SARASOTA (September 25, 2012) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) was honored with the prestigious John J. Cox Community Partner of the Year Award recently at the Economic Development Corporation’s annual meeting held at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Sponsored by Halfacre Construction Co., the award is named for the company’s late chief operating officer. “We recognize a nonprofit organization that contributes to economic development by improving the area’s quality of life,” the EDC of Sarasota County announced in presenting the honor to USFSM. “USF Sarasota-Manatee is a key asset for nurturing and retaining talent in our community. This talent is vital as our region competes for high-impact jobs that will contribute to sustainable economic prosperity now and for future generations.”
Co-presenters Jack Cox of Halfacre Construction and C.J. Fishman of Fishman & Associates praised USFSM for its continuous pursuit of excellence in providing academic opportunities and career-focused degree programs. On accepting the award, USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford acknowledged the extraordinary accomplishments of the other finalists in this Legacy Award category, which included the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and other nonprofits that continue to make significant contributions as partners in local business development. Citing the forward-thinking enhancement plans that USFSM recently announced for expansion of its campus and academic programs in the areas of leadership, scholarship and growth, Dr. Guilford further stated, “Over the next 10 years, you’re going to see the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee soar!”
Photo Caption: Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USFSM (center) with (left) Jack Cox of Halfacre Construction Co. and (right) C.J. Fishman of Fishman & Associates, accepts the 2012 John J. Cox Community Partner of the Year Award for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee at the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County’s annual meeting.
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