Business Digest 12/11/2019

TIA gets federal funding
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has announced that the federal Department of Transportation will award $32.9 million in airport infrastructure grants in Florida, including $6 million for Tampa International Airport, according to a news release. The funding for TIA is for airport terminal building improvements.

Sponsors sought for luncheon
The Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., will present Robert “Tim” McGee at its annual economic luncheon, which is planned for Jan. 31.

McGee is the director of macro strategy and research for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. The event is planned for Hyatt Place Tampa/Wesley Chapel.

A variety of sponsorships are available. For more information, email .

County clerk gets redesigned website
Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller Nikki Alvarez-Sowles has announced the redesign of her office’s website,

“Everyone involved in developing the new site has had one question foremost in their minds,” Alvarez-Sowles said, in a release. “Will this change help us serve and connect with our customers and our partners?

“I am confident the new, improved delivers on that focus.”

The redesigned website will be easier to use, allow for greater user interaction, and will feature enhancements, such as a prominent search function, video, easy access to documents, streamlined directions for online access to a variety of functions, and real-time updates for news and social media posts, the release says.

CareerSource information sessions
CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) will host a series of Summer Job Connection Employer Table Talks for Hillsborough County businesses. The table talks will give employers information on how to participate in the Summer Job Connection 2020 program, which will begin accepting applications on Jan. 6.
These sessions are scheduled in North Tampa:

  • Dec. 16, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., at 9215 N. Florida Ave., in Tampa
  • Dec. 19, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., 9215 N Florida Ave., in Tampa

Employers are invited to learn about Summer Job Connection Program, and how employers play a vital role in building the future talent pipeline for youth ages 16 to 24.
“This program would not be able to succeed without our business engagement,” Jennifer Wilson, Summer Job Connection coordinator, said in a news release. “Our business community has been key to our success by meeting businesses’ short-term workforce needs, improving our regional talent pipelines and expanding workplace learning opportunities through our paid work experience model.”

Dade City business breakfast
The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce’s business breakfast will be on Dec. 17 from 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., at the Dade City Heritage & Cultural Museum, 14206 U.S. 98 Bypass in Dade City. Call the chamber for more information at (352) 567-3769.

Risk Management
This free session, which is part of the Entrepreneur Education Series, will focus on avoiding, reducing and insuring against threats to your business’ potential success. The session is set for Dec. 18 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the SMARTstart West Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey. The class is on the first floor. To register, visit, and click on the December events tab.

Greater Pasco meeting
The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast is set for Dec. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., at Seven Springs Golf Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., in Trinity. To register, visit, and click on the Events page for December. For more information, call (727) 842-7651.

Coffee First
Sip a cup of coffee and do some networking on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 8 a.m., at the First National Bank of Pasco, 23613 State Road 54 in Lutz. The event is hosted by the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with First National Bank of Tampa. Enjoy a free cup of coffee and stay for the great company and conversation.

Blanket Drive
The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce is helping to spread the word about Blanket Tampa Bay, a 501c3 charitable nonprofit, that is collecting blankets for the homeless and less fortunate. It has a goal of collecting 2,000 clean, new or gently used blankets. Visit for more information. The blankets will be distributed on Christmas Eve at both locations of Trinity Café. For pickup, call (813) 300-9277.


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