Downtown Sarasota economic development coordinator has left the post for a new job

Norm Gollub relocating to the Pacific Northwest

Norm Gollub. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota
Norm Gollub. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota

Norm Gollub left the community on May 20 after serving as the City of Sarasota’s downtown economic development coordinator for the past three years, City Manager Tom Barwin has announced.

Gollub has returned to the Pacific Northwest, where he accepted a position as executive director of the Foss Waterway Development Authority in Tacoma, WA, Barwin wrote in his May 20 newsletter.

“Norm did an exceptional job developing strong collaborative relationships [among] City Hall, downtown business owners, residents and prospective developers,” Barwin added. “He kept the lines of communication open via the creation of a downtown economic development website as well as a helpful monthly development progress report,” Barwin continued. “His presence as an ambassador for downtown Sarasota will be missed.”

Barwin noted that the position of downtown economic development coordinator is funded through three sources: the City of Sarasota, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Improvement District. “We’re in the process of conducting a needs assessment for the position,” Barwin wrote.