CareerEdge Funders Collaborative Strengthens Employer-Focused Model

SARASOTA, FL, March 20, 2018

In pursuit of its strategic plan to grow programmatic infrastructure, strong partnerships and funding support, CareerEdge Funders Collaborative will partner with the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. The change comes in response to continued growth, which requires a sharper focus on economic and talent development for the region.

As part of the transition, CareerEdge will move its operational functions by early summer from United Way Suncoast, its home for the past two years, to the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. This operational transition provides closer alignment to employers, enabling CareerEdge to support the workforce needs of local companies. Gulf Coast Community Foundation will continue in its role as fiscal agent, which it has done since the inception of CareerEdge in 2010. In addition, CareerEdge is pursuing incorporation as a 501c3 to grow new avenues of revenue.

“A fundamental part of the CareerEdge model is for the organization to evolve with the needs of the communities served, and to build capacity and partnerships with organizations which can enhance the CareerEdge impact,” said Mireya Eavey. “CareerEdge came under United Way Suncoast to better align with direct community service and engagement. “

Mireya Eavey will has resigned as Sarasota Area President for United Way Suncoast to become the Chief Workforce Strategist at the Chamber. In this role, she will continue to lead CareerEdge’s mission to provide an exceptional labor force to the region’s growing industries.

CareerEdge will continue to support and engage in collaborative efforts with the United Way Suncoast financial stability initiatives.

“Partnering with CareerEdge on workforce initiatives in our neighborhood work across the region has been a powerful addition to our financial stability work, particularly in Sarasota,” said Suzanne McCormick, CEO of United Way Suncoast. “We look forward to continuing to work together on initiatives that help our families and communities thrive.”

About CareerEdge Funders Collaborative

CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The first regional collaborative of workforce investors in the southeastern United States to be designated as a site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerEdge was created with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City of Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Bank of America, Bradenton 14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and Manatee Community Action Agency. It is also supported by contributions from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Microsoft, Sarasota County Government, Jane’s Trust, JP Morgan Chase, Scheidel Foundation, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and United Way Suncoast. For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit or call 941.328.6985.

About United Way Suncoast

United Way Suncoast serves the people of DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by operating and funding support services and initiatives to help create a stronger, more vibrant community. United Way Suncoast fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability. For more information visit To find Suncoast-area volunteer opportunities, visit