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

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a nationally-designated Funder for Workforce Solutions that started in the Bradenton area six years ago, will present its recent study at a conference next week in Washington, D.C.

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 Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that empowers organizations to identify and support solutions that are making strides in bettering communities. It unites public and private resources to evaluate and grow community-based solutions that have evidence of improving the lives of people low-income communities.

CareerEdge was created in 2009 with the goal of preparing low-skilled workers in the Manatee-Sarasota counties region for higher paying jobs in the fields of healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and technology industries. It was formed through City of Bradenton agencies, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and private sector partnerships.

“The City of Bradenton prides itself on being the most entrepreneurial government in Tampa Bay and the CareerEdge Collaborative fits our model of bringing private-public partnerships together to help build a stronger community,” Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston said. “Mireya Eavey has provided leadership to CareerEdge in building an innovative, creative and bold platform for success. We are very proud of Career Edge and its leadership.”

The session will be attended by CEOs and program leads from Social Innovation Fund intermediary funding partners,—a diverse blend of the nation’s leading grant makers and social innovation centers—representatives from non-profit implementation partners, colleagues from the White House and across the federal government and some of the nation’s preeminent scholars, practitioners and leading thinkers on the subject of investing in innovation, evidence and scale. The closing session also will be livestreamed.

Although CareerEdge has been nationally recognized by the National Fund and the other 35 collaboratives which represent the same model, this is the first time it has been recognized by the US government.

Eavey said the presentation will show how a community can achieve success through working together – using the Sarasota-Manatee region as an example.

“It is a great template that can work in other communities as well if employers, educators and community organizations are willing to buy in and play nice,” she said. “In the end, everyone will benefit with a strengthened workforce and stronger economy.”

Visit the Power of Partnership document for more information: or contact:

Mireya Eavey
Executive Director, CareerEdge


Original Source: City of Bradenton, FL 

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