Try Transit Day, #iSeeManatee to highlight local government services

  • Apr 9, 2015

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April9, 2015) –Try Transit Day, the annual day to promote Manatee County Area Transit by offering free rides throughout the County, takes on extra significance this year: It’s one of the highlights of Manatee County’s National County Government Month celebration.


Try Transit Day, April 22, was approved unanimously by County Commissioners Tuesday. MCAT will offer free rides throughout the service day, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Throughout April, Manatee County will call special attention to community services that fit with this year’s them, "Counties Moving America Forward: The Keys are Transportation and Infrastructure."


A host of County services will also be on display at the April 17 #iSeeManatee event at Dolphin Aviation.


Try Transit is part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s awareness campaign to get commuters to consider alternative modes of transportation, especially for work commutes typically involving one vehicle transporting one person. Try Transit Day promotes public transportation and alternative travel modes that help improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion, promote physical fitness and reduce energy consumption.


“Most people go smoothly through their day without thinking about all of the ‘behind the scenes’ work performed by dedicated county employees who make it happen,” Community Services Director Brenda Rogers says. “We encourage everyone to participate in some of the events scheduled throughout the month of April as we celebrate National County government month.


County services and events are posted on the County Calendar online. Manatee Veterans Services division is hosting Friday workshops during April to promote benefits that U.S. armed forces members earned during service to their country. Each meeting begins at 9 a.m., and light refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m. The seminar schedule includes:


--      Veteran and Surviving Spousal Pensions: April 11, in the Fountain Room, 1002 Manatee Ave. W. – An overview of the benefit and entitlement requirements to obtain non-service-connected or survivor pensions, aid and attendance;


  --  Healthcare and Burial Benefits: April 18, in the Fountain Room, 1002 Manatee Ave. W. – a topical discussion on the VA healthcare system and healthcare benefits available to qualified veterans. Veterans Services officers will also discuss Sarasota National Cemetery and burial benefits;


--  Open Forum: April 25, Fountain Room, 1002 Manatee Ave. W. –  Veterans Services officers will discuss the G.I. Bill for post-9/11 veterans, as well as education benefits and VA home loans. 


Manatee County has been recognized with first-place finishes in three of the last four years for its County Government Month efforts by the National Association of Counties. Each year counties across the country celebrate National County Government Month to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government.


NCGM is an initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo). It is celebrated each April by the nation's counties to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. According to NACo, U.S. counties invest more than $100 billion each year in transportation, broadband services, water systems and public facilities. Counties run most of the nation's local jails and courthouses, own the largest share of America's road miles, and operate more than 900 public hospitals and countless parks, libraries, firehouses and 911 centers. County transportation and infrastructure are vital to boosting economic competitiveness, moving food efficiently and maintaining a strong national defense.


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