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Bradenton downtown ranked Top 10 in South

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Thousands of people jammed Bradenton Riverwalk for the opening ceremonies. (October 18 , 2012 Herald-Tribune Staff Photo by Thomas Bender)

Citing the recently renovated Riverwalk, the new Manatee Performing Arts Center and the city's "eclectic mix of arts, culture and heritage," Southern Business & Development magazine has spotlighted Bradenton in its feature on "Ten Wonderful Small Town Central Business Districts in the South."

SB&D, an influential economic development publication devoted to the South, also noted Bradenton is "nicknamed the 'Friendly City' for good reason" and "welcomes its guests with the charm of a laid-back coastal town."

"Certainly high quality events, like the Bradenton Blues Festival adds to this distinction," Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, said of the music festival scheduled to return to Riverwalk Dec. 7 with Shemekia Copeland headlining.

Stuart, in Martin County on the East Coast, is the only other Florida city mentioned in the article.

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