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Pasco EDC & Experience Florida’s Sports Coast Team Up!  For Joint Economic Celebration

May 7, 2021


Tourism and Economic Development organizations partner to deliver unified message of economic recovery for Pasco County

​Wesley Chapel, FL (May 7, 2021)- Experience Florida’s Sports Coast (FSC), the destination marketing organization for Pasco County, and Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC) hosted their first-ever joint event, Team Up!, on May 6th at AdventHealth Center Ice in Wesley Chapel.  

As the two marketing organizations charged with driving the success of Pasco County's economy, the Team Up! celebration combined a physical and visual blend of the synergies of corporate businesses, entrepreneurs, hoteliers, attraction partners, and restauranteurs.

“What better way to show our economic resilience as a destination and thriving community than by joining efforts to deliver a cohesive message of unity and economic recovery,” said Adam Thomas, Tourism Director of Experience Florida’s Sports Coast.

The idea for the event was spurred from a conversation between Pasco EDC President and CEO, Bill Cronin, and Thomas regarding the economic struggles both corporate businesses and tourism industry partners had faced in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our tagline for the event is ‘building a strong economy, together’ and that’s just what we aimed to achieve through this inaugural event,” said Cronin. “The diversity which makes up our local economy is what positions us with a strong economic foundation. Together, we’re building a strong economy for Pasco County’s future as a place and destination that celebrates and encourages business and tourism.”

In person attendance was limited to 175 socially distanced guests comprised of tourism industry partners as well as business owners and executives. Blending the two brands, Team Up! celebrated athletic talent with a figure skating showcase, networking hour, and a joint economic presentation fronted by Cronin and Thomas. The evening concluded with a special keynote presentation by Mike Rayburn and his “What If” experience, a blend of comedy, music and thought-provoking messaging.

During the economic presentation, FSC and Pasco EDC debuted their first-ever collaborative video showcasing Pasco County as a place to live, work, and play. The video takes a tour around the county, from country to coastline, stopping at popular destinations while delving into specific need-to-know information for those looking to relocate their businesses, travel to the destination, or host a conference or event in Pasco County. Now more than ever quality of life is a major deciding factor when businesses are looking to relocate.

Numerous awards were given to honor those who have made a lasting impression on Pasco County’s diverse economy.

Florida’s Sports Coast Awards

  1. Chairman’s Choice Award: Congressman Gus Bilirakis
  2. Lodging Partner of the Year: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Tampa- Suncoast Parkway
  3. Tourism Legacy Award: Thomas Dempsey, Founder of Saddlebrook Resort & Spa

Pasco EDC Awards

  1. Leadership Award: Dr. Arthur F. Kirk Jr.
  2. Recruitment Project of the Year: Santander Consumer USA
  3. Expansion Project of the Year: The Soule Co.

View Event Media Files and the official video “Pasco County: Meet, Live, Work and Play on Florida’s Sports Coast"

For more information, contact Lauren Miceli, Director of Marketing & Communications for Pasco Economic Development Council at and Kolby Gayson, Tourism Communications Manager for Florida’s Sports Coast at


About Florida’s Sports Coast
Paying homage to its sports roots, the destination’s new tagline, "Let’s Play!” celebrates the active traveler, adventurous family, avid angler and lively local in an approachable and spirited way. With 35 area parks, vibrant nature trails, thrilling zip line courses, hot air balloon outings, nearby islands with four artificial reefs, year-round recreational fishing, paddleboard and kayak trails, the options for exploration are unlimited. It’s time to #GetBacktoAdventure.
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
Pasco EDC & Experience Florida’s Sports Coast Team Up!  For Joint Economic Celebration
Lauren Miceli
Director of Marketing & Communications

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