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Sarasota News Leader November 29, 2013 Page 72 PUBLIC ASKED TO TAKE SURVEY ON DOWNTOWN BUSINESS CLIMATE The City of Sarasota is seeking the public's District, the release points out. "An outside help to shape the downtown Sarasota busi- consultant will soon be hired to complete the ness climate. study and to make recommendations about the types of businesses to grow and other "How do we improve upon downtown businesses to recruit into the community," Sarasota's business environment? What are the release adds. Understanding the shopthe goods and services needed to enable ping habits and preferences of members of downtown to compete in the regional marketthe community is an important first step in place?" a city news release asks. "The recently downtown planning, "especially as regional adopted 2014-2016 City of Sarasota Strategic competition continues to grow," the release Plan placed identifying an 'optimal balance of notes. types of businesses' for downtown as one its goals," the release adds. To participate in the survey, simply log onto The Downtown Sarasota Community Survey DowntownSarasota. will be online from Monday, Dec. 2, through Friday, Dec. 6. This is part of a larger market Responses will remain anonymous, the study being conducted by city staff for down- release says. Results will be made available town, St. Armands Circle and the Rosemary in the consultant's report. The public is being encouraged to take a survey about the business climate in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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