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The Enterprise Zone Development Agency (EZDA) is an advisory body to the Board of County Commissioners (County Commission) and the City of Sarasota Commission (City Commission) and assists in the development and implementation and annual review and update of the Strategic Plan for the Nominated Area.  Oversees and monitors the implementation of the Strategic Plan or measurable goals and makes quarterly reports to the City Commission and the County Commission evaluating the progress in implementing the Strategic Plan or measurable goals.  The EZDA helps to identify and recommend to the City Commission and the County Commission ways to remove regulatory barriers, identify to the City Commission and the County Commission the financial needs of, and local resources or assistance available to, eligible businesses within the Nominated Area, assist in promoting the enterprise zone incentives to residents and businesses within the enterprise zone.  The EZDA can also recommend boundary changes, as appropriate, in the enterprise zone to the governing body, work with organizations affiliated with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, the University of Florida, and the University of South Florida, a group of universities unofficially names the "University Partnership for Community Development," or similar organizations that have combined their resources to provide development consulting on a nonprofit basis.  The City Commission has recommended to the County Commission individuals for initial appointment to the EZDA and shall recommend individuals as needed in the future for appointment to the EZDA. The Board consists of thirteen members and meets quarterly on the third Wednesday beginning in January at 8:00 am at Robert L. Taylor. 

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