Loan program aims to attract Pasco jobs

Pasco County has earmarked $15 million for a revolving loan program ultimately aimed at creating more jobs. The program seeks to encourage investors to prepare sites for development, or build shell buildings for office or industrial use, thus speeding the process for companies that want to set up shop in Pasco County. The deadline for applications for this new loan program is Nov. 13. The … [Read more...]

Industry of the year winners announced

The Laker/Lutz News is among those honored More than 600 people gathered at Wesley Chapel’s Saddlebrook Resort at the Pasco Economic Development Council’s 29th annual Banquet and Industry of the Year Awards. The Sept. 3 event attracted a who’s who in Pasco County, including movers and shakers in government and industry, as well as leaders of community organizations. Awards were presented … [Read more...]

Retail jobs on the rise

But more jobs are needed to diversify Pasco’s economy Heading south on Interstate 275 into Tampa, and points beyond, cars stack up and slow to a crawl as commuters in the morning rush hour out of Pasco County’s bedroom communities hit the brakes. Motorists going north, mostly zip along at a steady clip. In the afternoon the traffic flow reverses. It’s all about where the jobs are and … [Read more...]

New PHSC president drafts game plan for success

As a very young boy, Tim Beard would walk a mile each way to buy a newspaper at the store so he could devour stories about his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. He admired such players as Lou Brock, Joe Torre and Bob Gibson — and delighted in reading about their pursuits. He recalled that he was only 5 or 6 years old when he was making those treks to the store. Literacy and athletics were … [Read more...]

BizWalks survey highlights Zephryhills’ market power

As community leaders talked recently with business owners about their job needs, it became clear that many were looking to hire military veterans. But they didn’t know how to get the word out. That disconnect became the first challenge identified in the inaugural BizWalks 2014-15 report, a survey sponsored by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and the Pasco Economic Development … [Read more...]

Pace picks up for construction in southern Pasco

Commercial and residential developments are popping up at the Suncoast Parkway interchange and along State Road 54/State Road 56 corridor at an ever-quickening pace. There’s so much happening that it’s difficult to keep up with what’s under construction, what’s on the drawing board and what’s moving toward final sale. To help sort things out, the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., … [Read more...]

Pasco attracts company through incentives

The Pasco County Commission approved an $85,000 incentive to a Land O’ Lakes company that plans to create 17 jobs, with an average wage exceeding $107,000. The company Retail Process Engineering LLC operates at 20537 Amberfield Drive in Land O’ Lakes. It offers a range of strategic, functional and technical retail supply chain consulting focused exclusively on retail. The company, which … [Read more...]

Penny for Pasco funds to help spur local economy

The Pasco County Commission soon will be deciding how to allocate funds from Penny for Pasco proceeds to create jobs and spur the county’s economy. Before they can do that, though, they must adopt a resolution that establishes how funds from the Penny for Pasco Jobs and Economic Trust Fund will be allocated. The resolution will define eligible applicants, such as Pasco County, the Pasco … [Read more...]

Both want jobs, but disagree on how to get them

One of the biggest challenges facing the Pasco County Commission in recent years is how to create more jobs here, and not force nearly half the population to travel elsewhere to find work. It’s likely a problem that won’t be fixed over the next four years, but that hasn’t stopped the two candidates looking for a seat on the commission to share their ideas on how it might happen. They are just … [Read more...]

Last-minute agreement makes long-awaited gas tax reality

If Congress is any indication, it’s rare to see Democrats and Republicans agreeing on very much, if anything, these days. But when it comes to increasing the Pasco County tax on gas sales, local leaders from both parties agreed: They didn’t want it. Yet, it would be an agreement of a different sort that won the day last week, when Pasco County commissioners finally found that fourth vote … [Read more...]