Expanding Economic Opportunity
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region

Get to know CareerEdge

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 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.

$5.8 Million

In Investments


Individuals Served


New Jobs Created


Certificates/Degrees Earned

$22 Million

New Wages & Raises

What’s New?

Our Latest Bridges to Careers Graduates are on the Road to Success!

16 participants have recently graduated from our Bridges to Careers program and are already being placed with local employers. Nine graduates were part of a core skill program at Goodwill Manasota, which also combined a certification from St Pete College in Custer Service Operations. Seven graduates were part of a core skill program at Suncoast Community Capital, which also combined a certification from St Pete College in Warehouse Operations.


CareerEdge Invited to Present Study at Washington, D.C., Conference

Mireya Eavey, Executive Director of CareerEdge, has been invited to present the organization’s recent case study, “The Power of Partnership,” at the closing session of the Social Innovation Fund’s Annual Grantee Convening on Sept. 17 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington. The study highlights the organization’s model for community collaboration and how it has successfully impacted the Sarasota-Manatee region.


The Power of Partnership

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative is proud to present our recent case study called the “The Power of Partnership” which highlights the National Fund for Workforce Solution’s model for community collaboration and how it has successfully impacted the Sarasota-Manatee region.


2014 Evaluator Report on Outcomes and Impacts

 $5.8 Million in Investments
 2,565 Individuals Served
 825 Jobs Created
 5,318 Certificates/Degrees Earned
 $22 Million in New Wages and Raises

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CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and St. Petersburg College (SPC) have partnered to provide training to strengthen the region’s growing transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) workforce. The partnership, TDL Tampa Bay, is funded through a grant CareerEdge received from Jobs for the Future. CareerEdge has been awarded $220,000 to train 300 individuals over the next two years and provide them support and job placement services. The projects will connect underrepresented populations to the industry, with each site committing to serve at least 25 percent female participants.

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