#MillennialCon 2016 – Millennials Gather to Discuss Future of Manatee County

The goal of the first annual MillennialCon was to get feedback and get area millennials invested in shaping the future of their community.


Manatee Millennial Movement – Millennial Con

By Millennials – For Millennials – 4Progress! 

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Our coverage of this event got the attention of ABC Action News in Tampa. Learn more

Watch the video from the event.

The goal of Millennial Con is to actively engage young professionals in the area, to empower them as well as give them the tools to voice their opinions which will allow them to shape and become invested in their communities.

We want our local decision makers and leaders to stop talking ABOUT us and to start talking TO us. And it all begins with Millennial Con!

This isn’t going to be your ordinary conference (After all – Millennials are planning it!) But what you can be sure of is that you will walk away knowing how to empower your neighborhood, with new friends, and great memories of the first ever Millennial Con #4progress!

What does Registration Cover?

Normally, conferences cost hundreds of dollars to attend. But since this isn’t your ordinary conference and because this con is for millennials, by millennials the cost is just $30 (Innovator Rate until Feb. 29). What does your $35 buy?

Registration Cost Breakdown

$0 Cosmic Shuffleboard event – Free entry (Vendors will have food and drinks available for purchase)

$35 – Conference Day. $35 includes a hot buffet styled breakfast, snacks, coffee & water, swag bag (bag of goodies), T-Shirt. Lunch is on your own. But, rest assured, there will be delicious lunch options available for purchase thanks to Milan Catering.

$0 – Yoga & Mimosas Social event – Free entry (AMI Beach Cafe will have food and drinks available for purchase)

$2.92 Eventbrite registration fee

$37.92 Grand Total @ Popular Rate Pricing

Conference Schedule

April 1 – Cosmic Shuffleboard with Realize Bradenton – Fun, Music, Food, Social

Location: 1525 Ballard Park Dr; Bradenton, FL 34205

As part of the Pop-Ups for a Purpose series, Realize Bradenton invites conference attendees to join the Shuffleboard PopUp Party on Friday April 1, from 6:00-9:00PM at the Bradenton Shuffleboard Courts (1525 Ballard Park Dr; Bradenton, FL 34205).  The downtown pop-up event will temporarily transform the shuffleboard courts into a place to play featuring food, music, dancing, libations, shuffleboard lessons, an outdoor lounge and fun ways to connect with friends.

If you’re interested in attending this separate event, please fill out this Google Form:

April 2 – Millennial Con @ the Bradenton Area Convention Center

Location: 1 Haben Blvd Palmetto, FL 34221

We have many action labs (sessions) or TED-styled talks that are geared to young professionals. Breakfast starts at 9 a.m., and the Con begins at 10 a.m.

Meet & Greet with Your Manatee County Commissioners- Have a quick Q&A session with your elected officials.

Place Matters, Life Adapts, Interactions happen, Everything Changes – At the South Florida Museum, we describe the natural world through four simple ideas: Place matters, Life adapts,Interactions happen, and everything Changes, or PLIC, for short. PLIC is a useful model for analyzing the complexities of planets, ecosystems, and even communities. In this talk, we’ll present the PLIC model as a way of thinking about change in Manatee County.

Entrepreneurship – Going from startup to business success is a rocky road filled with land mines. Come join us and hear about the common pitfalls of a startup from UTC Venture Group CEO Keith Pandeloglou.

Living Green & Lean- Learn what you can do to live green as well as what Manatee County and Willis Smith Construction green goals are.

Financial Stability – Got debt? No credit? Bad credit? Learn how to get onto the path of financial stability to obtain big ticket purchase items such as a home or car.

Creating an Internship Program @ Your Job – This presentation is designed to help employees and employers understand how a strong internship program is critical to growing their businesses.

Networking WORKS! Building Relationships – BuildingBusiness- Professional networking is essential in today’s business environment. Networking Works! will help you develop a strategic process for building your personal and professional referral network. If you’re building relationships, you’re building business.

Barriers to Millennial Housing Dialogue Session – Conference attendees will be able to ask questions on how to advocate for affordable housing accomodations as well as hear from key players on what’s occuring in Manatee County.

How to Take Ownership in Your Community and Be Your Own Advocate- The fact is that our county is changing and it’s up to us – the next generation – to help shape its future by being involved in the community and government processes NOW rather than later. This lab will show you the way to do just that.

In addition to all of these sessions, there will be a tech bar area for you to spruce up your resume on Surface Pros, network, have fun, and relax.

April 3 – Yoga & Mimosas – Networking event

Location: Manatee Beach

Get your fitness on and afterwards network with your fellow participants over food and drinks. Make sure to bring your yoga mat, beach chairs and umbrellas to soak up some sun. Don’t want to do yoga? No problem, come on out for the fun.

If you’re interested in attending this event, please fill out this Google Form:

Additional Conference Questions

Registration: Contact Robert Barto, or 941.749.3029 x3663

Sponsorship: Contact Anisley Mena, or 941.749.3029 x6929

Volunteers: Contact Ogden Clark, or 941.749.3029 x6236

Vendor Booth: Contact Geoff Silpa,  941.748.4501 x4035

Promotions: Contact Simone Peterson, 941.749.3029 x6818