the following areas: corporate acumen, innovation, philanthropy, leadership and community impact. Congratulations to our five winners and to all of our honorees and nominees!

Pete Petersen of Dealers United, one of the five 2019 Localpreneurs of the Year. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

We could not have had such a successful symposium without the support of our incredible sponsors: our SB2 host sponsor Hyatt Regency Sarasota, and audio visual sponsor PSAV. Thanks for being excellent hosts. We also extend thanks to our incredible sponsors: 2018-2019 series sponsors Mariash Lowther Wealth Management and JFCS of the Suncoast, and to our event sponsors, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Waterworks Sarasota, Seaside National Bank & Trust, and Firmo Construction.

The audience at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Don’t miss our next SB2 symposium, Transformative Philanthropy on Thursday July 25, 2019. We’ll explore the organizations and individuals who are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic alliances and groundbreaking initiatives that foster and employ engagement to make a difference.  You can purchase your tickets in advance HERE

Click here to read the article about SB2| State of the Regional Economy in the SRQ DAILY. A gallery of images from SB2 State of the Regional Economy is available online here.

For tickets and other event inquiries, visit SRQSB2.com or contact us at 941-365-7702 x221.

To become an SB2 series sponsor or a specific symposium sponsor, contact Ashley Grant at 941-365-7702 x205.

We hope to see you there!

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local | Sarasota and Bradenton

Spotted! SRQ Magazine’s La Strada Video on ABC7 – Sarasota

What are you doing Saturday?  SRQ Magazine hopes to see you out on Dolphin Street, Downtown Sarasota from 6:00pm to 11:00pm to celebrate SRQ Magazine’s 20th Anniversary at La Strada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival.

This video can also be spotted on ABC7 Sarasota – WWSB, our new partner!

Bring the family out for a magical #LOVE LOCAL evening celebrating 20 years in our hometown!

LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival
Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00PM to 11:00PM
Dolphin Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
(located between S. Orange Ave. and S. Pineapple Ave., South of Ringling blvd.) 

RESERVE YOUR TICKET

Advance Admission | $10/person online
At the Door Admission | $15/person
Kids 12 and under, free

VIP Ticket | $45/person, includes access to the SRQ Studio VIP space, featuring exclusive live performances, catered bar and bites

Reserved Festival Table | $150, includes admission for six and reserved table street-side for the evening

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank 20th Anniversary Season Sponsor Ringling College of Art and Design for its support of this monumental milestone. We would also like to thank LaStrada event sponsors, Sarasota FordSabal Palm BankMarina JackAloft SarasotaAl Purmort InsuranceGold Coast Eagle DistributingChillounge Night and Sir Speedy Printing.

The beer and sangria proceeds will go to support our exclusive LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival Nonprofit Partner, Suncoast Charities for Children.

For event questions please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Rebecca Brey at rebecca.brey@srqme.com or 941-365-7702 x221.

SRQ’s Modern Home Symposium: *INSPIRE, November 8

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*INSPIRE— Modern Home Symposium
Thursday, November 8, 2018

5:30PM – 7:30PM
SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
$5 cover includes a drink and light bites

RSVP HERE

Join SRQ MEDIA this November, for *INSPIRE, Modern Home Symposium as we dig deeper into one of our most anticipated annual publications, Modern Home magazine, which published in the July 2018 edition of SRQ magazine. Come hear about the inspiration behind some of Sarasota’s most iconic home designs.

Meet the panelists:

David Young

David Young, DWY Landscape Architects

David W. Young, ASLA, founded DWY Landscape Architects in 1999 and has dedicated his talent and career to creating meaningful spaces that touch the lives of the people who encounter them. He believes it is important for people to reconnect with nature and considers landscape architecture the perfect platform for this to occur. David has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards for environmental sustainability and design excellence from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and was presented the FLASLA Environmental Sustainability Award of Honor in 2012.

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Steve Murray, Murray Homes

Since moving from London in 1999, where he ran a successful construction and real estate business, Steve has built Murray Homes into one of the most unique and qualified luxury home build, land development and waterfront construction companies in Sarasota. With a specialism in Bird Key, Longboat Key, Casey Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key, West of The Trail, and Lakewood Ranch, Steve’s unique knowledge of residential waterfront and luxury home construction and renovation is second to none. Murray Homes has built over 120 exceptional homes and estates in the Sarasota area.

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Nathan Cross, NWC Construction

Nathan Cross, Owner and President, NWC Construction is an NAHB Certified Green ProfessionalNAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist and a NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler. He is dedicated to the home building industry and the people it serves. His commitment to excellence, superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, and personal service has earned him a long list of industry awards and designations, including 2011 Florida Home Builders Remodeler of the Year and 2009 Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando Builder of the Year.

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Timothy Del Vescovo, Del Vescovo Design Group

Timothy A. Del Vescovo is the founding principal of Del Vescovo Design Group, a full service architecture and interior design firm.  He is a licensed, award-winning interior designer. Mr. Del Vescovo was formally educated in an architecture curriculum focused on Classical architectural principles as well as Bauhaus / Modernist theories.


Modern Home magazine and the accompanying symposium celebrates the innovation, creativity and inspiration of thought-provoking residential homes on the Gulf Coast by recognizing modern lifestyles, architecture, design and furnishings in the region. We are eager to explore the new, upcoming projects brought to life by our local architects and custom home builders.

Click here to check out last years’ Modern Home magazine.

 

WRAP UP: 9/20—Where the Votes Are: Primaries Bring Out Voters

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Bright and early Thursday, September 20 SRQ Magazine’s Senior Editor Jacob Ogles hosted the most recent installment of Where the Votes Are at SRQ Studios. Local political watchers gathered early to examine the voter turnout and demographics of the recent Sarasota City Commission runoff race from Districts 2 and 3.

Jacob presented his findings on local residents’ voting patterns over the course of this election and subsequent runoff. Guests enjoyed Five-O Donuts and hot coffee over political banter–and this particular Where the Votes Are fostered a healthy amount of conversation, interaction and questions from the audience. In case you missed out on Jacob’s presentation, we’ve got you covered!

SRQ‘s Findings: 

1. The District 72 race outcome looks to depend largely on independent voters. Both Democratic State representative Margaret Good and Republican State representative Ray Pilon have won races in the past. Independent voters made up 14% of the voter population in February but only 9% in August.

2. Voter turnout rates for both Sarasota County and Manatee County were much higher than they have been in years at 32% each. This year has the potential to be record setting with voter turnout.

3. The Republican Candidate for Governor RonDeSantis performed well throughout the Manatee and Sarasota region.

4. The Democratic Candidate for Governor Andrew Gillum trailed Gwen Graham locally but he won elsewhere through Florida.

5.  Even in minority districts like District 70, black and Hispanic voters are heavily outnumbered at the polls, white voters participate at a higher rate in primary elections.

6. While there were notable gains in young people voters, particularly around the city of Sarasota, both the population and participating electorate remain dominated by voters 60-89 years of age.

SRQ Media is dedicated to steadfast reporting on all political issues facing Sarasota, and with each installment of Where the Votes Are, we are pleased to bridge the gap between local media and the people that make up our great community. If you’ve never attended Where the Votes Are, join us next time. We’ll save a cup of coffee and Five-O Donut for you!

To view a gallery of images from Where the Votes Are, click here.  If you would like a copy of SRQ Magazine’s findings, please complete the form below so we can send you the Where the Votes Are handout and presentation notes from the event.