IMG Academies to add 65 employees

BRADENTON - IMG Academies plans to add 65 employees over the next three years with the help of local incentives approved today by the Manatee Board of County Commissioners, according to Eric Basinger, executive director of the Manatee Economic Development Council.

IMG Academies - a multi-sport training facility for athletic, academic and personal development - will need the additional employees to staff new programs, including the IMG Madden Football Academy, IMG Lacrosse Academy and additional upcoming programs. IMG also plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot dormitory in 2012, with a total of $25 million in capital investments on the campus in the next five years, according to Chip McCarthy, director of finance, planning and development at IMG Academies.

"To continue serving as a world leader in athletic, academic and personal development, we needed to strategically expand and enhance our facilities and programs, while providing employees to staff new initiatives," McCarthy said. "This grant not only helps our growth and assists our efforts to provide a significant economic impact, but confirms that Manatee County fully supports its valued businesses and wants to ensure a bright future for the county's economy and workforce."