The Manatee Millennial Movement was formed in February, 2015. Millennial professionals, with the support of county administration, created the Manatee Millennial Movement (M3). The group’s first task was to identify barriers to the lack of affordable/workforce housing in Manatee County and to create a set of solutions to improve access and affordability of housing for young professionals. The second objective was to plan and host an impactful event, #iSeeManatee, integrating creative and interactive placemaking into a charrette that brought the needs of the community to the forefront. 

2016 Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award winner

Growing Opportunity (GO) Driver is a job-driven workforce development training program developed in response to a need for bus drivers by Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT). In partnership with CAT and the local community college, the City created GO Driver, a four-week program preparing low-income City residents for employment as bus drivers. The GO Driver pilot consisted of 80 hours of instruction on workplace and career readiness, customer service, and the commercial driver’s license. Twelve program participants completed the training and were offered employment. Eleven accepted employment and have been working at CAT for over a year making $15.18 per hour.

2016 Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award winner

Growing Opportunity (GO) Driver is a job-driven workforce development training program developed in response to a need for bus drivers by Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT). In partnership with CAT and the local community college, the City created GO Driver, a four-week program preparing low-income City residents for employment as bus drivers. The GO Driver pilot consisted of 80 hours of instruction on workplace and career readiness, customer service, and the commercial driver’s license. Twelve program participants completed the training and were offered employment. Eleven accepted employment and have been working at CAT for over a year making $15.18 per hour.

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