Pasco EDC to Honor Jay B. Starkey Jr. as 2018 Leadership Award Winner

September 5, 2018

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Starkey’s leadership through education, land preservation and music will last for generations in Pasco County and the State of Florida.

PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (September 5, 2018) —  The Pasco EDC Leadership Award celebrates a person in Economic Development, who has had a remarkable impact on Pasco County and our community. Starkey’s leadership through education, land preservation and music will last for generations in Pasco County and the State of Florida. Starkey will be honored tomorrow, September 6, at the Pasco EDC 32nd Annual Awards and Trade Show at Saddlebrook.

“You hear the name Starkey in Pasco County and it’s a well-known, recognizable name, but many people don’t truly know the person and story behind that name” said Bill Cronin, President/CEO Pasco EDC. “Jay B. deserves this honor for everything he has done for the betterment of Pasco and his role as a true leader. He has made a lasting impact on Pasco through his many philanthropic efforts.”

Friends and family describe Starkey as a true gentleman who always wanted to give back. Starkey served on the Pasco County School Board for the majority of the 1970’s and always encouraged his four children to give back to the community as well. Starkey and his wife Martha have donated over $1 million to the Florida Orchestra and pledged another $1 million to Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in downtown New Port Richey.

Recognition has never been the motivator for Starkey, he simply wanted to preserve land for families to cherish throughout the years and play music for all to enjoy. The Pasco EDC is proud to honor Jay B. Starkey Jr. for his profound leadership and lasting impact on Pasco County.

Pasco EDC's Annual Awards & Trade Show is regarded as Pasco County's premier business event, attracting over 600 business and community leaders in Tampa Bay and Pasco County, including State legislators, county commissioners and city officials.  Reserve your spot today at: http://pascoedc.com/events/details/annual-awards.

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About Pasco Economic Development Council
The Pasco Economic Development Council is committed to developing Florida's most competitive climate for business growth by providing businesses, that seek to start, move, or grow in the North Tampa Bay area, a comprehensive suite of programs that can help them to reach their full economic potential.  Since 1987, Pasco EDC has fostered a strong partnership funded by corporate and public investors focused on the economic vitality of Pasco County.  Discover more at www.pascoedc.com.