Manatee County is a destination for new businesses

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Posted: Saturday, June 7, 2014 5:35 pm

BRADENTON, Fla. - VizCo held its grand opening celebration over the weekend and opened its doors to the public for the first time since relocating to Bradenton.

“It is really home to us. We feel a strong connection to the community,” explained VizCo-US marketing coordinator, Eleni Sokos.

The company designed, produced and is selling a new self sufficient plant growing system called SimGar.

“The system works with a big reservoir of water in the bottom, that has a solar powered water pump that is going to circulate the water from the reservoir to the pots,” said Chief Operating Officer Gabriel Isaacs.

VizCo's founder and president chose to relocate and make Bradenton the business headquarters because he grew up here.

“So that opportunity, when that arose to invest in this economy here, Chris really capitalized on that opportunity,” said Sokos.

The company purchased a 25,000 square foot headquarters building located across the street from the DeSoto Square Mall. The building also serves as a showroom for the SimGar systems.

“Right now we are up to about 15 on staff and there are projections that by the end of this year that will probably be doubled and increasing into the future,” said Sokos.

Other companies and businesses are choosing to relocate and build in Manatee County as well. According to a recent report from the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, they've help ten companies relocate or expand in Manatee County in the last year that will help create nearly 340 new jobs in the area.

Businesses like Motorworks Brewing and the Darwin Brewing Company recently opened their doors in Manatee County and have invested nearly five million dollars into the local economy. The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation has even helped local companies expand in Manatee County. A new PDQ Restaurant will soon open its doors at Lena Road and Hwy 70.

Residential growth is also on the rise in Manatee County. According to David Gustafson, Director of the Downtown Development Authority, residential development in downtown Bradenton is a hot item. He says 600 plus, mixed use residential development called Riviera South Shore is planned for 20 acres on the Manatee River east of Manatee Memorial Hospital.

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