Friday, January 29, 2010

Live online coverage of the Economic Recovery Forum

We'll be blogging Sarasota County's Economic Recovery Forum on Tuesday, live, from 4 - 5:30 p.m., so stop by online.

Also, look for live tweets here:

Sarasota holds Economic Recovery Forum Tuesday

Economic recovery forum planned for Feb. 2
The community forum, called “From Recession to Recovery,” will explore economic strategies for Sarasota County to recover from the recession. It is the first time in Florida that a television news station and a newspaper have partnered with a local government to provide a public discussion of a community issue. SNN Local News 6 also will produce four news reports based on the economic recovery forum that will be aired during news shows in weeks following the program.

When: 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2

Where to watch:
  • Sarasota County Access TV, carried on Comcast 19 and Verizon 32.
  • Streaming video on the county’s Web site at
How to submit questions: E-mail to

Hosts: Lauren Mayk, anchor for SNN Local News 6, and Tom Tryon, Opinion Page editor for the Herald-Tribune.

  • Joe Barbetta, Sarasota County Commission chair
  • Nora Patterson, Sarasota County Commissioner
  • Jim Ley, Sarasota County Administrator
  • Larry Thompson, president, Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Don Grimes, University of Michigan specialist in economic forecasting and regional economic development
  • Pat Neal, homebuilder
  • Jody Hudgins, FNB Corp. and  member of the Sarasota County Planning Commission
  • Kathy Salvador, Florida Power & Ligh
Others attending the panel discussion will include economic development specialists, and representatives of the tourism and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask about the “From Recession to Recovery” forum.

We'll be blogtweeting this live Tuesday, 4 - 5:30 pm