Zephyrhills Economic Development
Charting a New Course.
To achieve meaningful economic development the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce administers the Zephyrhills Economic Development Coalition (ZEDC) a strategic partnership of the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Zephyrhills, Main Street Zephyrhills and Pasco Economic Development Council.
ZEDC seeks to align strategies and streamline resources of local and county-wide partners in economic development. The City of Zephyrhills supports this effort with grants to the chamber which provides partner expertise, knowledge, professional staff and volunteer resources to carry out programs specific to the mission of the ZEDC.
While the city's very location -- in the middle of an impressive framework of highways, rail lines, a major sea port and several airports -- makes it a desirable area to grow a business, the city also has passed ordinances meant to entice new businesses and industries with attractive incentives. The city boasts highly competitive prices for real property, previously-approved development parks and public facilities that meet the needs of the business community.
By creating an economic development fund, the city is in position to pay all or part of a business' impact fees; pay the impact fees and defer reimbursement for a maximum of three years, as well as paying the carrying charges associated with new construction. The city council may also issue revenue bonds to finance projects, assign city staff to work with business leaders on their projects and reimburse companies for job training.
Zephyrhills is Open for Business and the Chamber of Commerce invites businesses seeking to relocate, expand, or promote their business to contact the Chamber of Commerce Business & Visitors Concierge desk.
"Clearly Zephyrhills" Market Reports Published by the Zephyrhills Economic Development Coalition;
Economic Development Strategy
Zephyrhills is actively engaged in a number of initiatives that encompass a two-fold economic development strategy. The first part of that vision includes a strong manufacturing/airport corridor where high paying jobs are created. The second part of the vision is a strong vibrant downtown where "community" can be enjoyed and the uniqueness of Zephyrhills can be showcased to locals and tourists alike. Working toward these goals are the Zephyrhills Economic Development Coalition (ZEDC), the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (ZMA), and Main Street Zephyrhills.
"Discover Zephyrhills" contains useful facts and information on the greater Zephyrhills area including demographics, business climate, location transportation, major businesses, workforce and education, economic incentives and business development resources. Download the publication by clicking on the "Discover Zephyrhills" link provided below.
Working toward these goals . . .
The Zephyrhills Economic Development Coalition is a strategic partnership formed by the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Zephyrhills, Pasco Economic Development Council and Main Street Zephyrhills, Inc. The ZEDC Steering Committee meets monthly to discuss strategies for existing business retention and expansion, attraction of new business, and to identify and further economic development initiatives in education, infrastructure, transportation and other for the greater Zephyrhills area.
Zephyrhills Economic Development Coalition
The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is an organization dedicated to creating a vibrant, revitalized central core district in Zephyrhills. The CRA was established in the early 1990's primarily for the purpose of improving 5th Avenue. The CRA set aside tax dollars for a specific purpose - improvement of downtown and surrounding City core districts. Currently it is trying to build community consensus and set priorities about how these dedicated funds should be spent going forward. The CRA has gathered some great ideas so far and looks forward to completing a plan of action sometime in 2011.
Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Agency
813-780-0000 ext. 3535
Main Street Zephyrhills is an organization made up of business people, educators, government officials and private citizens dedicated to providing economic vitality through historic preservation, pride in the quality of life and a strong sense of community. Main Street Zephyrhills works to revitalize the downtown area through fund-raising events and also encourages people to shop downtown.
Main Street Zephyrhills
Zephyrhills Municipal Airport serves the area with full facilities for commercial and private pilots, alike. Among its features are a passenger terminal, 24-hour fuel, more than 5,000 feet of runways, aircraft rentals, flight instruction, aircraft repairs and hangar rentals.
Zephyrhills Municipal Airport
39450 South Ave.
Companies interested in job training may consider several institutions in the area. Pasco-Hernando State College has two locations in Pasco County, including one in nearby Dade City and another planned to open in Wesley Chapel, both just 20 minutes from Zephyrhills; there also is a PHCC campus in Brooksville, just north in Hernando County. Additionally, the East Pasco office of Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board is located in the heart of Zephyrhills on Gall Blvd.
