Pasco EDC Press Releases

2022

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SouthState Bank Provides Continued Support to Microloan Program
June 15, 2022

The SMARTstart Microloan Program receives another $5,000 donation from SouthState Bank.

PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (June 15, 2022) — SouthState Bank, formerly Centerstate Bank, has recently made another donation to the SMARTstart Microloan Program. The organization has been contributing to the program since its inception in 2011, and this $5,000 donation brings their overall contribution to $45,000.

“SouthState Bank is proud to once again partner with the Pasco EDC and continue our many years of support and investment in the Microloan Program.  We believe that it is important to support small business growth in our local community and Pasco EDC’s Microloan Program has been successful in helping local entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses,” shared Skip Skairus, Regional President of SouthState.

“Pasco EDC thanks SouthState Bank for their continued support of the SMARTstart Microloan Program. Since inception, the program has assisted 64 businesses with microloans and has created over 250 jobs which shows the direct impact the program has on the community.,” said Bill Cronin, Pasco EDC President/CEO.

The Microloan Program gives entrepreneurs the funds they need to get their business started. The goal of the Microloan Program is to strengthen the Pasco County economy and create more job opportunities. Funds can be used for purchasing inventory and machinery to working capital.

Daniel and Victoria Watson, owners of The Acting Studio in Wesley Chapel, are recent recipients of a microloan. The loan assisted in their renovations which were completed just ahead of their grand opening in April. “The Pasco EDC microloan application was a painless process to complete with the guidance of the SMARTstart professionals who made themselves available. The funds helped us to complete our buildout at The Grove on time and with the equipment we needed to open our doors to our waiting clients,” shared Daniel and Victoria Watson. “We are finally back on our feet and beginning to see very strong growth in our student population. None of this would have been possible without the timely arrival of the Microloan funds. We are very grateful for Pasco EDC and their support in The Acting Studio’s journey back from a very challenging time. Now our 20th anniversary will be a joyous one!"

If your business is interested in learning more about or making a donation to the Microloan Program, visit www.smartstartpasco.com or contact Dan Mitchell, the SMARTstart Program Director, at dmitchell@pascoedc.com or 352-437-4861. Also, stay up to date with what’s happening at The Acting Studio at www.facebook.com/theactingstudiotampa.

 

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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.

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SMARTstart Incubator Member Moves Into Their Own Space
April 19, 2022

The Incubator Program gives start-ups a 2-year period for them to grow their business by providing access to office space, a commercial kitchen, and more.

PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (April 19, 2022) — The Pasco Economic Development Council’s (Pasco EDC) entrepreneurship program, SMARTstart, provides start-up businesses with an opportunity to start and grow their business. The Business Incubator Program is one of the programs that works to achieve this goal.

“The SMARTstart incubator network is taking off; we currently have the highest number of incubator members to date. RhinoSmash is a perfect example of how this program is designed to work, to grow businesses in the incubator until they are ready to succeed on their own,” shared Bill Cronin, Pasco EDC President/CEO.

SMARTstart has three (3) incubator locations throughout Pasco County which offer private offices, coworking space, access to a commercial kitchen, digital media studios, and more. Incubator members have access to all three locations giving them the opportunity to work wherever they may need to be throughout the county. The incubator program currently has fifty-one (51) members, the largest number of members yet since the program began in 2013.

RhinoSmash Sauce Co. (RhinoSmash) is a hot sauce company that was able to start their business because of the SMARTstart incubator kitchen. Recently, they have found their own location which is based in Zephyrhills so they will be leaving the SMARTstart incubator program.

“If it weren't for SMARTstart, we very well may not have started our business. It was very affordable, the amount of business advice alone would have been worth it,” stated Matthew Zambrana, RhinoSmash co-founder. The company graduated from the incubator program after a six (6) month period as the business began to grow rapidly.

RhinoSmash products can be found online at www.RhinoSmash.com, as well as at several local restaurants and retailers which can be seen online at their website.

