Southwest County Improvement District
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners established the Southwest County Improvement District (SWTIF) under Ordinance No. 14-28. The District was created to undertake, carry out or arrange for redevelopment and related activities within a designated segment of Manatee County. This may include such improvements as streets, utilities, parks, playgrounds, street lighting, sidewalks and other public improvements; property acquisition; voluntary building repair and rehabilitation programs, services, events and promotions to enhance long term growth in the area; maintenance of County-owned capital infrastructure; and more. Incentives offered in the SWTIF are subject to available funding and approval by the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners.
The SWTIF encompasses a large portion of Manatee County stretching from the mainland West Coast eastward to US301 and some areas beyond, and from the City of Bradenton southern boundary to the Manatee - Sarasota County line.
Also within the SWTIF are the County’s two Community Redevelopment Area districts created in 2002, 14th Street West and South County. These were phased out in 2013, with the increments that were generated by the CRAs reserved in a special fund solely to complete aspects of the redevelopment plans within the former boundaries of the two districts.
Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department will administer the SWTIF and engage with residential and commercial neighborhood stakeholders to develop revitalization strategies to be carried out through the Southwest County Improvement District.
Transportation Concurrency Exception Areas (TCEA)
TCEAs comprising the former community redevelopment districts remain in place to promote urban infill and redevelopment where opportunities for expansion or additional new transportation corridors are limited. TCEAs provide for alternative means to address and mitigate transportation impacts caused by development.
Redevelopment Rapid Response Team Incentive
New and existing businesses with a desire to locate or expand in the SWTIF may apply for expedited review of all County related services. Potential customers contact the Economic Development Program Manager, prior to submittal of new development or business expansion to review project elements, who then may establish a team of County Departments for expedited project review process in coordination with FDOT, FDEP, SWFWMD, Fire Districts and FPL.
Land Re-Development Incentives
For example, county-initiated rezones, brownfield designations, special zoning, market driven reduced setback and parking requirements, urban encouragement and free trade zones;
For example, exemptions from impact fees on existing empty buildings or parcels, permitting fee reductions for eligible projects with capital investment in excess of $1 million;
For example, workshops provided for topics such as crowd-sourcing, pitch and grow, business planning, leadership, customer services, access to capital, permitting processes, etc.;
Business Opportunity Fund
Targeted Retail Stimulus Fund
Small Business Job Training Grant