Expanding Economic Opportunity in Florida's
Bradenton-Sarasota Region

CareerEdge is dedicated to helping area employers meet the challenges of a fast-changing economy. One of the principal ways we do that is by filling the worker "skill gaps" that prevent leading employers from achieving stronger rates of revenue growth.

MISSION STATEMENTOur mission is to provide an exceptional labor force to a region’s growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming high-performing workforce partnerships.

VISION STATEMENT: CareerEdge will be known as the region’s distinguished workforce development organization that promotes economic prosperity through strong employer-labor and community partnerships.   

CareerEdge is the first Funders Collaborative designated as a National Fund for Workforce Solutions site in the Southeastern US. The collaborative uses donated funds to create a skilled labor pool in the Manatee-Sarasota region and helps local employers find the talent they need.  Learn more about how we fulfill this vital mission and how you can help drive economic development in the Manatee-Sarasota region.

CareerEdge in the News

Bradenton business investment into Career Edge is paying off By Mark Young

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative awarded five grants totaling $150,000 to help Sarasota and Manatee manufacturers train workers.

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a Bradenton-based group formed to bring workers and employers together, has received an economic development award for its efforts.

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Press Releases


Group Also Launches Manufacturing Workforce Collaborative To Raise Awareness of Ongoing Needs and Employment Opportunities in the Sector

Bank responds to job creation and job-readiness development success

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What's New

We want to thank Bank of America, Chase, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and United Way Suncoast for grants totaling $265,000.

Without the support of these funders CareerEdge's work would not be possible in our community.

When was the last time you heard that an education program graduated 100% of its students and every student immediately had a job or multiple job offers.  That’s exactly what happened last month as 16 adult students graduated from the inaugural Precision Machining Program at Sarasota County Technical Institute. When they received their certificates, each had a job lined up or multiple offers to consider. That’s what’s possible through the mixture of vision, drive, and cooperation

In 2013-14 CareerEdge and community leaders focused on a community-wide plan that created solutions for the high-tech manufacturing employers.  Click here to view the plan.

Now completing its third year of operations, CareerEdge continues to impact its goals.   Since Inception 2,123 Individuals Served

Achievement Highlights:  See full here

Four national awards won by CareerEdge (2), Life Care Center, and Sarasota  Memorial Hospital

450 new jobs created since inception

$5.6 million in value-added income to the local economy since inception

Sixty-five percent of individuals have earned raises and 19% have received promotions

Met or exceeded virtually all three-year goals with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions by up to a factor of 10


Labor Market Presentation 

By Dr. Chris Benner, Associate Professor,Human and Community Development Department, University of California, Davis.  Find out the business sectors that are adding jobs, the state of wages in our regions and decling industries. Also presenting the local EDC's and employers from the growing business sectors.  See labor market  presentation.   See EDC presentation and CareerEdge presentation