If you are interested in learning more about SMARTstart and the incubator program, please visit www.smartstartpasco.com/business-incubators.

 

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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.

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Baby Tech Company nfant® Labs Opens New Product Assembly Location in Pasco County
March 14, 2022

The nfant Thrive Feeding System was recently selected as a USA Today Editor’s Choice Award for top tech in 2022 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  

PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (March 14, 2022) — Pasco EDC welcomes nfant® Labs, currently headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and now expanding to open a new location in Port Richey, Florida. After looking at numerous locations, the company recognized Pasco County as an up-and-coming medical device area with a strong workforce to fill their needs. 

nfant Labs is a medical device and digital health company dedicated to improving the standard of care in infant feeding by providing objective, evidence-based feeding products. Their current infant feeding line is sold direct to hospitals where they work with over 50 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) nation-wide. The product line helps NICUs determine how a baby is feeding so they can learn to feed on their own and navigate home safer, healthier and sooner. The company is leveraging their experience and success in the NICU and expanding their product offerings directly to parents with nfant Thrive, in what the industry refers to as the “Baby-Tech” subsector, which is rapidly growing as medical devices and technologies are becoming more popular for everyday at-home use. 

“We are thrilled nfant recognized the growth Pasco is having in the Life Sciences Industry and that they saw the value of becoming a part of that growth,” shared Bill Cronin, Pasco EDC President/CEO. “Medical Technology is not new to us, but what they are developing in the ‘Baby-Tech’ arena, and already receiving awards for, is very cool. I am looking forward to watching them continue to grow.” 

nfant Labs began when Dr. Gilson Capilouto, a speech-language pathologist and professor at the University of Kentucky, and Dr. Tommy Cunningham, a Biomechanics and Mechanical Engineer, got together to create a system that could help assess infant feeding in premature babies in NICUs. They created award winning nfant® Feeding Solution, an FDA cleared high-tech feeding system and nfant® Nipples, rated best in class for hospital use, both scientifically shown to improve the standard of care and health outcomes for babies in the NICU. 

“The reputation of Pasco County as an emerging MedTech manufacturing hub and the exceptional reliability of the local workforce made our decision to expand here easy.” Tommy Cunningham, PhD., Co- Founder & Chief Executive Officer, nfant Labs. “nfant’s ability to keep delivering top quality products to hospitals and homes is a direct reflection our commitment to invest in our domestic supply chain and we are happy to do so as we grow.” 

The Pasco EDC is assisting the company with workforce recruitment through local training organizations and community partners like CareerSource Pasco Hernando. nfant Labs is currently seeking full-time and part-time Production Technicians and projects to hire at least 10 new positions this year. If you are interested in learning more about their current openings send your resume to hiring@nfant.com.  

“This company offers such an advanced and unique technology in the world of Life Sciences,” shared Kathryn Starkey, Chairman, Pasco County Board of County Commissioners. “I’m confident they will find the support they receive from our community extremely valuable and look forward to their continued growth in Pasco County.” 

nfant Labs understands the critical issues and concerns that new parents contend with, from the first few days after birth all the way through the first year of life. Years of clinical research at leading pediatric hospitals and parent success stories of feeding their newborn with nfant products, has led them to develop the nfant Thrive Feeding System, a consumer friendly version of the nfant product line made for use in the home or healthcare setting. Leveraging the award-winning technology, the new line will provide parents with a way to help track their baby’s growth and development, rapidly respond to issues associated with feeding and enable pediatricians and other medical professionals with vital information to elevate their standard of care.  Learn more about nfant Thrive products at https://nfant.com.  

“We are happy to welcome nfant Labs to the City of Port Richey and wish them much success here,” said Scott Tremblay, Mayor, City of Port Richey. “They are providing great career opportunities for our residents.”  

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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. 

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MEDIA ALERT: Penny for Pasco Supported Speculative Space, 54 Crossings, to Break Ground in Pasco
February 15, 2022

PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (February 15, 2022): Rizzetta Real Estate is set to break ground on the highly anticipated 54 Crossings project. They are investing nearly $27 million in two Class A office buildings consisting of 60,000 square feet each near the Suncoast Parkway in Pasco County.

