And the Winner Is...

By Hannah Wallace February 28, 2005

Rank of Sarasota-Bradenton's quality of life among Florida communities: 2 (Expansion Management Magazine, May 2004)

Rank of Sarasota as one of the top 10 U.S. markets for startups: 6 (, December 2004))

Rank of Manatee-Sarasota as a top medium U.S. metro area to do business in: 3 (Inc Magazine, March 2004)

Rank of the Sarasota-Bradenton area as a top U.S. and Canada metro area: top 50 (out of 400): (Sperling & Sander, March 2004)

Rank of Manatee County's rate of job growth in the U.S.: 11 (, November 11, 2004)

Rank of Manatee-Sarasota as a "Best Performing City": 6 (Milken Institute, November 2004)

Rank of Florida as "best state for business": 3 (Chief Executive Magazine, 2005)

Number of Florida school districts to receive Expansion Management magazine's "gold medal" rating: 1. Sarasota County's ranking: 1 (Expansion Management, January 2005)

Rank of Florida in nation's university graduation rates: 12 (Florida Department of Education, March 2004)

Rank of Orlando among top 10 U.S. cities for moviemakers: 5 (Moviemaker Magazine, January 2004)

Rank of Tallahassee as one of the "Coolest Mid-Sized Markets in the South": top 10 (Southern Business & Development Magazine, Winter 2003/2004)

Rank of Gainesville on a list of "boom towns" or U.S. cities expected to generate the most high-paying jobs in the coming years: 7 (Business 2.0, April 2004)

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