SCOPE Takes Fresh Look At Southwest Florida’s Population

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Sarasota County is a developing area in Southwest Florida. The Economic Development Office is promoting its partnership with SCOPE - Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence.

Sarasota County, FL -- one of the five counties that that make up the new Southwest Florida region – anchors the middle of Florida's western coast, 60 miles south of Tampa Bay. Bright and beautiful, this coastal paradise is one of Southwest Florida’s dynamic business centers, with all the ingredients necessary for success in the global economy.

Looking for new opportunities to capitalize on its resources, Sarasota’s Economic Development Office has engaged with a local organization known as SCOPE – Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence – to discuss some of the issues that impact the quality of life in the county and, indeed, all of Southwest Florida.

SCOPE’s overall mission is to connect and inspire the citizens of Southwest Florida – to bring together residents, business owners, government officials and organizations to create a better community. One particular issue the organization has focused on is “Aging,” which has resulted in the creation of The Institute for the Ages. This idea capitalizes on the county’s unique demographic – one that is shared by much of Southwest Florida. With nearly 30% of the population age 65 or older, Sarasota County is ahead of the rest of the U.S. in terms of having an older population.

This is an opportunity that the Sarasota EDC is prepared to capitalize on – not only in terms of the experienced intellectual capital it represents for all of Southwest Florida, but also for the types of Florida business this aging population can help attract to the Southwest Florida region. The county is uniquely positioned on the leading edge of thought and action, with the opportunity to show the way for neighboring counties and communities across the nation.

To that end, Sarasota County will be holding An Aging Platform for all of Southwest Florida on Monday, June 21, from 8:30-10:00am. For details about the event, call 941-309-1200 and talk to the EDC staff.

The Southwest Florida Economic Development Partners include Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Lee and Sarasota counties – all of which are working together to foster the continued expansion of the region’s infrastructure, resources, intellectual and financial capital. Their unified goal is to ensure that Southwest Florida continues to be a brighter place to do business.

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