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Expanding Economic Opportunity
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region

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Building Strong Relationships
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region
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Creating Employment Opportunities
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region
Creating Employment Opportunities
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region
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Expanding Career Opportunities
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region
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Innovative Strategies to
Workforce Solutions
Building a Strong
and Skilled Workforce

Get to know CareerEdge

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a national-award-winning workforce and business innovation initiative, is making waves by turning the traditional model for workforce investment in Florida on its head. CareerEdge partners directly with employers in fast-growing sectors in the regional economy, to help them fill skills gaps and meet their employment needs, while at the same time assisting individuals in entering the workforce and moving up career ladders. CareerEdge is a cutting-edge initiative and is transforming the way stakeholders in the region and around the state look at career training.

MISSION STATEMENT: Our 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.

$8.1 Million

In Investments


Individuals Served


New Jobs Created


Certificates/Degrees Earned

$20.7 Million

New Wages & Raises

What’s New?

CareerEdge Partners with Sarasota Chamber

CareerEdge is moving from the United Way Suncoast Sarasota office to the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce in early Summer 2018. CareerEdge will work with the chamber to expand its education and workforce-support efforts and build a stable labor force for the region.  Read more about the transition, here.

The Manufacturing Industry Grows in the Sarasota-Manatee Region

CareerEdge has partnered with many local manufacturing employers to help connect and train talent and to close skills gaps. The industry has seen much improvement from these efforts and is still continuing to grow in our region. At the end of 2017, manufacturers employed over 17,000 employees locally, a 3% increase from 2016, with an average annual wage of $51,950 last year. Read more about the growth of the Manufacturing industry in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, here.

Financial Inclusion Summit with Ideas 42

The Summit, hosted by Bank On, was the first event open to the public to increase awareness of un- and underbanked related issues and to initiate collective conversations and efforts to advance financial inclusion in our community. The keynote speaker Anthony Barrows, Managing Director at Ideas42 based in NYC, shared Ideas42’s findings on behavioral economics and the decision-making of individuals living in poverty and the scarcity mindset. To read more about the event in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, click here.

Certified Nursing Assistant Training with Tidewell Hospice

Tidewell Hospice, the American Red Cross and CareerEdge are offering a free Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program with guaranteed employment for eligible participants interested in a healthcare career. The final information session to join the course is March 1, 2018, 5:30pm-7:30pm, at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. Register for the information session here or read about the program in the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

CareerEdge Welcomes National Fund for Workforce Solutions

CareerEdge and 33 collaboratives from across the nation joined together for the National Fund’s Site Director meeting in Tampa Florida.  The two-day event included sessions on data evaluations, apprenticeship programs, financial preparedness in the workforce and other economic and workforce development topics.  Read more about the event, here.

2016 Evaluator Report on Outcomes and Impacts

 $8.1 Million in Investments
 4,021 Individuals Served
 1,239 Jobs Created
 6,990 Certificates/Degrees Earned
 $20.7 Million in New Wages and Raises

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