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Buchanan discusses free trade agreements at Port Manatee

Buchanan discusses free trade agreements at Port Manatee

Palmetto, Florida -- As Florida’s only member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and its Subcommittee on Trade, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan has been working to pass free trade deals with Colombia, Panama, & South Korea that will provide critical economic growth to the state. 

The House of Representatives is expected to consider the trade agreements on the floor next week. 

Buchanan, who also chairs the Panama Caucus, will discuss the positive impact of the trade deals on Florida’s economy at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 10.  The event will be held at Port Manatee on the third floor of the Port Manatee Intermodal Center, 1905 Intermodal Circle, Palmetto, FL 34221. 

CareerEdge puts unemployed to work with “Bridges to Careers”

CareerEdge puts unemployed to work with “Bridges to Careers”

MANATEE/SARASOTA, FL – CareerEdge Funders Collaborative Manatee Sarasota will celebrate the graduation of 10 individuals from its “Bridges to Careers” workforce-readiness training on Tuesday, Oct. 4.  Seven of the 10 previously unemployed workers in this inaugural training class have already secured full-time jobs with a local manufacturer.

“It felt great to make a commitment to this group of individuals and be able to say to them, ‘We delivered,’ ” said Jennifer Carp, senior program director at CareerEdge.  “We promised them training, improved lives, and access to employment, and we are providing just that.”

Manatee County is now accepting applications for Code Enforcement Board

Manatee County is now accepting applications for Code Enforcement Board

MANATEE COUNTY, FL – Manatee County Government is now accepting applicants for vacancies on the Special Magistrate and the Code Enforcement Board which hold the authority to hear and decide alleged violations of Manatee’s Land Development Code.

All Manatee County residents may apply for any of the volunteer positions.

The Special Magistrate is generally comprised of two people with a legal background and/or law experience. The new Special Magistrate appointees will fill three-year terms which expire in October, 2014.

Premier Sports Campus invests over $1M in lighting for future tournaments

Premier Sports Campus invests over $1M in lighting for future tournaments

The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch (5895 Post Blvd) is undergoing big changes this week, investing over $1 million in making sure the regional economic impact seen this year by visiting sports teams is one that can continue in the future.

Specifically, the success of the Premier Sports Campus has dictated the investment of $1.1 million in the installation of lights on 8 fields to facilitate longer field play by major tournaments coming to the area over the next year. The installation will take place on Monday September 26, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

PHOTOS: Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch

Starting on Friday, light poles began arriving for installation at the sports campus. “The lights make us very unique in that we are the ONLY local facility that is privately owned that has playing fields with lights,” Mulqueen said.  “We can now be host to at least nine national events – events that will be massive in terms of economic impact and exposure to the area that we could not have secured without lights.” 

Manatee Government named Healthiest Employer in the Region

Manatee Government named Healthiest Employer in the Region

Manatee County, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Business Journal has named Manatee County Government the healthiest employer in the region for a business of its size.

The Manatee YourChoice health plan was named tops in the region from among hundreds of employers from seven counties during the Journal’s 2011 Healthiest Employer awards Thursday. The Journal works with HealthiestEmployers.com, an Indianapolis-based research firm focused on corporate wellness. The firm used proprietary technology, wellness experts, physicians, professors, employers and human resource professionals to select the winners.

Finalists were ranked in six categories including Culture & Leadership Commitment; Foundational Components; Strategic Planning; Communications and Marketing; Programming and Interventions; Reporting and Analysis. To be considered for the award, Manatee County submitted a detailed questionnaire about its wellness and health management program.

CareerEdge helps create jobs in Manatee, Sarasota

CareerEdge helps create jobs in Manatee, Sarasota

Amid lingering double-digit unemployment and the recurring threat of a double-dip recession, there is a bright spot in the Sarasota-Manatee region.

CareerEdge, a nonprofit workforce-development initiative, is helping local employers create and fill real jobs with skilled workers. It is helping incumbent workers in the healthcare sector gain new skills, and the pay raises that come with them. And it is helping the unemployed secure jobs at growing manufacturing businesses like PGT Industries.

CareerEdge is a model for the future of workforce development in Florida, say its financial backers, who have new data to prove its mettle. 159 new jobs have been created and 84 worker raises have been charted.

AT&T upgrades 45 Bradenton, Sarasota cell sites

AT&T upgrades 45 Bradenton, Sarasota cell sites

Bradenton, Florida -- As part of its initiative to deliver the nation’s most advanced mobile broadband experience, AT&T announced this week it has upgraded 45 cell sites in Manatee and Sarasota counties year-to-date to optimize network performance and provide faster data speeds.

Since the start of the year, AT&T has made the following improvements in Sarasota and Manatee counties:

  • Deployed enhanced backhaul connections to 19 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these backhaul connections enable 4G speeds.
  • Added additional layers of capacity, called “carriers,” to 26 cell sites in Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Sarasota, North Port, Osprey, Englewood, and Longboat Key. The extra capacity makes it possible for the sites to accommodate more traffic, which helps improve the performance of mobile broadband data and voice connectivity.

“We’re always looking for new opportunities to provide a better customer experience, and these local network upgrades are just one way we’re doing that,” said Rich Guidotti, vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets for West, Central and North Florida. “In addition,