About the Bradenton Area EDC

Recognized by the state of Florida as the lead economic development organization for the Bradenton Area’s nine communities located on the south side of Tampa Bay, the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC) works to diversify the local economy by attracting and retaining high-wage jobs for area residents, and connecting established businesses to the resources they need to succeed.

  • Building a Business Here – One of the top upcoming places for entrepreneurship with a workforce of approximately 2 million.

  • Education – From K-12 and technical training to world-class colleges and universities, education is a priority in the Bradenton Area, where local institutions provide coursework and skills training to foster a competitive 21st century workforce.

  • Location – Situated on Florida’s West Coast, the Bradenton Area’s location lets you take advantage of a consumer market of more than 8 million.

  • Infrastructure – Connect your business to the region and state by excellent roadways, and to the nation and world by international airports and the United States’ closest deepwater port to the Panama Canal.

  • Lifestyle – Enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle and a wide range of recreational opportunities, arts and culture, and community character.

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Living Here

An emerging arts scene and more than 360 days of sunny skies makes the Bradenton Area shine.

Facts & Stats


New developments are happening all over the Bradenton Area; and we’ve got the data that shows why our area is a sound investment.

Building a Business

We want your business and we want to tell you why the Bradenton Area should be your next business address! 

Jeff Conley

As our business continues to grow, the EDC has been a key partner in assisting our future growth plans. Their ability to open doors and our county’s willingness to listen and help has been very much appreciated. We are now in our third generation, and from our personal experience operating businesses in multiple states, I can honestly say there is no place like home — Manatee County. The EDC and the area’s business climate make this a place you should want to be.

Jeff Conley, President, Conley Buick GMC Subaru
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Manatee County is rich in assets! We have beautiful beaches, a thriving seaport, abundant natural resources, productive farmland and fisheries that are second to none, but our most important assets are our residents. Good people need good jobs! The importance of having a vibrant EDC to bring new, high-paying jobs to our growing community is paramount. The Bradenton Area EDC not only engages new businesses seeking to take root in our community, but also promotes and supports existing companies. Jones Potato Farm is proud to partner with the Bradenton Area EDC, which is committed to propelling Manatee County forward as the shining star of Florida.

Alan Jones, President, Jones Potato Farm, Inc.
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Economic growth is the lifeblood of our community. There’s little doubt that the availability of high quality jobs improves our quality of life at many levels. In Manatee County, we’re blessed to have an EDC that understands that job growth comes not only from attracting new business to the area, but also from assisting existing businesses to expand their local footprints. In short, the Bradenton Area EDC ‘gets it’ and they approach the challenge in the right way!

Stephen Knopik, Executive Chairman of the Board, Beall's Inc.
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A strong economy is good business for all of Manatee County. At Florida Power & light Company, we are proud to work with the Bradenton Area EDC to encourage investment and job creation and to make our community an even better place to raise a family and do business.

Rae Dowling, Area Manager External Affairs, Florida Power & Light
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While SRQ has a major economic impact on the region, the future growth and success of the airport is tied to the growth and success of our region. The Bradenton Area EDC has had a significant impact on the expanding economic vitality and diversification of the area, and the airport is proud to be a big supporter of their efforts.

Fredrick Piccolo, President & CEO, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
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We are very fortunate to have the Bradenton Area EDC representing the can-do spirit of our community, its engaged business leaders and talented workforce; as well as the other priceless business and civic assets that make Manatee County such an exceptional place to live, work and play.

Michael Saunders, Founder & CEO, Michael Saunders & Company

Our Investors

The Bradenton Area’s economic development initiatives are supported by a private-public partnership led by private companies committed to the long-term prosperity of the region, as well as forward-thinking public entities throughout the community. As the lead economic development organization serving the Bradenton Area’s nine communities, the EDC attracts top talent to its board and investor membership.

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