Economic Development Plan
Today, Economic Development is truly about enhancing quality of life through:
- Increasing per capita wages
- Workforce training
- Enhancing infrastructure
- Enhancing natural resources
Furthermore, Economic Development encompasses:
- Business attraction
- Business expansion
- Business retention
- Community development
- Workforce development
- Environmental protection
The Pasco County Economic Development Plan (EDP) is a living document that serves as the primary tool for the implementation of the Stimulate Economic Growth element of Pasco County's Strategic and Comprehensive Plans.
The EDP identifies goals and implementation actions for Pasco County to pursue as it enacts business retention, expansion, and attraction efforts, supports a fiscally healthy government, realizes key development projects and makes Pasco County a premier place to live, work and play.
Goal 1: Tell the Pasco County Story
Pasco County will tell the story of its aspirations and achievements in a bold and creative way that draws positive regional, national, and international acclaim.
Goal 2: Encourage Continued Positive Growth
Pasco County will use its resources and authority to become one of the most competitive business environments in the Southeast United States.
Goal 3: Grow Businesses
Pasco County will relentlessly pursue new partnerships and alliances to create a robust, connected entrepreneurial culture.
Goal 4: Grow Pasco County's Workforce
Pasco will educate, train, and attract a top-notch workforce to support its employment base and propel targeted economic sectors.
Goal 5: Enhance Pasco County's Quality of Life
Pasco will create and maintain state of the art community services and facilities including education, recreation, cultural and tourism-related amenities while enhancing our environmental resources.
The Office of Economic Growth is tasked with executing the goals and strategies outlined in the adopted Economic Development Plan (EDP) and the Board of County Commissioners adopted Strategic Plan.
In order to accomplish our mission, the Office of Economic Growth delivers its services on four primary activities:
Administration of the Economic Development Plan and the Jobs and Economic Opportunities Trust Fund – The Office of Economic Growth administrative duties include collaboration with various stakeholder groups, negotiation and contract development for public/private partnership opportunities, as well as agreement management for a multitude of incentive and development agreements which include the Penny For Pasco -Jobs and Economic Opportunities Trust Fund.
Target Industry Attraction and Retention – The goal of attracting targeted industries is to strengthen Pasco into the most competitive business environment in the Southeast United States. Through the pursuit of new partnerships, attraction and expansion of targeted businesses, collaboration with the Pasco Economic Development Council, community involvement, grants administration, workforce development and County process improvements we can accomplish this goal.
Redevelopment and Reinvestment Program – The Office of Economic Growth will help catalyze redevelopment through incentives, financing, and regulatory programs. The Office of Economic Growth duties include the management of Pasco’s adopted Brownfield Redevelopment Program, Redevelopment Loan Program, low impact development initiatives, and business improvement programs to address the complex challenges posed by redevelopment in the urbanized and blighted areas of the county.
Information, Advocacy and Referral – The Office of Economic Growth duties include providing information to new and expanding businesses within the County, referrals and providing insight for any potential project or policy economic impacts.