Matching up employer needs with workforce supply

The Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., has launched a three-year pilot program aimed at helping employers meet their workforce needs. While the program, called the Pasco Talent Pipeline, aims to help employers meet their needs for skilled workers — other desired outcomes will be to improve the prospects for job seekers in Pasco County and bolster the county’s economic development … [Read more...]

Project prompts school board to hire land use attorney

Project Arthur, a major development that’s been submitted to Pasco County for its review, has prompted Pasco County Schools to approve the use of a land use attorney on an as-needed basis. In seeking the approval, district documents describe Project Arthur as “a new and unique development, which is proposing to use charter schools as a way to mitigate for future student impacts.” Having that … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek Town Center wants more retail, residential

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a request that would allow an increase in commercial square footage and more multifamily units on 490 acres at the northwest and southwest quadrants of State Road 56 and Interstate 75. Planning commissioners joined with Pasco County’s planning staff in recommending approval of the request to modify the master-planned unit … [Read more...]

Carin Hetzler-Nettles named principal of the year

When Pasco County Schools opened Cypress Creek Middle High School, the challenges facing the new leader of that school weren’t the same kind faced by most principals of new schools. For one thing, the school was the first in the Pasco school district that would be for students in sixth through 11th grade, initially, with a senior class to be added the following year. For another, the school … [Read more...]

Pasco has new process for school choice program

Pasco County Schools adopted a new approach this year for its school choice program. Now, the district has separate time frames for submission of secondary and elementary school choice applications. Also, all school choice options including International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge, STEM, Collegiate High School and Wendell Krinn Technical High School have been combined into one time … [Read more...]

Sunlake senior wins countywide honor

Since she stepped foot upon Sunlake High School’s campus four years ago, Jillian Gordy has strived to make a difference within her school and community. She’s spearheaded new school traditions. She’s been involved in numerous clubs and service organizations. And, she’s managed to maintain a 4.0-plus grade point average. The 18-year-old’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. Last … [Read more...]

This crowd was bullish on East Pasco’s prospects

Speakers at the recent “Discover Dade City” symposium cast a spotlight on East Pasco’s development opportunities. The event, held in the conference center at the East Pasco campus of Pasco-Hernando State College, focused on ongoing projects, as well as those on the drawing board and future prospects. The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Greater Tampa … [Read more...]

International business increasing in Pasco

Pasco County has been making strides in the arena of international trade, and Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey provided a briefing on the topic at a recent North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce luncheon. In introducing Starkey, Hope Allen, president/CEO of the North Tampa Chamber said: “Kathryn Starkey is a huge advocate of Pasco County. “It’s wonderful that Pasco now has a seat … [Read more...]

Additional money sought for new library project

Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey is pushing Pasco County to increase funding for a new library, which is part of a collaborative project between the county and Pasco County Schools. The project is to be built in the Starkey Ranch development, located on the ranch formerly owned by Starkey’s family. The project includes a kindergarten through eighth grade school expected to open in … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills economic summit puts focus on education

Fostering educational opportunities in Pasco County was the primary focus of the second annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit. Doing that begins with beefing up the Pasco County school district’s career and technical education programs, said Kurt Browning, superintendent of Pasco County Schools. “We need to put our career academies on steroids,” said Browning, one of several guest speakers at the … [Read more...]