Bradenton Area Excels in Attracting Sports Performance Businesses
The Bradenton Area’s year-round outdoor climate may be a top attractor for sports performance and sports-related businesses to locate and grow here, but it’s certainly not the only one.
Sports-related businesses benefit from the same elements that draw many companies to the Bradenton Area – available land, a skilled workforce and an unparalleled quality of life. In addition, sports-related enterprises benefit from the region’s tourism marketing efforts, which often align with major sporting events and venue promotion.
Today, the growing cluster of sports performance venues, products makers, training organizations, professional teams, research centers and related medical services makes up a substantial economic generator for the region.
Consider the 500-acre campus of IMG Academy, which includes research & development operations for global brands like Under Armour and Gatorade; the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training and Minor League operations; international rowing facilities at Nathan Benderson Park and Fort Hammer Rowing Facility on the Manatee River; international tournaments at Lakewood Ranch’s Premier Sports Campus; companies that provide sports-related products nationally and globally; and numerous businesses that support all of these enterprises.
Sports performance and related businesses have been identified by the Bradenton Area EDC and Manatee County Government as a targeted business sector qualifying for performance-based incentives, rapid response permitting and workforce training grants.
The EDC’s collaborative partnerships provide customized and flexible training programs and access to funding sources for employee skills upgrades. A highly responsive workforce development ecosystem adapts to employers’ needs as evolving technologies place new demands on training your workforce.
What Executives of Sports-Related Businesses Say About the Bradenton Area
“Collaboration with local governments, sports commissions and partners like the Bradenton Area EDC has helped us expand our footprint and continue to attract not only top athletes, but also industry-leading partners and world-class events.”
Chris Ciaccio, VP of Marketing & Outreach
“I believe the Bradenton Area EDC plays an important role in attracting businesses from around the world to our community. Our partnership with them and the partnership with the local sports commissions helps the Premier Sports Campus attract more sports events and contribute even more to the overall economic impact in our area.”
Antonio Saviano, Director
Premier Sports Campus