Pasco's tremendous growth in new residents and business expansions is driving demand for new office and industrial facilities as the county continues to attract companies to the north Tampa Bay community.

Even with unprecedented demand, building speculative space is a risky business considering the overwhelming costs of developing infrastructure. Early in the current development cycle, the Penny for Pasco, a Pasco taxpayer approved $0.01 sales tax increase, helped fill capital gaps with loans to developers willing to build speculative.

In fall of 2019 the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners approved incentives totaling $2.94 million to help construct 54 Crossings. The county will loan $1.5 million to the developer from its Pasco Accelerated Development Sites and Pasco Occupant Ready Structures programs from Penny for Pasco funds. In addition to the loan, the county agreed to rebate $1.435 million in property taxes.

What:   Rizzetta Real Estate is set to break ground on the highly anticipated 54 Crossings project.

When: Thursday, February 17, 2022; 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Where: 17907 Aprile Drive, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638

Who:    Bill Rizzetta, Rizzetta Real Estate,

     Christina Fitzpatrick, Pasco County Commissioner District 4

     Kathryn Starkey, Chairman, Pasco County Commissioner District 3

     David Engel, Director, Office of Economic Growth

     Bill Cronin, President & CEO, Pasco Economic Development Council

Why:    This project will directly and/or indirectly create approximately 400 new jobs, provide total salaries to direct and indirect workers in the amount of $17.7 million, and contribute an average of $26.5 million to the gross county product.

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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.

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SMARTstart to Host Second Annual GROW Pasco Event
February 14, 2022

GROW Pasco will feature 15 breakout sessions for small business led by over 25 business leaders.

PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (February 14, 2022) — For the second time, SMARTstart is hosting GROW Pasco to help educate small business owners throughout Pasco County and provide an environment to network with like-minded entrepreneurs. The event will take place Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Hyatt Place Tampa Wesley Chapel and feature 15 breakout sessions led by over 25 business professionals. There will be a wide variety of session topics on areas such as marketing, social media, financial planning, and technology.

The Pasco EDC’s small business program, SMARTstart, is an innovative suite of programs that provides the tools growing businesses need for long-term success. There are three SMARTstart business incubators throughout Pasco County and the forty-eight (48) current members have twenty-four-seven access to each of the centers.

“Pasco’s small business and entrepreneur community has been taking off. It’s crucial that we engage these start-ups and help provide them with valuable resources to create long-lasting and sustainable companies that can continue to grow and thrive in Pasco,” shared Bill Cronin, Pasco EDC President/CEO. “SMARTstart is a tremendous asset which we are able to provide for our businesses through the Penny for Pasco.”

The lunch session will feature keynote speaker Peter Kageyama. Kageyama is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places, the follow ups, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places and, The Emotional Infrastructure of Places. He is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.

Wanda Cox, owner of Piperz Salsa, SMARTstart participant, and GROW Pasco 2021 attendee shared her favorite part of last year’s event was that “our family was able to participate, this was also a good learning event for our teenager because it helped reinforce her business and career plans.” Cox elaborated, “we were able to learn new techniques about using social media to help promote our business as well as networking with fellow local entrepreneurs, and overall, the event delivered value to our small business.”

To learn more about the sessions being offered at GROW Pasco and to register, visit https://pascoedc.com/events/details/growpasco-2022. The cost is $40 per person for general admission and $20 per person for Pasco Business/Residents only. Admission includes a continental breakfast and seated lunch.

 

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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.

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Ecommerce Company NVGTN to Build 100,000 Square Foot Headquarters in Pasco County
February 7, 2022

The three-year-old athletic wear company purchased property in Trinity and plans to hire 30 new employees this year.

PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (February 7, 2022) — NVGTN, pronounced navigation, is a three-year-old athletic wear online retail company started by husband and wife, Brett and Ashleigh Schneggenburger in their studio apartment. Since launching, the company has seen tremendous growth and needed a new headquarters location they could grow and expand in. The company recently purchased property in the Trinity Corporate Center and plans to invest $15 million in a 100,000 square foot facility to house both their customer service and fulfilment operations to which they will be adding at least 30 new full-time positions. Brett is a United States Airforce Veteran and served as an aircraft engine technician for 5 years.

“Brett and Ashleigh have an ambitious entrepreneurial spirit. They have turned their small at-home start-up into a very successful company in such a short time, and that is something we embrace and are thrilled to welcome to Pasco County,” shared Bill Cronin, Pasco EDC President/CEO. “I look forward to building our relationship with NVGTN and to continue to see them grow and flourish.”

NVGTN was created to fill a void in the clothing industry to produce affordable yet trendy, and form-flattering athletic wear that’s suitable for everyone. Utilizing social media to market new collections, they’ve developed a vast global customer base in over 170 countries. NVGTN has proudly built a team-like environment focused on continuous expansion, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.

“Our amazing customer base always has, and always will be, the top priority. This new facility will provide improved logistics, innovation, and sustainability efforts that we’re excited to integrate.” Brett Schneggenburger, CEO, NVGTN. “The possibilities for expansion and growth seem endless in Pasco County. The community around our new location is very attractive to us and we’re looking forward to becoming a part of it.”

NVGTN launches new lines every two to three months and during new product launches they can have an influx of over 50,000 orders. As the company expands, they are focusing on streamlining their operations in the fulfillment center. Currently they employ 60 part time employees in fulfillment and once their new location is complete, they would like to hire 30 full time positions.

“On behalf of myself and the other commissioners I would like to welcome NVGTN to Pasco County,” said Kathryn Starkey, Chairman, Pasco County Board of County Commissioners. “The company itself is so young and has seen such success already, I am just thrilled they chose to headquarter and establish themselves in Pasco. I hope they will be able to utilize many of our workforce training opportunities and international programs as they continue to grow. I fully expect these young entrepreneurs to be exciting to watch as they grow their brand.”

NVGTN will be launching their new line on Saturday February 19th, 2022 at 10AM EST on their website, www.nvgtn.com/.

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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.

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Pasco EDC Receives Generous Contribution from Santander Consumer USA Inc. Foundation
February 2, 2022

Santander Consumer USA Foundation, Inc. has granted Pasco EDC $100,000, the majority of which will support women and minority-owned businesses through the Pasco EDC SMARTstart Program.

PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (February 2, 2022) — Santander Consumer USA Inc., one of Pasco County’s newest companies, has been quick to get involved in the community. The Santander Consumer USA Inc. Foundation (Santander) recently granted Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC) $100,000. Through the donation, Santander will be supporting SMARTstart programs through a scholarship fund with emphasis on woman and minority-owned businesses in Pasco County. Santander will also have a role on the Pasco EDC Board of Directors and Policy Council.

“A major part of what we do at Pasco EDC is building relationships with our business community. Santander Consumer USA has shown since day one they weren’t just investing in a new property to do business; but were investing in the community they are now a part of,” shared Bill Cronin, Pasco EDC President/CEO. “This generous grant will allow us to not only continue to build our relationship with them, but will support the small business community in Pasco, which is crucial to diversifying our economy, we are extremely grateful.”

The scholarship fund will be utilized in the SMARTstart Business Incubator program, which provides private office or coworking space to entrepreneurs; Entrepreneur Roundtables, where five to six entrepreneurs meet regularly to discuss their businesses and how to overcome challenges they are experiencing; and CO.STARTERS, a nine-week program with sessions led by local industry professionals to provide entrepreneurs with valuable tools and resources to work through their business models.

Yvette Fuertes, the first Santander grant recipient, is using the opportunity to subsidize a SMARTstart Incubator membership. She shared, the financial contribution will help her because she now “has a location to network and share business experiences with like-minded entrepreneurs on a regular basis and can participate in events and educational activities.” She also mentioned she wants to be able to help the minority population so “they can all invest in their futures.”

