Bradenton Area EDC Appoints Established Business Program Manager

BRADENTON – Elizabeth Cordes has been appointed Established Business Program manager at the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC), announced Sharon Hillstrom, president and chief executive officer. Through in-depth consultation and intelligence gathering, Cordes will measure, evaluate and develop strategies to increase competitiveness for established businesses in Manatee County.  “The EDC offers a robust network [...]

2018-08-13T19:01:39+00:00 August 13th, 2018|News|

Bradenton Area’s Diverse Life Sciences Industry Impresses at Boston Conference

BY SHARON HILLSTROM The weather was miserable when we attended the BIO conference in Boston last month, but we didn’t mind at all. In fact, the steady downpour made our “Bradenton Area” branded umbrellas a huge hit at our booth as we talked with more than 150 attendees from life sciences businesses of all [...]

2018-07-13T17:14:44+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|News|

State College of Florida a Regional Powerhouse for Academics, Career Education

Photo credit: State College of Florida BY SHARON HILLSTROM Touring the new Library & Learning Center at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) brought home to me how the institution has grown to be a regional powerhouse for academics, leadership and career education. The stunning edifice and cutting-edge technology, the focus on collaborative [...]

2018-06-25T17:35:45+00:00 June 25th, 2018|News|

Downtown Bradenton Redevelopment Is More than Just Talk; It’s Real

Photo credit: Realize Bradenton BY SHARON HILLSTROM I received an email recently alerting me that the Bradenton Blues Festival scheduled for Dec. 1 is already one-third sold out. Last year, the nationally recognized, world-class blues experience sold out 12 days in advance and drew 3,000 attendees from 33 states, five foreign countries, and 229 Florida [...]

2018-05-18T19:59:11+00:00 May 18th, 2018|News|

Manatee County Applies Winning Strategies for Talent Attraction, STEM Learning

BY SHARON HILLSTROM Andrew Newman is quite a catch. He is a college-educated, skilled employee with three professional internships under his belt. He also happens to be a big fan of the Bradenton area. Sun Hydraulics Corp. successfully wooed Newman from Missouri to a mechanical engineering job at Sun’s facility in the Bradenton area in [...]

2018-04-23T16:15:42+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|News|

Pirates’ 50th Year in Bradenton Highlights Region’s Sports Performance Industry

BY SHARON HILLSTROM Regardless of the final score when the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Phillies at LECOM Park today, the Buccos are perennial winners in our book. The organization is celebrating a 50-year relationship with Bradenton that has brought substantial benefit to our community’s economy and quality of life. Consider that Pirates Spring [...]

2018-03-26T15:13:55+00:00 March 26th, 2018|News|

Manatee Technical College listens and adapts to employers’ workforce needs

By Sharon Hillstrom When Gov. Rick Scott visited Manatee Technical College (MTC) in January, the event did more than showcase a $200,000 grant to enhance advanced manufacturing skills training. It demonstrated to the hundreds of manufacturers in Manatee County that their needs are being heard – and acted upon. Why does that matter? It matters [...]

2018-03-20T18:06:20+00:00 February 20th, 2018|News|

Community Attachment Is Vital to Attracting, Retaining Workforce

BY SHARON HILLSTROM This year, our team at the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. will conduct over 100 in-person visits to Manatee County businesses and will have more than 400 direct interactions with companies in our community. That doesn’t include events, committee meetings and leadership discussions where we learn what local businesses need to [...]

2018-01-22T14:29:05+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|News|

Economist Fishkind Forecasts Strong 2018 for Manatee County and Florida

Noted Florida economist Henry “Hank” Fishkind, Ph.D., brought good news – at least for the near term – to nearly 400 guests attending the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. 2018 Economic Forecast Breakfast presented by Hancock Bank on January 11 at Manatee Technical College. “The outlook for the United States is very good for 2018,” [...]

2018-01-11T21:38:00+00:00 January 11th, 2018|News|

The giving season is all year long for Bradenton area businesses

By Sharon Hillstrom Today, many families will gather to celebrate religious and cultural traditions handed down through generations. At the center of these traditions is a spirit of giving. That spirit is not just a seasonal focus for businesses and employees in Manatee County. They give time and treasure year-round to help scores of non-profits [...]

2017-12-27T15:17:50+00:00 December 27th, 2017|News|
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