Promote Pasco During National Travel and Tourism Week

Pasco County’s TDC and Office of Tourism Development have several activities planned for celebrating the 2012 National Travel and Tourism Week:

Monday, May 7 the Local Special Event Grant application process kicks off through Friday, June 29.

Tuesday, May 8 in the afternoon, the Office of Tourism will join the PANDA organization and other tourism stakeholders to assist in the promotion of the Eurobird marketing campaign. The meeting takes place at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex from 1-4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9 the Office of Tourism attends the Hernando Tourism Summit and makes a presentation to the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce on “The Power of Travel and Tourism.”

Thursday, May 10 its the second Promote Pasco Workshop scheduled at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Wesley Chapel. Tourism partners will talk about marketing and advertising your event to increase Pasco’s economic impact through tourism.

Friday, May 11 it’s a promotional trip to the Villages Travel Expo. Just outside Ocala this town has active retirees ready to take a day trip or an overnight adventure to Pasco County.

Source: Pasco County Website

650 CEOs say Florida is one of their favorite places to do business.

650 CEOs from across the United States ranked their favorite states to do business based on issues, including regulations, taxes, workforce quality, educational resources, quality of living and infrastructure.

Turns out, CEOs love Florida, ranking it No.2 just behind Texas. Why did they rank Flrodia so high? A big factor was low taxes, and they are right… and for CEOs looking to move to Tampa Bay, here’s a hint: Pasco County’s taxes are one of the lowest!

In fact, every time Pasco County gets a tax cut, Richie gets a raise in his allowance. No telling what you would get. Impact fees? Richie doesn’t pay them, chances are you won’t either. No wonder Raymond James and T. Rowe Price chose Pasco County for their future home. Will you join them?

Source: CEOs rank Florida as second-best state to do business in, Tampa Bay Times, 05/03/12

Dade City Switches Off Transportation Fees, Turns on Green Light for Business

The Dade City Commission voted on April 26thto suspend Transportation Impact Fees (TIF) for a period of two years. This TIF suspension is part of a new aggressive City effort with the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and the Dade City Main Street organization to encourage job creation and economic development.

John Moors, Executive Director of Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, said, “Families and businesses already love Dade City, and even in the recession, it continues to add new people. The suspension of transportation impact fees will help Dade City grow even faster by reducing the cost of expanding a business here.”

“A lot of Tampa Bay business executives already think Dade City is a pretty cool place,” noted John Hagen, Pasco Economic Development Council President/CEO.  Hagen, who held some focus groups last year to understand perceptions about Pasco County communities, was surprised to learn how visible Dade City was to regional business leaders.  “They definitely like what they see in Dade City.  When they hear about this, they are going to think it’s even cooler.”

In addition to slashing impact fees, Dade City is implementing an overall plan to promote job creation and economic development, including:

  • Reducing the cost for new development and redevelopment in Dade City;
  • Promoting State, County and local business;
  • Working with our local merchants and existing business owners to improve local commerce;
  • Providing grants to local businesses for site development and improvement;
  • Participating in the Florida Brownfields program to help defray employment costs;
  • The adoption of a new land development code to speed up the permitting process.

We’re looking for sponsors for our 26th Annual Appreciation Banquet, you’ll want to be there!

Pasco EDC's John Hagen and Governor Rick Scott with Pasco EDC board members Joe Marina and Trey Starkey

For more than 25 years one event has personified the word Leadership in Pasco County: The Pasco Economic Development Council’s Annual Appreciation Banquet. Over 550 area business and community leaders–like yourself–attend every year.  What better opportunity is there to gain name recognition with this key audience than to sponsor this prestigious event? 

The next Banquet will be held on September 5th, 2012 at Saddlebrook Resort and will include the Industry of the Year awards ceremony, business showcase, and a brief progress report on Pasco County’s economic development.

All over Tampa Bay, the development community is buzzing about New Pasco. This is an exciting time for Pasco EDC; we are positioned better than ever before to attract, retain and create high-value jobs.  I don’t know of any leader who would not want to be associated with this message–don’t you agree?

Sponsorships range from $500 to $7,500 with four benefit levels. Contact Suzanne by phone (813) 926-0827 ext. 226, or fax the form to (813) 926-0829 by July 1st to receive all the valuable sponsor benefits.

Attention: Job Fairs in May!

 Tampa Bay Virtual Job Fair
May 13 – May 19

WorkNet Pinellas, the Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance, Career Central and Suncoast Workforce are recruiting employers who can offer job opportunities for youth ages 14-24, whether it’s for full-time, part-time, summer, temporary or permanent positions..

Click here for more information (PDF). 

Congressman Gus Bilirakis’ Employment Fair
Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

at Sparton Manor (New Port Richey)

Are you looking for quality employees? Full-time or part-time workers? Don’t miss this great opportunity. Presented at no cost. Register for your booth today by contacting Steve Wilson at Career Central or (352) 293-1123.

Click here for more information (PDF).