Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - September 23, 2014
September 23, 2014 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #17

Grant Agreements with Florida Sports Foundation


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Elliott Falcione, Executive Director, CVB  x5913 (Presenter)

Monica Luff, Sr. Admin Spec, CVB x5913 (Contact)

Action Requested

Authorization for CVB Director to execute two (2) Grant Agreements with Florida Sports Foundation.

Enabling/Regulating Authority


Background Discussion
  • The Florida Sports Foundation has awarded the Bradenton Area Sports Commission (a division of the Bradenton Area CVB) with a $25,000 grant for the Development Academy Winter Showcase & Nike Friendlies (US Soccer) to be held at Premier Sports Campus on November 28 - December 3, 2014, and a grant for $15,000 for the Super Y League North American Finals (USL Soccer) to be held at IMG Academy on December 5 - 9, 2014.  The monies will offset facility expenses needed to generate events of this magnitude:  US Soccer event will generate 9,000 room nights and $5M economic impact; USL Soccer will generate 7,500 room nights and $4.5M economic impact.
  • The Florida Sports Foundation assists Florida sports commissions with grant monies to secure events that would otherwise be held in other states.
  • The US Soccer Tournament has been held in Lakewood Ranch for the past 5 years and for 2 consecutive years we have received this State grant.
  • USL Soccer has been held for past 5 years at IMG Academy and has grown larger since the new stadium was built at IMG.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please send the original, executed agreements and a copy of the approved agenda memo to Monica Luff (monica.luff@mymanatee.org), Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Grant Approval Letter.pdf
Attachment:  FSF Grant Agreement - US Soccer.pdf
Attachment:  FSF Grant Agreement - USL Soccer.pdf