Lakewood Ranch Country Club East

Sarasota, Florida

On the west coast of Florida just south of Tampa Bay sits the luxurious yet relaxed beach town of Sarasota, Florida. This is a haven for those looking to escape the headaches of the daily rat race. People from all over the world come to the Sarasota/Bradenton area to play in the sun. Beaches, boating, golf and tennis are popular past time events for residents and vacationers in this highly desired area.

While gorgeous beaches are a huge draw to the Sarasota area many come here because of the cultural scene. You can enjoy the opera, catch a great play in one of several theatres, spend the afternoon at an art festival or view art masterpieces at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Vacationers and part time residents from large metropolitan cities feel at home in Sarasota because it offers big city amenities yet still has that small town feel.

Lakewood Ranch

This is an 8,500 acre master planned neighborhood in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. People love the consistency of this community. You won’t find a neighborhood of million dollar homes sitting next to a mobile home park. Lakewood Ranch offers seven villages ranging from town homes all of the way to multi-million luxury homes.

Lakewood Ranch amenities include: A-rated schools, plethora of unique shops and boutiques, plenty of fine and casual dining establishments, business parks, hospital and medical center, three challenging golf courses, state of the art athletic center, 18 lighted tennis courts, 150 miles of sidewalks, numerous parks as well as Polo and Cricket facilities.

If you are looking to purchase a newer homes or build a home there is good chance Lakewood Ranch will be on your list of communities to explore. Currently, prices of homes range from $150,000 on up to several million dollars.

Golfers will love the location of Lakewood Ranch as it is basically surround by several fabulous tracts. Some of them include River Club, University Park, The Legacy, Lakewood Ranch Country Club, Rosedale, Tara, Ritz Carlton golf course and The Concession.

Lakewood Ranch Country Club East

Country Club East is the newest addition to Lakewood Ranch. Located on the east side of Lorraine road you will instantly notice the beautiful lakes and preserves that surround the community. It also offers an 18-hole golf course designed by Rick Robbins.

Since living Green is all the rage now all of the homes in the Country Club East meet the Florida Green Building Coalitions standards – energy efficiency, sustainability, drought resistant landscaping and clean indoor air.

Homes in this gated community start around $300,000. Communities where you can build a home include Belleisle, Secret Harbor, Camargo, Hazeltine, Royal Valley, Leopard Creek and Valderrama.

Some of the area’s best builders are constructing homes in Lakewood Ranch. They include Anchor Builders, Arthur Rutenberg, Bruce Williams, Cardel, Gibraltar, Neal, Homes by Towne, John Neal, John Cannon, Lee Wetherington, London Bay, Minto Communities, Paradise Homes, Peregrine Homes, Todd Johnston, Westwater and Taylor Morrison.

East Coast Vs West Coast Hiring: Mixing It Up

Things in this country are often split up on the lines of ‘East Coast vs. West Coast.’ Some classic sports rivalries go that way such as Lakers vs. Celtics. Another clear delineation between east and west is in the business world: Wall Street bankers and blue collar company moguls typically occupy east coast cities like New York and Boston, whereas Hollywood movie producers and Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs hold fast in the west.

However, this clear business delineation (or the perception of one) may be breaking down. West Coast venture capital firms have been steadily investing more money in the bio-tech and pharmaceutical sectors, which are traditionally ruled by East Coast giants like Genzyme and Merck. A previously insulated Hollywood is starting to cross-pollinate with not only with the tech industry up the California coast, but also with video game collaborators on the east coast and across the middle of the country. Essentially, normally insular industries are opening up through hiring as business opportunities present themselves both economically and geographically.

One great example of the breaking down of geo-economic lines in hiring is with Wall Street. Prototypical New York bankers and traders are known to distinguish themselves with Armani suits and thousand dollar bottles of scotch. Now, however, Wall Street appears to be getting an influx of tech geeks that pride themselves on shorts and sandals and bottles of mountain dew.

From Forbes: “What Wall Street is going to need to stay rich are a few good tech geeks. The department where Wall Street recruiters and hiring managers say they’re going to add the most employees next year is technology. 2010 was already a big year for technology jobs on Wall Street- since the first quarter, tech postings are up 75% from a year ago, according to eFinancialCareers.”

Although many of these ‘east coast techies’ won’t be working on glamorous Web 2.0 projects like they would be in Silicon Valley, they will be migrating due to a high demand for better technology within the banking, trading and investing sectors. East Coast banks and investment firms are looking for support for their ‘complex technology infrastructures’ as well as new and innovative ways that technology can help save capital.

One important question will be how these West Coast techies will take to the hiring strategies of the East Coast. Silicon Valley does work in a very specific way: Bay Area companies (especially startups) are known for their laid-back demeanor, flexible hours, work-at-home encouragement, high level of creative support as well as great equity options. Wall Street is not known for many of these things. In order to hire the best tech talent out there, east coast hiring managers and recruiters will need to change their strategy a bit to accommodate for a different kind of hire.

Wall Street needs to realize that tech hires don’t work on the same schedule as wall street bankers – they aren’t 9-5 type of people and often get their best work done at random hours of the night fueled by liters of Mountain Dew. East Coast Hiring Managers need to communicate an understanding of this work attitude in order to attract the best talent out there.

East Coast recruiters can also make use of some technology of their own to land potential tech talent. West Coast companies have long been using the best in applicant tracking software to post jobs, find applicants and communicate throughout the hiring process. If Wall Street wants to jump right into the tech hiring mix they’ll need some firepower to get the best.

Business Bay in Dubai – The Next Global Commercial Hub

When Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum outlined his ‘Vision of Dubai,’ an integral part of the process was to reduce the reliance of Dubai on its traditional oil revenues, and to turn it into one of the world’s primary business and financial centres. Dubai’s strategic location, between the global superpowers of the west and the east, offered Dubai an opportunity to become a true global business and commercial hub. Unhindered by an ageing infrastructure the Vision of Dubai outlined an ambitious plan to build a new city, which would in time become one of the world’s largest business and financial centres. At the very heart of that plan was the new development in Business Bay, and the plan to turn it into the main business centre of the modern day Middle East.

The master plan for the development saw it as a ‘city within a city.’ A financial centre of the Middle East, to sit alongside the trading centres of Manhattan, Ginza and the Square Mile in New York, Tokyo and London. Business Bay was to become a regional home for some of the world’s largest corporations. The very scale of the Business Bay plan is indeed inspiring, a development which saw the Dubai Creek dredged for an extra 11 kilometres towards the coast to create the new Business Bay area. When it is completed in 2010, Business Bay will be home to over 230 towers and will cover over 64 million square feet, housing some of the world’s largest companies.

Central to the commercial appeal is its free trade zone status, ensuring highly favourable trading conditions for all companies and employees who reside there. Previous free trade zone developments in Dubai including Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City have proven highly successful in previous years at attracting major corporations to the emirate. This free zone status, coupled with the high tech nature of the developments and the strategic location has resulted in a large number of companies already purchasing office space in Business Bay.

In the ancient past, the prosperity of Dubai relied heavily on the waters of the Dubai Creek, and traders from all over the world would come here to trade in a variety of different produce. Given the impending global emergence of Business Bay, it seems that this will once more become the case, as international companies from all over the world base themselves in the Middle East’s most important commercial centre.