By Kyle LoJacono
Zephyrhills business leaders have postponed a summit meant to shape the economic future of the East Pasco County community.
The decision to push the meeting to July 11 will allow the Economic Development Task Force, which includes representatives from Main Street Zephyrhills, the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and business owners, along with city Mayor Steve Van Gorden, to consider the options.
Vonnie Mikkelsen, chamber executive director, said her organization wanted extra time because of the long-lasting impact the committee will have on the economic vitality of Zephyrhills.
“It is a significant move for all parties concerned, and as stewards of the organization, the board of directors is responsible for ensuring a deliverable product backed by necessary resources,” Mikkelsen said.
The topics up for discussion will be the same as what was planned for the original meeting, one of which is the possibility of creating a private-public partnership under the guidance of the chamber with the goal of pursuing economic development opportunities.
Another major subject is how the city’s airport can help create more economic opportunities, such as attracting flights from corporate jets, as companies look to tap into an expanding market to the west in Wesley Chapel.
The third highlight is boosting Zephyrhills’ industrial corridor by increasing train traffic. Another option is expanding city roadways to help become a hub for business.
Mikkelsen said the exact time and location for the summit are not set. For more information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913 or visit zephyrhillschamber.org.