 “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and a driver of economic development and sustainability,” said Dr. Virnitia Hendricks, Santander Consumer USA Chief Diversity Officer, Pasco EDC board member and Tampa Bay resident. “Supporting women and minority-owned businesses is a priority for Santander, and we are pleased to help motivated entrepreneurs whose businesses will add to the strength and diversity of our community.”

If you are interested in learning more about SMARTstart programs and the Santander scholarship and the application process, please visit https://smartstartpasco.com/business-incubators.

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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.

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Amazon Purchases Pasco County Ready Site Off FL52
January 25, 2022

The logistics and distribution company is building a half-million square foot sortation center near I-75.

PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (January 25, 2022) — The Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC) is thrilled to announce the sale of Eagle Industrial Park off FL52 in Pasco County. Eagle Industrial Park is a part of the Pasco Ready Sites Program, which assesses and evaluates large tracts of land for industrial development. This is the second Amazon facility to make Pasco home and the first fulfillment center which will feature an extensive robotics system. The logistics and distribution company is investing $150 million in a new 517,220 square foot Amazon Robotic Sortation Center (ARSC) and will be home to 500 employees.

“This is a unique facility supporting a lot of technology and robotics,” said Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley. “I am thrilled to have such a cutting-edge facility join the evolving SR52 and I-75 corridor.”

The new ARSC is considered a mid-mile facility, which feeds Amazon logistics. This facility will feature line-haul trucks which will utilize the Interstate 75 corridor to bring shipments to locations across the southeast. The most unique feature will be the approximately 180,000 square foot mezzanine supporting a 100  percent robotics-based sorting system. At other ARSCs as the robotics system increases the building capacity, there is a need to hire more people to help sustain the increased productivity levels. Amazon has created new roles within its sort centers for managing the robots and the specialists receive on-the-job training to learn how the robots work, how they're programed and how they read and navigate the center floor.

“Given Eagle Industrial Park’s location and the availability of a quality workforce in the region, Pasco County was a natural fit for Amazon’s new sort center,” shared Sam Blatt, Economic Development Manager for Amazon. “It’s been a pleasure working with the Pasco County staff and the team at the Pasco EDC.”

The property Amazon has purchased for this high-tech facility is a part of the Pasco EDC Ready Sites Program which is funded through the Penny for Pasco. The program accesses, evaluates, and certifies large tracts of land to prepare properties for industrial development and create a portfolio of project-ready sites for targeted industries. Eagle Industrial Park features 127 acres with frontage on FL52 and is less than 2 miles to I-75. This property has been marketed as a part of the Ready Sites Program for a year and a half and features online marketing tools such as: a property video with drone imagery, an interactive site map showing all available utilities- electric, water, reclaimed water, and wastewater, as well a property flyer showing drive-time and transportation data.

“This is such a great win for the county in terms of investment and jobs, and we couldn’t be happier that they chose a site from our Ready Sites Program,” said Bill Cronin, President/CEO, Pasco EDC. “The Ready Sites Program was created to help big projects like this close and locate quickly and that’s exactly what they are doing.”

 

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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.

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One of Penny for Pasco’s Supported Speculative Building Projects is Now Full
January 10, 2022

Asturia Corporate Center is now at full capacity filling 235,000 square feet with a mix varying of target industry sectors.

PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (January 10, 2022) — Even with unprecedented demand, building speculative space is a risky business considering the overwhelming costs of developing infrastructure. Early in the current development cycle, the Penny for Pasco, a Pasco taxpayer approved $0.01 sales tax, helped bridge capital gaps with loans to developers willing to build speculative space.

Now, the goal of bringing new office and industrial space to market to attract new and expanding industries has proved successful. In 2018, Pasco County Commissioners approved a 10-year, $7 million Penny for Pasco loan to HP Asturia, LLC (Harrod Development) to build Asturia Corporate Center, a $26 million, 235,000 square foot speculative “Flex-Industrial” project to meet the demands of Pasco’s rapidly growing industrial sectors.

