Wesley Chapel Named ‘Best Job Market’ in Florida

PASCO COUNTY, FL – — Wesley Chapel is tops when it comes to the job market in Florida, according to WalletHub. The Washington, DC-based financial review website looked at 130 Florida cities, ranking Wesley Chapel first on its list of Best Florida Cities by Job Market. Lutz, Florida is ranked 16th, followed by Land O’ Lakes at 17th.

“I’m proud of the growth we’re seeing in Eastern Pasco County,” said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. “Wesley Chapel’s distinction of Best Job Market in the state, along with strong showings from Lutz and Land O’ Lakes, is a testament to that growth.”

WalletHub considered several factors for the job market ranking – including number of job opportunities, employment growth, starting salaries and unemployment rate. When taking socioeconomic factors into consideration, such as average workday and commute time, WalletHub ranked Wesley Chapel 4th in the overall ranking for ‘Best Florida Cities for Finding a Job.’ Lutz and Land O’ Lakes are ranked 11thand 46th, respectively, on the overall list. Of the 130 cities included in the study, WalletHub also ranks Wesley Chapel as second for ‘Most Affordable Housing’ and third for ‘Lowest Unemployment Rate for High School Graduates.’

The full WalletHub report is available here.


Press Release courtesy of pascocountyfl.net

North Tampa Behavioral Health Expansion

North Tampa Behavioral Health

Jameson Norton, CEO of North Tampa Behavioral Health, recently revealed the facility’s plans for their upcoming expansion. The expansion will increase NTBH’s site from 53,000 sqft to 80,000 and bring the total number of beds to 123, as well as bring approximately 50 new jobs to the area. In addition to expanding outpatient services, much of the expansion is focused on increasing services for military veterans.

The groundbreaking for the new wing will be March 1, with an expected completion date of December 30 of this year.



Porter Family Receives Philanthropist of the Year Award

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(News Release Courtesy of Pasco-Hernando State College)


On November 10, 2015, Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) hosted several community supporters of the PHSC Foundation at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Nature Coast National Philanthropy Day event held at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. The event honored individuals and organizations that, through their tireless work and dedication to philanthropy, have improved the quality of life in our community.

Nominated by the PHSC Foundation, winners included: the Porter Family for Philanthropist of the Year; Skanska USA for Philanthropic Corporation of the Year; and the Suncoast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America for Philanthropic Service Club of the Year. “These awards recognize the charitable efforts of those who have demonstrated outstanding civic responsibility. Their ideals and principles have guided initiatives to utilize the power of philanthropy to achieve positive change for the residents of the Tampa Bay region,” said Maria Hixon, director of development, PHSC Foundation.

Additional nominees included: the Hernando Healthcare Foundation, Inc. for Philanthropic Service Club of the Year; Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, Inc. for Philanthropic Small Business of the Year; and Lt. Col. John R. Motley (retired) for Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy.

For more information about the Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation, and to learn how you can help students obtain higher education visit www.phsc.edu/foundation.

Photo caption – top row L to R: Daniel Abou-Jaoude and Roger Stephan, Skanska USA; J.D. Porter, Bill Porter, Lt. Col. John R. Motley (ret), Capt. Robert Frankel (ret), Lt. Col. Robert Wiggins (ret), Major Gerald Miller (ret), and Capt. Joseph Daigneault (ret); bottom row L to R: Lynda Porter, Janice Shortt, Joan Miller, Mary Beth Chandler, and Deborah Porter.

Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) serves the educational needs and interests of its community by awarding certificates, diplomas, associate and baccalaureate degrees. As a comprehensive, multicampus learning-centered institution, PHSC utilizes various instructional modalities and support services. PHSC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to achieve academic success and cultural growth in a global society.

The Arbors at Wiregrass Ranch Under Construction

Lennar Homes is currently under construction on The Arbors at Wiregrass Ranch, an exciting new community located on Chancey Road.

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Lennar plans to offer 4 product types at The Arbors at Wiregrass Ranch:
*Condominiums that range from 1,121-1,280 sq ft
*Craftsman style rear load townhomes that range from 1,220-1,510 sq ft
*Front load townhomes with two car garages that range from 1,801-2,465 sq ft
*32’ rear load single-family homes that range from 1,980-2,462 sq ft.

Lennar Homes is Tampa’s #1 homebuilder, with more than 40,000 homes sold throughout the area. Lennar’s everything’s included homes include many features and upgrades at no additional charge, as well as enhanced energy efficiency and cutting edge technology for today’s homebuyers.

Check back for updates on this exciting new project!

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Expansion

On August 5, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel broke ground on their $78 Million expansion which will nearly double the number of patient, operating, and emergency rooms. The expansion comes three years ahead of schedule and only two years after the hospital opened. Construction is currently underway and is slated to be completed at the end of 2016.

Pasco Tribune Article

Tampa Bay Business Journal Article


Development Booms Along S.R. 56

“In the past year, though, development along the road has exploded, and the 7 miles of the SR 56 corridor is one of the fastest-growing areas in all of Tampa Bay.”

Link to full article: Development Booms Along SR 56

Chancey Road Construction

The second phase of Chancey Road is currently underway. The project will extend Chancey Road from the entrance to Estancia at Wiregrass to Wiregrass Ranch Boulevard. The road extension is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.


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Wiregrass developer plans more shops, luxury apartments

The developer of The Shops at Wiregrass is moving forward with plans for a second phase just east of the mall that would include more retail and luxury apartments.

Link to the full article: tbo.com/pasco-county/wiregrass-plans-moving-forward-20150424