Business Briefs: Business magazine names Bradenton a top 10 city

May 17, 2013 

Bradenton a top 10 small city

BRADENTON -- A business magazine that bills itself as a source for companies looking to relocate considers Bradenton to have one of American's best small-city downtowns.

Southern Business & Development, a magazine that focuses on economic development in the South, based its picks on towns with vibrant downtown areas.

"Nothing tops off a suitable small-town location more than a great downtown," according to the magazine.

Bradenton was praised as "a bustling area with an eclectic mix of arts, culture and heritage."

The magazine cited the city's Riverwalk and its creative arts scene "with the Manatee Players, a national, award-winning theatrical group, leading the way."

"The small-town city, with a population of just 50,000, welcomes its guests with the charm of a laid-back coastal town," the magazine wrote.

In listing the 10 cities it loves, the magazine wrote: "Nothing tops off a suitable small-town location more than a great downtown."

Texas Roadhouse set to open in Lakewood Ranch

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Before Texas Roadhouse officially opens in Lakewood Ranch, it will roll out the carpet for several local organizations.

Next week, as the restaurant trains new cooks, meat cutters and other kitchen team members, local police and firefighters will be the first to try the restaurant's legendary hand-cut steaks, fall-off-the-bone ribs and made-from-scratch sides.

On Friday and Saturday, the restaurant will host invitation-only pre-opening events and raise money for American Cancer Society and the Lakewood Ranch YMCA.

The restaurant officially opens the doors at 5710 Ranch Lake Blvd, on May 27 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The restaurant brings 200 new jobs to this community.

Chamber communications director resigns

BRADENTON --Karen Jones has resigned from her position as communications director of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, effective Friday.

Jones has worked with the chamber for nearly nine years, and her roles included overseeing the monthly Current magazine. She has accepted a position with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office starting next week.

American Airline to favor passengers traveling light

FORT WORTH, Texas -- In a quest to speed up the boarding process, American Airlines is letting passengers board sooner if they travel lightly.

The airline said Thursday that people carrying just a personal item that fits under the seat -- no rolling suitcases -- will be allowed to board before most other passengers.

American said that the change will allow flights to take off sooner, helping the airline improve its on-time performance.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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