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Downtown Bradenton Market Analysis and Business Development Strategy

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Conducted: Fall 2019 – December 2020

Conducted by: Community Land Use + Economics Group (CLUE Group)

Coordinated by: Realize Bradenton, in partnership with the City of Bradenton and the Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Funded by: Knight Donor Advised Fund at the Manatee Community Foundation

Purpose: to conduct a retail market analysis for downtown Bradenton and to recommend strategies for strengthening the district’s retail/commercial composition, with particular attention on cultivating young entrepreneurial talent.

Old Manatee A to Z Coloring Contest

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For children ages 10 and under. Deadline to submit: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

First place winners in each age group will receive a Family Membership to the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature.
Second place winners in each age group will receive a $10 gift card to Corwin’s Ice Cream and Smoothies.

Step 1

Select, download, and print your favorite page from Old Manatee A to Z.

Step 2

Color your page and add your initials and age to the bottom.

Step 3

Submit your completed page either with this link or by dropping it off at ArtCenter Manatee (MFS 9-5, TWTh 9-6. Closed Sunday) by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 26, 2021.

Coloring pages will be displayed in the Realize Bradenton windows (1015 Manatee Avenue West).
Just for fun, if you’d like to also share your artwork online, post it on social media along with #coloroldmanatee for the chance to be featured on Realize Bradenton’s channels.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 via, Realize Bradenton Facebook, and ArtCenter Manatee Facebook.

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Realize Bradenton brings people together for shared experiences. 

In addition to in-person events, we strive to inform and inspire our communities with stories that help us stay engaged and optimistic. We believe that optimism creates bridges and widens our lens of what is possible.

The “Some Good News” articles, photos, and videos will offer stories that are forward-looking and solutions-focused.

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Downtown Bradenton & Riverwalk Map

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The City of Bradenton is proud of its inclusive and collaborative public art system that engages people who live, work, and play in Bradenton to participate in the artist selection process.

Since 2012, the downtown Bradenton public art collection has increased from seven pieces of art to over 60 works of art for the community to enjoy. The diverse collection includes a variety of artists, styles and mediums.

The downtown collection includes the ‘Postcards from the Friendly City,’ murals, sculpture, and functional art. Below is a sample of the collection. To view the entire public art collection, go to



Realize Bradenton collaborates with the City of Bradenton and an array of partners to support the ideal that “Downtown is Everyone’s Neighborhood.” By bringing people together for shared experiences, we offer initiatives in Business Development, Community Placemaking, Wellness and Nutrition, and Development of Young Leaders.

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Official news releases of Realize Bradenton. If you would like more information about an event or story that you have seen on our website or social media, a photo, or would like to request an interview with someone from Realize Bradenton, please contact us. We typically respond within a business day.

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