Manatee Millennials to host MCon2017 Millennial Conference in March

  • Feb 22, 2017

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Feb. 22, 2017) – Manatee County Government’s team of Millennial employees, the Manatee Millennial Movement (M3), announced plans today to host MCon2017 Millennial Conference, March 26 - April 1.

 The weeklong conference will be held at State College of Florida and will offer young professionals a chance to weigh in on topics important to them such as housing, networking, financial stability, entrepreneurship and how to take ownership in your community, among others.

MCon2017 will serve as a catalyst in connecting young professionals and college students to the local organizations that are trying to positively impact the future of Manatee County, said Ogden Clark, one of the event’s organizers.  M3 has spent the last two years informing local young professionals and college students about civic engagement opportunities, focusing on affordable housing, leadership roles and overcoming millennial apathy. MCon2017 is the follow up to last year’s #4Progress Millennial Conference and the 2015 #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. “We also hope to highlight some of the great activities, spots and groups that exist in our community.’”  
“We’ve had an extremely positive response from our past events, but it is vital to keep the discussion going. Momentum continues to build,” said Robert Barto, event co-organizer.  “We are taking community feedback and engaging across all generations to make this the best MCON yet.”
Registration for the conference is free and available online:
The conference schedule goes as follows:
Sunday, March 26 (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.) - Cyclovia Bradenton
Location:  State College of Florida- 5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207
This event will close 57th Ave West between 26th Street West and 34th Street West near SCF to cars but will be open for people to bike, skate, scooter, walk, or dance. A bicycle route around the campus will be marked off and the event is completely free and open to the public. 
What to Expect: Bike Rodeo, Zumba, Bike Path,
Refreshments available for purchase and more.
Thursday, March 30 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) – Mcon 2017
Location: State College of Florida Gymnasium, 5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207
FREE event at SCF - State College of Florida focused on giving Young Professionals and Millennials a voice within their local government. Presentation Topics include: Internships, How gov’t works, Adulting 101, sustainability, HR trends, How to get involved in the community, taking care of the mind, body & soul, and more. A final schedule of sessions and workshops will be sent out to registries before the conference.
Thursday, March 30
  (5 - 7 p.m.) – Sip and Social sponsored by Manatee Young Professionals
Location: Darwin’s Brewing Co, 803 17th Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Mix and mingle with Young Professionals in a fun, laid back atmosphere. Guests will have the chance to enjoy this craft brewery and learn more about becoming a member of the Manatee Chamber’s Manatee Young Professionals group.
Friday, March 31 (6 -- 8 p.m.) - Realize Bradenton’s Music in the Park
Location: Riverwalk Amphitheater along the Manatee River near downtown Bradenton
The band Seranation  will be playing at this event put on by Realize Bradenton and is a favorite of local music fans.
Saturday April 1 (9 a.m. to noon) – Mcon2017 Day of Service
Location: Lincoln Middle School, 305 17th St E, Palmetto, FL 34221
Applied, hands-on learning is prevalent at Lincoln Middle School with opportunities to learn about urban gardening, hydroponics, earth boxes, healthy eating, tools, seeds, livestock, and more. The urban farm and FFA fight hunger and ensure learning by engaging the children in work on the farm and other community impact initiatives. By supporting the urban farm, Millennials will be supporting the Lincoln Middle School's students' overall education as applied learning and access to healthy food are directly linked to brain development.

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