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

Healthcare companies offered training

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.

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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

The Sarasota-Manatee Healthcare Collaborative completes a six-week healthcare leadership training with thirty-one emerging leaders from area healthcare organizations. Blake Medical Center, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Venice Regional, Doctor Hospital, Manatee Glens, Manatee Health Department and MTI. Thanks to Gulf Coast Community Foundation for providing the funding to CareerEdge for this training.Sarasota-Manatee Healthcare Collaborative


IT Meeting

On October 15, 2014, CareerEdge and Talent4Tomorrow convened a roundtable discussion with employers, local educators and training providers.   The discussions were to address the current needs in the IT/Computer Science industry.  The educators presented their current program offerings to the employers and the employers communicated their hiring challenges.  It was determined by the employers  the current IT/Computer Science programs are outdated.  The employers and educators will work together to address the development of programs needed in order to develop the talent pool.    

2014 Evaluator Report on Outcomes and Impacts

$4.5 Million in Investments

597 New Jobs Created

65% Earned Raises

2,375 Individuals Trained or In Trainings 

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We want to thank Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, United Way Suncoast  and Sarasota County Government for grants totaling $365,000.

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