|Sarasota County attracts creative, dynamic companies of every variety; high-tech, information driven companies, research based businesses on the leading edge of medical advances and manufacturers who produce a wide range of products. In the past few years, major business magazines and nationwide surveys have awarded Sarasota County a number of superlatives. These rankings quantify what business leaders have been saying about the area for decades—Sarasota County is among the best places to live and work in America.
Sarasota County is a chartered county with home-rule powers governed by an elected board of five county commissioners and five elected officials: a Sheriff, a Clerk of the Court, a Property Appraiser, a Supervisor of Elections, and a Tax Collector.
County government provides many services, such as libraries and bus service county-wide. It also provides municipal services such as fire protection and solid waste collection for unincorp-orated areas. Nearly 70% of the county population resides outside the cities of Sarasota, Venice, North Port, and Longboat Key, all of which have their own municipal governments.
Courtesy of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce at http://www.sarasotachamber.com/goodLifeGovernment.cfm