“Many companies don’t have years to search for a location and build out an entire facility, and that’s why these speculative projects are so important,” shared Bill Cronin, Pasco EDC President/CEO. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of having a local government who truly understands the support our business community needs. Now Pasco is experiencing sustained growth and market demand attracting speculative development that would not be possible without the Penny for Pasco.”

Currently, Asturia Corporate Center is 100 percent leased to a mix of highly sought-after Target Industries in manufacturing, corporate offices and logistics. UPS, Lowes, Stratford Care and Belmar make up the tenant mix bringing 286 new jobs to Pasco when all the tenant improvements are completed, and up to 400 total jobs created over the life of the leases.

Once fully completed, according to Pasco County’s Office of Economic Growth, the project is expected to bring close to $35 million, annually, in positive economic impact to Pasco’s Gross County Product over the next 10 years.

“The success of the Asturia Corporate Center is a perfect example of Pasco’s Master Planned Unit Development (MPUD) strategy. We encourage developers to design business parks into their residential developments and when we work together, great companies with high paying jobs want to move to Pasco,” said Kathryn Starkey, Chairman, Pasco County Board of County Commissioners. “It’s truly a Live, Work and Play development.”

During Peak Season 2021, the 128,479 square feet Odessa UPS facility supported the additional holiday volume surge in the Wesley Chapel and Spring Hill areas. UPS expects to begin operations in phases in August 2022 and will staff more than 100 full-time drivers, nearly 200 package handlers, and more than 50 part and full-time management team members once the project is complete.

 

“The expansion allows UPS to further optimize package flow and gain additional operational efficiencies that will benefit its customers in terms of pickup and delivery times as well as meet future growth in Pasco County,” says UPS Spokesperson Christina Repassy.

 

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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.

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Pasco EDC Wins Four Awards from Three Top Economic Development Organizations
October 25, 2021

County’s economic development agency received peer recognition on multiple marketing initiatives including videos and a strategic partnership with Florida’s Sports Coast.

PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (October 25, 2021) — The Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC) is excited to announce they have recently been honored by three major economic development organizations with four awards for top marketing initiatives. The Pasco EDC has been developing strategic programs designed to assist companies in relocating or expanding their operations in Pasco County, Florida. In order to support the many programs Pasco EDC offers, the team has been creating numerous marketing initiatives and building a digital library to support all programs as they look to assist companies as they Start, Move, or Grow their business in Pasco County.  

The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) honored Pasco EDC with an award for the Pasco County: Meet, Live, Work, and Play on Florida’s Sports Coast video at their annual conference in Tampa, Florida, on August 16, 2021.

The Best of Class, Large Division award was given to Pasco EDC. The video was created to showcase Pasco County as a place to do business as well as visit and host a sporting event or meeting.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awarded Pasco EDC with two awards in the population over 500,000 category at their annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 6, 2021.

A bronze rank was presented for the 2019-2020 Annual Report, a marketing document which summarized the important data, major accomplishments, and events that occurred throughout the year.
A silver rank was awarded for the digital Ready Sites property videos, a video series that was created to support the Ready Sites program which assesses, evaluates, and certifies large tracts of land for industrial development.

The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) recognized Pasco EDC’s relationship with Florida’s Sports Coast by presenting the Innovative Partnership award to Pasco EDC at the annual conference in Orlando, Florida, on October 14, 2021.

This partnership consisted of working closely together to host Team Up! in May 2021 and also joining together to produce the Pasco County: Meet, Live, Work, and Play on Florida’s Sports Coast video.

Economic development organizations and industry professionals throughout the nation recognized Pasco EDC’s marketing efforts by voting for Pasco EDC to receive these awards.

Bill Cronin, Pasco EDC President/CEO, shares, “It is always humbling to see your team’s hard work be recognized, but to have three top organizations do so this year brings me so much pride. Our team is very passionate about what we do and helping our business community grow. I couldn’t be prouder of all of the great work they are doing, and I am glad they are being awarded and receiving that same recognition from our peers nationwide.”

 

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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.

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