Manatee Millennials to host three-day #4Progress Millennial conference in April

  • Jan 28, 2016
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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Jan. 26, 2016) – Manatee County Government’s team of Millennial employees, called Manatee Millennial Movement (M3) announced plans today to host #4Progress – Millennial Conference (MCon), April 1 – 3.

 The conference will focus on topics important to local millennials such as housing, networking, financial stability, entrepreneurship and how to take ownership in your community, among others. 

MCon will serve as a catalyst to help shape the future vision of local towns in the Tampa Bay area, said Ogden Clark, one of the event’s organizers.  M3 has spent the last year informing local young professionals and college students about civic engagement opportunities, focusing on affordable housing, leadership roles and overcoming millennial apathy. Millennial Con is the follow up to last year’s #iSeeManatee event that brought out hundreds of people to talk about what they would like to see Manatee County look like in the future.


“We want to develop our county’s future leaders and have them take ownership in their community,” Clark said. “The resounding message from M3 in the past year has been ‘stop talking about us and start talking to us.’”  


“Young professionals want to shape their communities, but rarely have the venue to do so,” said Anisley Mena, event co-organizer. “MCon will provide not only professional development, but the opportunity to be civically engaged with local leaders and decision makers.”


Registration for the conference is $30 per person through Feb. 29.


Between March 1st and March 19th $35 per person


Between March 20th and March 31st $40 per person


 The conference schedule goes as follows:

April 1 - Cosmic Shuffleboard with Realize Bradenton - Fun, Music, Food, Social

Location: 1525 Ballard Park Dr., Bradenton, FL 34205

As part of the Pop-Ups for a Purpose series, Realize Bradenton invites conference attendees to join the Shuffleboard PopUp Party on Fri., April 1, 6 - 9 p.m. at the Bradenton Shuffleboard Courts at 1525 Ballard Park Dr.  The downtown pop-up event will temporarily transform the shuffleboard courts into a place to play featuring food, music, dancing, libations, shuffleboard lessons, an outdoor lounge and fun ways to connect with friends.



April 2 - Millennial Con @ the Bradenton Area Convention Center

Location: Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto
We have many action labs (sessions) or Ted-styled talks that are geared to young professionals. Some of them include: Entrepreneurship, How to Take Ownership in Your Community, Housing Needs, Financial Stability, and much more. A final schedule will be sent out before the conference.


April 3 - Yoga & Mimosas - Networking event

Location: Holmes Beach

Get your fitness on and afterwards network with your fellow participants over food and drinks. Make sure to bring your yoga mat, beach chairs and umbrellas to soak up some sun. Don’t want to do yoga? No problem, come on out for the fun.


Anyone interested in registering for the conference can go to

About the Manatee Millennial Movement 

The Manatee Millennial Movement also known as “M3” consists of Manatee County Government millennial employees spanning 11 departments and constitutional offices.  M3’s goal is to develop strong leaders who will then provide political and social engagement to Manatee County through dialogue, educational programs, involvement, partnerships and special events.  Millennials are set to inherit Manatee County. Shouldn’t they have a say in how it will look in the future?  

For more information about Manatee County’s M3 program please visit