The Pasco Economic Development 31st Annual Awards and Trade Show will honor local businesses on Aug. 31 beginning at 5 p.m., at Saddlebrook Resort & Spa, at 5700 Saddlebrook Way in Wesley Chapel.
The event will have a new format, with a shortened awards ceremony, a brief report on Pasco County’s economic development progress, and a trade show.
Instead of a sit-down dinner, there will be a variety of hors d’oeuvres.
Another change this year is the introduction of the Pasco EDC Leadership Award, which celebrates a person in economic development who has had a remarkable impact on Pasco County and the community. The inaugural award goes to the late Don Porter, who is being recognized for his vision in helping to shape the Wiregrass area into a community where people work, live and play.
The other awards being bestowed recognize top companies in Pasco that excel in technology, innovation job creation, growth, capital investment and community development.
This year 24 nominees were singled out for their contributions to the business community.
Nominees received scores based on company growth, leadership in current business issues, and corporate citizenship.
Awards are given in the following categories: small (1-20 employees); medium (21-100 employees); large (101 or more employees); and startup/new within past 24 months.
In alphabetical order, the nominees are:
II-VI Optical Systems
Academy at the Lakes Inc.
Avalon Park West
Complete I.T./Gear Spinners LLC
Express Employment Professionals
FACTS Engineering LLC
Florida Hospital Center Ice
Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco County Inc.
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Suncoast Parkway
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
North Tampa Behavioral Health
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
R.J. Kielty Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
RP & G Printing
SouthEast Personnel Leasing Inc.
Synergy Ad Specialties Inc.
Tampa Premium Outlets
TRU Simulation + Training Inc.
Viktoria Richards Chocolate
For information, visit PascoEDC.com.
Published August 30, 2017