SCOPE, formed in 2001, began as a community-wide process that brought the people of Sarasota County together to build a shared understanding of the qualities that make it a good place to live, work, and raise a family.
The idea for SCOPE emerged following a series of discussions among a broad-based group of Sarasota County residents concerned about the county’s future. After several informal meetings, a diverse group of community leaders came together to discuss the idea of undertaking a visioning or community goal-setting process.
SCOPE's mission is to connect and inspire citizens to create a better community. SCOPE provides opportunities where all citizens' voices are welcomed and heard. SCOPE brings together residents, business owners, government officials and organizations to listen, learn, and discuss issues that impact the quality of life in Sarasota County. SCOPE focuses on possibilities and the power of active citizens to create a better community. SCOPE stands for Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence.
SCOPE is at the center of citizen connection and action in Sarasota County. Research has shown that communities whose residents are more connected have an overall better quality of life. These communities have less crime, higher test scores in the local schools, less heart attacks and even fewer colds. Building relationships and connectedness among people and a strong community has powerful effects.
SCOPE initiatives and products lead to community decisions and accomplishments that make a difference every day in the lives of the people in Sarasota County.