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|

Business Development Training Series for Entrepreneurs begins Tuesday, January 23

This will be the 20th class for new and growing entrepreneurs. Sarasota, FL – Over the last ten years, the City of Sarasota has coordinated the North Sarasota Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO) business course. The City and SCORE work in partnership with CareerSource Suncoast to present a 10-week Introduction to Business Development course. “Throughout the [...]

2017-12-19T14:39:20+00:00 December 19th, 2017|News|

CareerSource Suncoast Releases Report on Student Perceptions of College and Careers

This year’s State of Students Report includes 498 responses from 17 high schools in the Suncoast region including public, private and charter institutions. On October 10, 2017, 850 high school students from Sarasota and Manatee counties packed Robarts Arena for the State of Jobs Conference, a full day of engaging sessions on a variety of [...]

2017-12-01T18:29:41+00:00 December 1st, 2017|News|

Take a Minute. Watch a Video. Share Good News.

BY SHARON HILLSTROM Are you interested in some good news, for a change? Read on. When 350 business and community leaders from the Manatee-Sarasota region met in November for the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp.’s annual meeting, our message was upbeat, as you might expect. Good news. We [...]

2017-12-27T13:55:20+00:00 November 20th, 2017|News|

Young professionals explore local job opportunities

Photo credit: Ryan Callihan, Bradenton Herald An assortment of local business leaders joined together at Ringling College of Art and Design Tuesday night to convince more than 130 students of one thing — to keep their talent here. BY RYAN CALLIHAN Mind the Gap, a networking event put on by Bright Ideas on the [...]

2017-11-15T19:24:06+00:00 November 15th, 2017|News, Uncategorized|


The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC) issues an annual Progress Update that showcases results from the organization’s work to create a more diverse and sustainable economy in the Bradenton Area. Highlights from the 2017 Progress Update: By working with our partners and developing new relationships, we are on track to achieve our strategic goals, [...]

2017-11-14T20:19:39+00:00 November 14th, 2017|News|

Rowing Event Showcases Region as Sports Performance Industry Hub

BY SHARON HILLSTROM Kevin McGowan knows rowing. He also knows what makes communities competitive in attracting businesses and jobs. The president of McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors, a corporate site location consultancy, McGowan attended the World Rowing Championships (WRC) as a guest of Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development arm. The Bradenton Area Economic Development [...]

2017-10-31T20:39:37+00:00 October 31st, 2017|News|
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