April 17 #iSeeManatee asks for feedback on southwest Manatee gateway

  • Mar 27, 2015

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 27, 2015) – Hoping for feedback from local college students, and southwest county residents and business owners about improving the look and livability of Manatee’s southern gateways, Manatee County will host #iSeeManatee, a first-of-its-kind event next month.

#iSeeManatee, the April 17 event to get public feedback on Manatee's southern gateways, is being planned largely by the County's Millennial Team.
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#iSeeManatee, the April 17 event to get public feedback on Manatee's southern gateways, is being planned largely by the County's Millennial Team.

 #iSeeManatee will be held Friday, April 17 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Dolphin Aviation, 8191 N. Tamiami Trail. Organizers want to get input on roads, housing, new jobs, educational opportunities and quality of life from the people who live and do business near the residential areas around USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

 

#iSeeManatee is being planned by the County’s Millennial Team, a group of up-and-coming employees set on bringing a fresh new perspective to local government. The group recently presented to the County Commission and will speak to the April 7 Council of Governments about millennial housing trends.

 

“Younger voices can get overlooked as a community takes shape, so we’re trying to become part of the process” said Ogden Clark, a member of the Millennial Team. “At #iSeeManatee, we’re going to ask people to tell us what they want this gateway to evolve into to attract students, retailers and employers. This needs to be a vibrant area where you can find good jobs, affordable housing and a good place to meet friends for dinner.” 

 

There will be food, drinks, live music and fun interactive areas to give ideas on how the area can evolve and improve. It’s one of the first areas the County is looking at investing in as part of the new Southwest Manatee district.

 

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