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Mayor Lou Ann Palmer in Xiamen, China presenting a Photon gift to the leadership of our China Sister City in June 2007

Mayor Lou Ann Palmer in Xiamen, China presenting a Photon gift to the leadership of our China Sister City in June 2007

Sailor Circus 2011 with leaders Susan Loeffler, Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs in photo middle.  Sailor Circus, the longest-running youth circus in America, is an alliance member of Sister Cities of Sarasota.  Sailor Circus now in its sixth decade of operation has grown from a small high school gymnastics class in 1949 to the present spectacular 4-ring youth circus production known world wide as the Greatest "Little" Show on Earth.

Sailor Circus 2011 with leaders Susan Loeffler, Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs in photo middle. Sailor Circus, the longest-running youth circus in America, is an alliance member of Sister Cities of Sarasota. Sailor Circus now in its sixth decade of operation has grown from a small high school gymnastics class in 1949 to the present spectacular 4-ring youth circus production known world wide as the Greatest "Little" Show on Earth.

Mayor Lou Ann Palmer accepts a gift at formal twinning ceremonies between Xiamen, China and Sarasota in June 2007

Mayor Lou Ann Palmer accepts a gift at formal twinning ceremonies between Xiamen, China and Sarasota in June 2007

Jean René Goetze Art Exposition at Alliance Française de Sarasota offices in downtown Sarasota in conjunction with a Towles Court Artwalk. Alliance Française de Sarasota has been an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2006, supporting the twinning of Sarasota and Perpignan, France.

Jean René Goetze Art Exposition at Alliance Française de Sarasota offices in downtown Sarasota in conjunction with a Towles Court Artwalk. Alliance Française de Sarasota has been an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2006, supporting the twinning of Sarasota and Perpignan, France.

Gulfcoast Chinese American Association, an alliance member of Sarasota Sister Cities Association, Year of the Tiger in Sarasota on 2010. The GCAA provides educational, cultural service and charitable support to Chinese American families, American Families with Children from China (FCC), members of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association (USCPFA), and Americans at large who desire friendship with and cultural understanding of American Chinese and China.

Gulfcoast Chinese American Association, an alliance member of Sarasota Sister Cities Association, Year of the Tiger in Sarasota on 2010. The GCAA provides educational, cultural service and charitable support to Chinese American families, American Families with Children from China (FCC), members of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association (USCPFA), and Americans at large who desire friendship with and cultural understanding of American Chinese and China.

Efforts to increase Florida legislative awareness of Latino issues by Unidos Now in Tallahassee.  Unidos Now Sarasota is,an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota was an instrumental support organization with the twinning of Sarasota and Merida, Mexico on Dec. 10, 2011.

Efforts to increase Florida legislative awareness of Latino issues by Unidos Now in Tallahassee. Unidos Now Sarasota is,an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota was an instrumental support organization with the twinning of Sarasota and Merida, Mexico on Dec. 10, 2011.

Steve Queior, President/CEO of the 1,600 member employer Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce with Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Frank Maggio. The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is largest and oldest business organization based in Sarasota County.  The Chamber is partnered as an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2005.

Steve Queior, President/CEO of the 1,600 member employer Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce with Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Frank Maggio. The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is largest and oldest business organization based in Sarasota County. The Chamber is partnered as an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2005.

Sister Cities Association of Sarasota President Carla Rayman & former President Bill Wallace at the Sarasota Community Youth Development Volunteer Celebration in May 2012. The cerlebration honored Max Martinez, CYD representative of the Sister Cities Executive Board for the top CYD award of the year. The CYD program has been an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2004.

Sister Cities Association of Sarasota President Carla Rayman & former President Bill Wallace at the Sarasota Community Youth Development Volunteer Celebration in May 2012. The cerlebration honored Max Martinez, CYD representative of the Sister Cities Executive Board for the top CYD award of the year. The CYD program has been an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2004.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush  with Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, president of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida.  Mote is dedicated to today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans with an emphasis on world-class research relevant to conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats and natural resources. Mote is an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2002.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush with Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, president of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. Mote is dedicated to today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans with an emphasis on world-class research relevant to conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats and natural resources. Mote is an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2002.

The French-American Business Council of West Florida has been an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2002. Photo is from the Bastille Day celebration in 2010

The French-American Business Council of West Florida has been an alliance member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since Photo is from the Bastille Day celebration in 2010

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Winners of the 2011 Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County Hall of Fame Awards (back row): Colleen Cavanaugh, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota; Dr. Rob Sambursky and Thomas Orsini, Rapid Pathogen Screening, Inc.; David Beesley, First Step of Sarasota, Inc.; Barry Wolfson, Tervis  (Front row): Jonathan Parks, Jonathan Parks Architect; Steve Harner; James Kuhlman, Florida Shores Bank – Southwest. EDC has been an alliance partner with Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2000.

Winners of the 2011 Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County Hall of Fame Awards (back row): Colleen Cavanaugh, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota; Dr. Rob Sambursky and Thomas Orsini, Rapid Pathogen Screening, Inc.; David Beesley, First Step of Sarasota, Inc.; Barry Wolfson, Tervis (Front row): Jonathan Parks, Jonathan Parks Architect; Steve Harner; James Kuhlman, Florida Shores Bank – Southwest. EDC has been an alliance partner with Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2000.

Sarasota Sister Cities Association, Year of the Dragon in Sarasota on 2012. The GCAA provides educational, cultural service and charitable support to Chinese American families, American Families with Children from China (FCC), members of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association (USCPFA), and Americans at large who desire friendship with and cultural understanding of American Chinese and China.

Sarasota Sister Cities Association, Year of the Dragon in Sarasota on 2012. The GCAA provides educational, cultural service and charitable support to Chinese American families, American Families with Children from China (FCC), members of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association (USCPFA), and Americans at large who desire friendship with and cultural understanding of American Chinese and China.

Attendees at "EDC ROCKS! Hooked on the EDC" event.The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is a not-for-profit organization that provides free business assistance and has been an alliance partner with Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2000.

Attendees at "EDC ROCKS! Hooked on the EDC" event.The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is a not-for-profit organization that provides free business assistance and has been an alliance partner with Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2000.

Steve Ellis and Sarasota County Commission Chairman, Joe Barbetta at the Economic Development Corporation Award Ceremony. The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is a not-for-profit organization that provides free business assistance and has been an alliance partner with Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2000.

Steve Ellis and Sarasota County Commission Chairman, Joe Barbetta at the Economic Development Corporation Award Ceremony. The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is a not-for-profit organization that provides free business assistance and has been an alliance partner with Sister Cities Association of Sarasota since 2000.

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