Building a foundation for economic growth

Bill Cronin, the president/CEO of Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., has no shortage of ideas when it comes to pursuing ways to strengthen Pasco County’s economy. He shared a few of those thoughts during a recent interview with The Laker/Lutz News. Cronin is entering his third year at the helm of the Pasco EDC, and recently was named the Florida Director of the Southern Economic … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek plaza still expanding

The pace of development at Cypress Creek Town Center is picking up, with new shops and restaurants under construction at two sites within the town center. Most of the action is taking place along Sierra Center Boulevard, a main artery that cuts through the town center, which is located at State Road 56 and Grand Cypress Drive. Two new shopping strips, each fronting Sierra Center Boulevard, will … [Read more...]

Specialty grocers sprouting up in Pasco

A national trend for smaller, specialty grocery stores is taking hold in Pasco County. Within the next year, Earth Fare, Sprouts Farmers Market, and possibly Lucky’s Market will open grocery stores that specialize in natural, organic and fresh foods. Aldi is planning to open its no-frills, discount grocery stores in Zephyrhills and New Port Richey in 2019. Also, a new store is coming to the … [Read more...]

Forensics research center expected to break new ground

Construction is now underway in Land O’ Lakes on a forensics and training facility that will offer a collaborative resource for universities, forensic scientists and law enforcement. Ground was broken during a Sept. 19 ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics, or F.I.R.S.T for short. The complex will be next to the Adam Kennedy … [Read more...]

New forensics research center expected to boost local economy

Officials are expected to gather together this week to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics in Land O’ Lakes. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is predicting that beyond its other benefits, the new forensics center also will be an economic driver — having wide-ranging impacts on the county as whole, and Land O’ Lakes, in … [Read more...]

Pasco EDC presents annual awards

Hundreds attended the Pasco Economic Development Council’s 32nd annual Awards and Trade Show on Sept. 6, where Jay B. Starkey Jr., was honored and awards were bestowed in various categories. Nominees were scored based on company growth, leadership in current business issues, and corporate citizenship, according to a Pasco EDC news release. "All 15 Award Finalists made great investments … [Read more...]

Local business, organizations raise awareness on sex trafficking

In the ongoing fight against human trafficking, several local businesses and organizations have stepped up to raise awareness on the issue. Fifteen groups, mostly in Pasco County, have been declared “Trafficking Free Zones,” by the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, a nonprofit group based in Tampa: Magnolia Plastic Surgery Center NOW SC Press Design & Construction … [Read more...]

Finalists named for annual industry awards

Pasco Economic Development Council announced its selection of 15 finalists for the 32nd Annual Awards and Trade Show, according to a news release from the Pasco EDC. The event will be on Sept. 6 at Saddlebrook Resort and Spa, 5700 Saddlebrook Way in Wesley Chapel. Festivities will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the award announcements from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. A dinner and … [Read more...]

Plans call for aquatics center in Land O’ Lakes

Conceptual drawings have been done for the Christopher N. Chiles Aquatic Center in Land O’ Lakes that could become a magnet for swimming tournaments, and would provide a wide range of services for swimmers of all ages and abilities. It would cost about $8 million for the facility, without a complete roof system, said Scott Sutek, executive director for the envisioned aquatic center. Backers … [Read more...]

Welbilt will expand and add 110 jobs in Pasco

Welbilt, a global manufacturer of commercial restaurant equipment, plans to expand its facility in Pasco County, and hire about 110 new employees. Company officials announced the expansion Feb. 20 at the Pasco County Commission meeting in New Port Richey. The outcome could have been different as company officials had looked elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area for a suitable location. … [Read more...]