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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
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Innovative Strategies to
Workforce Solutions
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Building a Strong
and Skilled Workforce

Get to know CareerEdge

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a national-award-winning workforce and employer-led 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 and policy makers in the region and around the state look at career training.

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.

2018 Evaluator Report on Outcomes and Impacts


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What’s New?

BUSINESS OBSERVER: Behind fast-track classes, group aims to solve labor shortage

The labor shortage that plagues a variety of fields in the region has met a formidable foe: classes that get workers on the job — quickly.


CareerEdge, PGT Innovations and Four Winds Network Services Partner with the US Chamber Job Data Exchange (JDX) Pilot Program


Career Edge Launches Demand Driven HVAC Fast Track Training 

Funded by the Eppard Family Foundation, CareerEdge hosts its first HVAC Fast Track training at Manatee Technical College. Eppard’s donation allows the 12 hand-elected students to attend at no cost.

Watch ABC7 interview on program.

Community Leaders Gather to approve Policy Agenda

Over 25 community organizations, that play a role in workforce development, gathered at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce with CareerEdge to vote on a workforce policy agenda for our community.

2019 Regional Workforce Legislative Agenda

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