MANATEE -- A ground-breaking event celebrating a new corporate campus for Goodwill Industries Manasota Inc. will take place Nov. 12, officials said Friday.
The ceremony is set for 4 p.m. at the site of the more than $10 million facility, at 2701 51st Ave E. About 200 dignitaries have been invited to attend, said Veronica Brandon Miller, vice president of Goodwill Manasota. "We're very excited about the ground-breaking because it'll be the beginning of our corporate campus, and it'll be a retail store and a donation center, and also will be an international training center," Miller said.
Plans call for a 69,605-square-foot building. Construction began about a month ago and is expected to be completed in late 2014, Miller said.
Manatee County Commissioner Larry Bustle has been asked to speak at the event. Manatee Technical Institute will provide refreshments, and the Braden River High School band will entertain guests, Miller said.
"The real focus of the ground-breaking is going to be the incredible resource we'll have in that location for the area," said Goodwill President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Rosinsky.
"We'll have an international training center for people from other Goodwills from all over North America; we will also have a comprehensive training program for all our employees, and for those who come to us for services."
Goodwill has expanded over the past 16 or 17 years, and its new facility will complement and bolster that growth, he said.
The project is expected to create about 60 new jobs, conservatively, over five years.
"We just feel the synergy of bringing everybody together, creating community space and creating a resource of nonprofits and other Goodwills from around North America," he said.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.