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Manatee, Bradenton feel sense of urgency to staunch local brain drainRead Article

Manatee County community leaders estimate 70 percent of the local workforce will retire over the next five years, but millennials aren't sticking around to prepare for future job openings.

3.0 Leaders innovation, investment conference returns to BradentonRead Article

The fourth annual Innovation and Investment Convergence Conference features action sessions that help entrepreneurs connect and contribute.

Restaurateur encourages patrons to skip the strawRead Article

Restaurateur Ed Chiles is working to protect Florida’s beaches from pollution. At his three restaurants, he’s encouraging customers to “Skip the Straw.”  

New nature-preserving neighborhood in Parrish sells outRead Article

Neal Communities, which has built more than 10,000 homes in southwest Florida with the goal of integrating houses peacefully with the environment, has fully sold its Forest Creek neighborhood near Bradenton.

Book excerpt: Seafood Lovers Florida by Bruce HuntRead Article

What is your favorite seafood place in Florida? Author Bruce Hunt shares his top picks in a new book that takes readers on a culinary tour of the state.

Retrofitting Tampa Bay for climate change: From understanding to actionRead Article

Several key themes and insights have emerged through conversations and reflections related to 83 Degrees Media's series on climate change, arguably leaving us with more questions and ideas than clear answers or sound solutions. In that spirit, by way of conclusion, here are four provocations to ...

Exploring a millennial-fueled future for Sarasota, BradentonRead Article

A collaborative effort by local colleges and universities, the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast (C4), aims to change the narrative about the Sarasota-Bradenton area to better attract students and reflect opportunities for millennials. 
Bonnie Walker (R) teaches Kelly Clark and Megan Body the rules of shuffleboard at realize Bradenton's PopUps for a Purpose event.

Swiss-owned SpecPage moves its North American operations to Manatee CountyRead Article

SpecPage, a Switzerland-based tech firm with global clients, plans to strengthen its presence in the U.S. and Latin America by moving its North American headquarters to Bradenton FL. 
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At first glance, downtown Bradenton recalls a sense of midcentury, Norman Rockwellian charm -- accentuated with modern amenities like free WiFi and craft beer. The family-friendly downtown offers walkable access to a unique mix of arts, culture, fitness and family activities, including a pop-up Saturday farmers market, a performing arts center, a marina, a planetarium, aquarium and cultural heritage museum, independently owned restaurants and bars, a skate park, and free films and concerts at Riverwalk Park. Downtown Bradenton is also home to the Bradenton Blues Fest.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranks Bradenton and the surrounding metropolitan area #1 among the 100 most populous communities in the United States. Bradenton's welcoming, close-knit local community earns "The Friendly City" its longstanding nickname, while the region's natural beauty and year-round sunshine, vibrant arts scene and diversity of social offerings play to the city's charmingly casual persona.

Minutes from downtown, the Village of the Arts (VOTA) artist enclave, Florida's largest art community, is defined by colorful and whimsical historic bungalows that serve as live-work studio residences for artists and shop owners. Neighboring VOTA are the award-winning Darwin's Brewing Co. and Motorworks Brewing beer gardens, and LECOM Park -- spring training home for the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball team and the minor league Bradenton Marauders

West Bradenton's mile-wide Anna Maria Island and Cortez Fishing Village capture laidback Gulf Coast beach vibes and are rich with 'Old Florida' heritage and charm: the area is known for its pristine beaches and breezy 'beach town' culture. Neighboring Robinson Preserve offers over 600 acres of coastal wilderness trails for hikers, cyclists, and paddlers to explore, as well as breathtaking observation deck views extending for miles to St. Petersburg and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.??In east Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch is a hip, award-winning master-planned community with 15 distinct villages and a taste for casual luxury. The town center at Lakewood Ranch Main Street is the center of the action, featuring stylish boutiques, world-class dining, and family-friendly activities and events. 

Bradenton is also home to IMG Sports Academy and the headquarters of Beall's Department Stores, Tropicana and Champs Sports.

Young inventors represent Tampa Bay at national convention

The Metropolitan Ministries Employment Lab helps people obtain email accounts and write resumes.

Ministry employment lab works to end joblessness

Jennifer Collins at USF

What will climate change mean for Florida?

Sandy Murman, second from left, organizes job fairs to get people back to work.

October job fairs target unemployed, underemployed


Interactive career tool helps job seekers research market

Jason Druding is Special Projects Coordinator for CareerSource Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Area cities, counties offer summer jobs for teens

3.0 Leaders innovation, investment conference returns to Bradenton

Ed Chiles is educating customers about beach pollution.

Restaurateur encourages patrons to skip the straw


Read more articles by Jessi Smith.

 Jessi Smith is a feature writer for 83 Degrees Media in the Tampa Bay region of Florida.

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