Transportation & Infrastructure

The Bradenton Area: Local & Global Access

Anchoring the south Tampa Bay region, the Bradenton Area is all about access.  The world-class, multimodal amenities including interstates, airports, deepwater ports (Port Manatee) and railways (CSX) that intersect in the Bradenton Area providing exceptional access to major, global markets.

Companies and residents easily access cities such as Tampa, Miami and Orlando via I-75 and I-4. International flights to 10 major markets and direct flights to any major U.S. market are available from three international airports including Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, Tampa International Airport and St.Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

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Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is uniquely located in both Manatee and Sarasota Counties at 6000 Airport Circle, Sarasota, FL. It is served by 10 airlines with flights to 44 destinations. 

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Port Manatee

Port Manatee is one of Florida’s largest and fastest growing deepwater seaports, serving as an international gateway between U.S. and global markets.

Located in the eastern Gulf of Mexico at the entrance to Tampa Bay, Port Manatee is regarded as the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal, and is the shortest route between Mexican and Central American production facilities, providing easy access to Florida’s nearly 20 million consumers. The Florida International Gateway includes nearly 5,000 acres of land adjacent to Port Manatee and features excellent customized economic development incentives and expedited permitting.

A robust consumer base of 8 million Florida residents live within a two-hour drive of Port Manatee, and the majority of Florida’s nearly 130 million annual visitors may be found within a three-hour drive.

Located in Foreign Trade Zone 169, Port Manatee offers exceptional highway and interstate connections with 60-mph access to Interstate 75 and Interstate 275. Trucks leaving Port Manatee reach I-75 and I-275 in less than four minutes via U.S. Highway 41.

The port and its partners move more than 9 million tons of bulk, bulkbreak and container and project cargo each year. Commodities include fresh produce, forestry products, petroleum products, citrus juice products, fertilizer, steel, aluminum, cement, aggregate, automobiles and more.

Port Manatee has more than 1 million square feet of public warehouse and office space, featuring 207,000 square feet of refrigerated space. The port offers nearly 1.5 miles of berthing for ships with two Gottwald HMK 6407 mobile harbor cranes for efficient movement of commodities.

Port Manatee’s Class III railroad connects to CSX rail lines with two switch engines (1,600 and 1,700 horsepower) and nine miles of standard gauge track, 19 switches, nine crossings and 300-plus rail car capacity. The railroad can operate 24 hours a day to accommodate customer needs. Carload Shipments reach major eastern U.S. cities in 3-6 days. (Source: CSX Transportation)

Key Commodities
Each year, Port Manatee moves more than 9 million tons of cargo representing a diverse range of import and export commodities.

Primary Imports

  • Tropical fruits and vegetables
  • Citrus juice
  • Aggregates
  • Refined petroleum products
  • Forestry products
  • Aluminum 
  • Salt

Primary Exports

  • Finished phosphate products
  • Project cargo
  • Steel
  • Used vehicles
  • Paper products


Meeting your business needs at every step, the Bradenton Area provides our existing companies with access to top-rated water and electricity. Learn more about our infrastructure!

Electric Rates

Electric rates for Bradenton Area businesses are often lower than in many communities outside of Florida. In addition, businesses that have intensive power demands may qualify for special rates through Florida Power & Light’s economic development program. FPL now has two special programs for economic development projects. One is a definitive tariff program (Economic Development Rider) and the other is a flexible negotiated rate (Commercial Industrial Service Rate). New or expanding businesses that add a minimum of 350 kW of new electric load and create at least 25 new jobs per 350 kW of added load can apply for an economic development rider. Businesses that are involved in making a site location decision and intend to add at least 2,000 kW new demand may be eligible to negotiate rates based on lower rates in a viable competitive location.

Water Supply

Manatee County is among Florida’s most forward-thinking communities when it comes to planning for water and sewer infrastructure. Potable water supplies are plentiful and include the Lake Manatee reservoir, Braden River, and deep-aquifer wells. Manatee County and the City of Bradenton combined have capacity to produce a daily average of 65 MGD of potable water to area homes and businesses.

An environmentally conscious community, the Bradenton Area has invested wisely in technology to treat and re-use wastewater, and many businesses rely on lower-cost re-use water for irrigating landscapes. The city and county have capacity to provide more than 25 MGD of re-use water.

For businesses with water-intensive production processes, local governments are ready to discuss bulk rate discounts and re-use methods to conserve resources and help you manage costs.

Other Resources


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