A Shared Roadmap for Our Region’s Future

The following guest column by Gulf Coast President/CEO Mark Pritchett appeared in the June 17 edition of SRQ Daily:

Today, we have more data than ever about our community and world. But how do we best make sense of it—how do we turn that barrage of information into actionable intelligence to benefit our region and residents? Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s latest regional scan is one approach.

Every few years, we analyze data and interview community leaders to better understand what’s happening in our region and what challenges we face. From there, Gulf Coast identifies regional priorities that we must address together to build a better future. For example, our last scan in 2013 led to initiatives to diversify our economy, improve the skills of our workforce and help homeless families find opportunity after the Great Recession.

What does our latest scan tell us? With our region earning individual accolades for things like “best beach,” grade-A schools and “top 10” retirement havens, you might think we’re doing just fine. In fact, we see challenges across the big picture. The strengths and assets we consider our greatest—our beautiful natural resources, reasonable cost of living, good schools and more—are at risk. Things like growth, diversity, technology, globalization and climate trends will have real impacts on our region, real soon.

Read the rest of Mark’s column in SRQ Daily...


Advancing Civility - Because It Matters

Published: Author: Mark Pritchett The following guest column by Gulf Coast President|CEO Mark Pritchett appeared in the October 21 edition of SRQ Daily: What do 10 Florida Republicans, 10 Democrats and one Independent dissecting the voting process after a bitterly contested presidential election have in common? In my experience, more than you might think....

Meet Our I3 Consultants: Betsy Steiner

Published: Through Invest in Incredible , Gulf Coast has partnered with an exceptional group of professional consultants to make their services available to our nonprofit partners at a reduced cost. Our consultants have a range of expertise in nonprofit and for-profit settings, and they are committed to strengthening our region’s nonprofit...

Gulf Coast Launches Civility Initiative

Published: Gulf Coast Community Foundation has launched a new regional civility initiative, Because It Matters. Citizens are invited to get involved and join The Civility Squad to improve our community one good deed at a time.