Civic & Economic Development

We are committed to moving our region toward an innovation-based economy.

Homelessness & Affordable Housing

Since 2017, Gulf Coast has supported recommendations and goals for a crisis response system aimed at effectively addressing homelessness. In 2018 we invested in a blueprint to support a public-private plan to mitigate this growing crisis and take those recommendations into action. Today, as part of the Sarasota County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) we are able to support implementation of the AHAC recommendations to increase opportunities for affordable housing in our region. 

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Veteran's Housing

Gulf Coast Regional Scans have continually identified a critical need for affordable housing. Homeless veterans in our community are looking for a place to call home, to take a hot shower, and alleviate just one of the many obstacles they may be facing - a place to call home. For the past two year's together with our Board and generous donors, we have been working toward a solution.

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The Bay Sarasota

This cross-sector collaboration supports creating a long-term master plan for one of the most promising properties in all of Florida: The Bay.

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Civility is the foundation of community. That’s why Gulf Coast has reimagined and reintroduced this regional initiative to increase civic participation, civil discourse, and social capital. 

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Past Experience: Better Together

Our community education series brings innovators and thought leaders to the Gulf Coast to discuss emerging issues and pitch big ideas for transforming our region.

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Former Success: Bright Ideas on the Gulf Coast

BIG connects idea generators, business experts, and support resources in brand-new ways to nurture entrepreneurs on the Gulf Coast.

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