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Connect Bradenton Brings Co-working, Higher Education to Downtown

BY SHARON HILLSTROM Something new is coming to downtown Bradenton this fall, and its impact could be far-reaching for our economy and community. It’s called Connect Bradenton. Locals will know it as Connect!, and it’s located at 600 Old Main Street in the former Bank [...]

LECOM fields largest incoming class of any U.S. medical school

ERIE, Pa. - Consider a game of "centipede" a bonding method for some of LECOM's 250 newest medical students at its Erie campus. "It's a way to build camaraderie and for the students to get to know each other, maybe to find a workout partner [...]

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Shaping a legacy of contributing to the greater good

BY SHARON HILLSTROM I’m speaking at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce planning retreat next month where the theme will be “legacy,” so I’m taking a deep dive into what legacy means in a community and how economic development contributes. Legacy can be either a gift [...]

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