Bradenton, Fla. — Suncoast Community Capital (SCC), committed to the financial independence of people and communities of low income in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, will host a networking mixer on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Manatee Central Banquet Hall, located at 509 9th Street E. in Bradenton, to introduce its new CEO and Executive Director, Tim Dutton, to the community, and to give people the opportunity to learn more about the organization.
“I am eager to share SCC’s mission with everyone I meet, but also to learn how SCC might better serve the community in the future, which is why we are hosting this mixer – to give people an opportunity to share their ideas with me,” said Dutton.
The event is free to attend and is being co-sponsored by the Central Community Redevelopment Agency (CCRA), ERG Law Firm and Najmy Thompson, PL. An RSVP is requested by Nov. 4 to Rosemary.Wiley@suncoastcc.com or (941) 744-2666.
Dutton, a resident of this area for nearly 20 years, has a history of working in the nonprofit sector in healthcare administration and community change organizations, with an emphasis on social justice. For 12 years he served as the executive director of SCOPE, a civic engagement organization in Sarasota County. During his tenure, SCOPE brought the community together to tackle issues such as school dropout, affordable housing, race and cultural relations, aging and many more. He developed a reputation as a convener and facilitator and was responsible for the creation of multiple reports and data products aimed at improved community well-being.
Dutton left SCOPE in 2012 to be the co-founder and co-executive director of Sarasota Community Studio, a neighborhood-based community change organization in the Central-Cocoanut neighborhood of Sarasota where he lives. This next generation place-based effort is initiated and led by neighbors, focusing on neighborhood-wide thriving by following the lead of kids in this 47-block area.
Prior to coming to Florida, Dutton ran hospitals in Ohio and rural Haiti. He is a W.K. Kellogg leadership fellow and was an election observer for the Organization of American States.
About Suncoast Community Capital:
Suncoast Community Capital creates “Pathways to Success” through business coaching, business micro-loans, free tax prep (VITA), financial education and a very successful “Bridges to Careers” program. For more information, visit http://www.suncoastcc.com.