SARASOTA, Fla. (September 5, 2014) The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County announced the winners of its 2014 EDC Legacy Awards at the organization’s 10th Anniversary annual meeting today at the Sarasota Hyatt Regency.
The Clyde Nixon Business Leadership Award, sponsored by Sun Hydraulics, went to Art Lambert, Co-Founder of LexJet Corporation, now S1 Holdings Corporation. Lambert not only led LexJet from a regional to a global firm employing 164 people around the world, he also has a reputation for mentoring and truly caring for employees. The firm has made Florida Trend’s “Best Companies to Work For” list five years in a row and is involved in many local charities while speaking around the country on the importance of building a company culture.
The 2013 Community Partner of the Year Award, sponsored by Halfacre Construction Company, went to the Patterson Foundation. Patterson offers strategic insights and resources to help create new realities through improved communications, fundraising, organizational development and planning. They were a huge part of the Season of Sharing, providing $2.7 million in contributions and matching donations to keep people on the verge from becoming homeless, helping keep 7,511 families off the streets. The organization also fully funded the awe-inspiring design and construction of Patriot Plaza, the 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery that honors veterans, inspires patriotism and embraces freedom.
The EDC Legacy Awards celebrate the commitment and energy of an individual and of a non-profit organization that understands and practices economic development and making a daily difference.
Today’s meeting also featured the installment of Larry Fineberg, Executive Director of Industrial, Office, Warehouse for Benderson Development Corporation, as Chairman of the Board for the coming year. He replaces outgoing Chairman Rod Hershberger, President of PGT Industries.
EDC President and CEO Mark Huey reported that since 2009, the EDC has helped with incentives for 29 projects creating 2,185 direct jobs in 768,000 square feet of vacant or new space with a $628 million annual economic impact.
The EDC of Sarasota County is the private, not-for-profit corporation leading the community’s economic development strategy to add high-wage jobs and diversify the local economy. The EDC provides business assistance to companies in Sarasota County and helps forge solutions to community challenges that affect quality of life. The EDC works in partnership with chambers of commerce, local governments and other organizations throughout the county and the region. For more information, visit www.edcsarasotacounty.com.