Southern Business & Development magazine has named The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC) one of Florida’s top local economic development agencies, one of only four in the state to be honored this year.
Judged by members of the magazine’s Southern Economic Development Roundtable, awards were made in several categories. The Bradenton EDC is a private, not-for-profit corporation that employs six paid staff and serves as the lead economic development organization for Bradenton’s nine-community cluster south of Tampa.
“While we are tremendously proud of this distinction, we believe this award recognizes the results from an entire network of partner organizations and volunteers that work with us to help Bradenton area businesses expand and to recruit new jobs to our community,” EDC President and CEO Sharon Hillstrom said.
Working to diversify the local economy, The Bradenton EDC strives to attract and retain high-wage jobs for residents and help existing businesses access resources. Currently in preparation for a multi-year development plan, the EDC is collaborating with stakeholders to realize its vision and implement creative strategies for supporting the local economy, with plans to unveil the blueprint scheduled for Aug. 28 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.
Southern Business & Development is a respected journal covering economic development in the American South.