Zephyrhills plans for future industrial hub

The City of Zephyrhills is developing a master plan aimed at increasing high-wage industrial jobs and boosting the region’s economy. Called the Zephyrhills Industrial Corridor Plan, it focuses on a large grouping of industrial properties and adjacent areas within the Chancey Road corridor, near the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The proposed master plan industrial project is long-range … [Read more...]

First female pilot earns private license in PHSC program

The first time she steered a plane, Vanessa Baker was hooked. It was that moment, on an introductory discovery flight, that she knew piloting was the career for her. “The second you do it, you fall in love,” Baker said. “It was kind of like an addiction after, like you do it and once you’re like, ‘This is awesome! I want to do this again!’” Baker, 24, is the first — and currently the … [Read more...]

Local businesses are ‘companies to watch’

Three local businesses will be honored on Nov. 3 as being among 50 “companies to watch” in Florida. Gator Cleaning Solutions, RISA and X-Link Medical Software Interfacing will receive their awards at a celebration at Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk, in Orlando. These companies were selected from 500 nominees in the annual Florida Companies to Watch annual awards program. The … [Read more...]

Swiss manufacturer will relocate, bring 500 jobs to Pasco

Mettler Toledo plans to build a new, 250,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Lutz that will bring as many as 500 jobs to Pasco County. The company will hire 185 new employees and transfer another 320 jobs from operations in Ithaca, New York, and from 6005 Benjamin Road, in the Town ‘N Country area of Hillsborough County. The announcement was made at an Aug. 23 press conference at the … [Read more...]

More mortgage-free homes for veterans coming in 2015

Building Homes for Heroes is using a $2 million grant through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to help build or modify homes in the state for injured veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Florida is becoming the most military-friendly state in the nation, and our partnership with Building Homes for Heroes is a fantastic opportunity … [Read more...]

Governor asks businesses to hire a veteran

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and CareerSource Florida is encouraging businesses to hire a veteran throughout November, following a proclamation by Gov. Rick Scott. The proclamation encourages businesses and community leaders to recognize the value of hiring veterans in November for their competent skills, education, leadership, maturity and dedication learned during military … [Read more...]

Florida continues to add to open job listings

A growing national economy continues to trickle down to the state level as the number of job openings in Florida grew nearly 5 percent in August. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity says 11,899 more job openings were reported in the state last month, up 4.6 percent from July. That brings the total number of seasonally adjusted job openings to a little more than 273,000, which … [Read more...]

Mortgage company closes doors in Wesley Chapel

A corporate decision to leave the mortgage services business has put 10 people out of a job in Wesley Chapel. Springleaf Financial has filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, saying it plans to cut those jobs beginning in October. The office, according to the notice, is located at 2533 Windguard Circle, Unit 101, in … [Read more...]