Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - December 10, 2019
December 10, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #68

Inclusive Manatee Agreement for Nonprofit Agency Services with CareerSource Suncoast for Recruitment, Job Readiness, Internship, and Job Placement Services


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Geri Lopez, Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Director, ext. 3937, geri.lopez@mymanatee.org

Action Requested

Approval and authorization for the County Administrator, or designee, to execute a three-year agreement with CareerSource Suncoast, a nonprofit agency, to provide recruitment, job readiness, internship, and job placement services for a pilot program to be conducted in the Samoset neighborhood.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

F.S. 125.045 County economic development powers

Ordinance 14-28 Southwest County Improvement District

Manatee County Southwest District Strategic Plan

Background Discussion

On June 3, 2014, the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) adopted Ordinance No. 14-28 establishing the Southwest County Improvement District.  It also authorized the use of tax increment financing (TIF) revenues for implementing redevelopment activities over a thirty-year period.

On January 15, 2019, the BCC adopted the Southwest District Strategic Plan which outlines goals, a funding approach, and framework to implement strategies and align the budget with programs and projects.

The plan includes goals to enhance economic opportunities that grow quality jobs for all residents, including workforce training and increasing educational attainment using strategies guided by the principles of innovation and inclusivity.

On October 8, 2019, the BCC received a presentation by Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity (REO) staff on the Inclusive Manatee Pilot Program, a three-year strategy to increase employment in the Southwest District’s Samoset community by connecting eligible residents to good jobs and assisting in the elimination of barriers to employment.  The presentation included baseline data and information to measure the performance and success of its activities.

On November 19, 2019, the BCC received a presentation, State of the District, by REO staff providing an update on economic development activities in the County’s Southwest District.  The update included the intention to contract with CareerSource Suncoast to provide Recruitment, Job Readiness, Internship, and Job Placement services.

As a follow up to the State of the District presentation, staff recommends approval of the 3-year agreement.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Copy of approved agreement to Geri Lopez, Director, Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department, geri.lopez@mymanatee.org.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
8230020603 SWTIF Economic Development

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
$90,000 36 months

Attachment:  Agreement with CareerSource Suncoast.pdf