Saint Leo University, a private institution with a picturesque campus is located in San Antonio about 20 minutes from Zephyrhills. The University opened the Donald R. Tapia School of Business in 2011, a modern and state-of-the-art 47,000 square foot building on campus. The School of Business offers a complete menu of business concentrations with on campus as well as on-line Bachelor's and MBA programs. Graduate certificate programs are also offered in accounting, health care management, marketing and information security. The sprawling University of South Florida campus is a 30-minute drive south of Zephyrhills, while the University of Tampa is within an hour from town.
City leaders also work with Pasco County officials on deals that will be advantageous to the area, and the businesses looking to move here.
The county has had recent success. In 2011, Pasco County commissioners approved incentives that brought Raymond James Financial to Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, just 15 minutes west of Zephyrhills. Wiregrass Ranch is an immense property that currently houses The Shops at Wiregrass, an 800,000-square-foot open-air mall off State Road 56, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.
The incentive package that enticed Raymond James includes an estimated $10 million in road improvements, tax breaks and other financial perks. Just under half the amount will go toward road upgrades; Wiregrass Ranch Boulevard is a planned major north-south connector between State Roads 54 and 56. The state has also agreed to spend $4 million to build the main access road to the 65-acre site.
In addition, the county waived water and sewer connection fees for company's office buildings. In return, Raymond James will build two office buildings and bring 750 jobs.
The county also has had recent success in luring investment giant T. Rowe Price to Land O' Lakes, just west of Wesley Chapel. The company has purchased a 90-acre parcel, where a 450,000-square-foot facility is expected to eventually employ 1,600 workers. T. Rowe Price will receive $30 million in local and state economic incentives.
Zephyrhills Business Climate
Drive around historic downtown Zephyrhills on any day, and you quickly understand the town's idyllic appeal. Friends young and old chat on sidewalks outside the town's quaint, locally-owned shops and restaurants. On weekends, community events lure residents to the downtown area for a plethora of family-friendly events.
Turn north on Gall Boulevard-U.S. 301, which bisects Zephyrhills, and you roll past dozens of thriving local businesses. You pass the sprawling grounds of Florida Medical Clinic, as well as the scenic campus housing Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. Within minutes, both sides of the road are highlighted by modern shopping plazas with a healthy mix of national chain retailers and bustling local businesses.
The healthcare industry thrives in Zephyrhills, employing doctors and medical staff of all specialties and offering state-of-the-art medical and health services. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Medical Clinic, Florida Hospital Dade City and Tampa Bay Cancer Center provide vital medical services to the region while a number of smaller specialized medical and healthcare services attract patients both locally, regionally and from out of state to the area for quality care.
A map of the area shows that Zephyrhills is framed by major transportation arteries. To the west and south are Interstate 75, Interstate 275, U.S. 301 and Interstate 4. The CSX Railroad runs just east of town, while the Port of Tampa, Florida's largest port, is about 45 minutes southwest.
Zephyrhills' location in east Pasco puts it within easy driving distance of major cities, international airports and major theme park - and just over an hour from the white, sandy beaches and pristine waters that have lured tourists to Florida for decades.
Moreover, Zephyrhills' existing industrial corridor and strategic location make the small city a potentially major player in the Tampa Bay region's pursuit of new, expanding and relocating industries.
Those businesses may consider Zephyrhills' potential by the local and international businesses that have thrived here.
Nestle Waters North America, which produces the popular Zephyrhills Water has thrived since opening a plant in Zephyrhills; Goin' Postal, a low-cost shipping and postal store that started with a single storefront in Zephyrhills in 2002, now has more than 300 locations around the country; and The Mosaic Company, a global distributor of fertilizer, transports directly to the Port of Tampa via CSX railway from its processing plant located just 15 minutes south of the city on USHwy39.