Entries by Mireya Eavey

Rise of manufacturing bodes well for Manatee County

Friday’s unemployment report underscores the rising star of Manatee County’s economic development – manufacturing. With a 3.1 percent growth rate in that sector of the job market, Manatee topped the overall statewide number. That growth should continue with the ongoing success of the Manatee Economic Development Corp., which so far this year helped five manufacturers […]

CareerEdge Generates Millions in New Wages for Manatee-Sarasota

MANATEE-SARASOTA, FL (May 4, 2012) – An independent analysis of the CareerEdge Funders Collaborative finds that the nonprofit workforce-development program is producing millions of dollars in new wages and economic impact for the Manatee-Sarasota region.  The April 2012 analysis also documents why the organization’s innovative approach could serve as a high-impact, cost-effective workforce-training model for […]

CareerEdge Generates Millions in New Wages

An independent analysis of the CareerEdge Funders Collaborative finds that the nonprofit workforce-development program is producing millions of dollars in new wages and economic impact for the Manatee-Sarasota region.  The April 2012 analysis also documents why the organization’s innovative approach could serve as a high-impact, cost-effective workforce-training model for the rest of Florida. Conducted by […]

Health Firm Moves To Sarasota From Venice

The parent company of Venice Regional Medical center will move its offices from Venice to Sarasota as part of an expansion for the company. Health Management Associates Inc.’s move is expected to help keep 148 jobs and add 217 positions during the next two years, according to Mark Huey, president and CEO of the Economic […]

Big hospital chain to employ up to 300 in Sarasota billing center

SARASOTA COUNTY – The corporate owner of Venice Regional Medical Center and other regional hospitals is establishing a centralized billing and collection center in Southwest Florida that could employ as many as 300 in coming years. Officials managing the center — to be housed in the former Arthur Andersen complex off Fruitville Road — hope […]

Business buzz: Local briefs about local businesses

CareerEdge and foundation make progress CareerEdge Funders, a southwest Florida workforce organization that helps local businesses find and train skilled employees, used $550,000 in grants from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation on more jobs, more training and more employee promotions than expected during 2011. “Even in an economic downturn, we have proven that when funders […]

BUSINESS BUZZ: Local briefs about local businesses

CareerEdge Funders, a southwest Florida workforce organization that helps local businesses find and train skilled employees, used $550,000 in grants from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation on more jobs, more training and more employee promotions than expected during 2011. “Even in an economic downturn, we have proven that when funders and businesses collaborate and work […]

Targeting manufacturing employment in Southwest Florida

SARASOTA — At Quality Enclosures, a Sarasota company that makes glass-and-aluminum shower doors, owner Steve Schwartz has turned the Great Recession to his advantage. In November 2010, he acquired a glass-tempering operation in Port Orange, near Daytona Beach, which allowed him to harden his own glass and, ultimately, add to profits. Before that acquisition, he’d […]

Organization gives employers and workers an edge

BRADENTON – When Mireya Eavey was with Sarasota County’s Economic Development Corp. a few years ago, employers looking to move here would typically ask if the region had enough of the skilled workers they would need. Facts CAREEREDGE Created: early 2010 Executive director: Mireya Eavey Funding: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Gulf Coast […]