Sarasota News Leader

12/14/2012

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A ���HUB��� OF CREATIVITY The HuB���s grand opening at its new quarters in downtown Sarasota included an audio-visual presentation projected on the building. Photo by Scott Proffitt LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS SHOW OFF THEIR NEW QUARTERS DOWNTOWN AS RICH SWIER JR. TALKS ABOUT WHAT IT IS THEY DO By Scott Proffitt Staff Writer It would be difficult for anyone who has spent more than a few years in Sarasota to attend the grand opening of the newly relocated HuB without more than a little skepticism. side of the four-story building at 1680 Fruitville Road. It showcased the work of many HuB businesses and the creativity of a slew of Ringling College of Art + Design art students. Sarasota has a long history of people and companies arriving with grand plans to change the town ��� and to make lots of money doing so. But lots of sizzle and lots of glossy ads and grand events have been followed by lots of disappointment and lost money. One theme of the evening was a running stream of comical comments by people involved in The HuB refusing to admit they knew what it really was. To provide some clarity for readers, The Sarasota News Leader interviewed Rich Swier Jr., The Dec. 8 event for The HuB included a vi- HuB founder, about what he and his group do sual extravaganza projected onto an entire and about Sarasota and his life.

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