Fairfield Inn by Marriott is now officially under construction. The 92-room hotel, which will be located on SR 56 just north of the Audi dealership, recently broke ground on their building. This exciting addition to Wiregrass Ranch is expected to be completed Summer 2018. Stay tuned for updates!
Dimmitt Automotive Group recently broke ground on a brand new Audi dealership scheduled to open in November. The project is being referred to as Audi Terminal, and, as CEO Scott Larguier explained “The entire facility is designed with the customer experience at its core.” The goal of the dealership is to provide Audi’s most innovative retail experience yet. Once inside, customers will not only be able to view the full line up of Audi vehicles, but will also be greeted with luxury lounges with leather club chairs and iPads. What customers will not see is the traditional array of sales desks and telephones. The dealerships goal is to provide a combination of elegant interaction and advanced technology.
The groundbreaking was held May 22 at site of the future dealership at 2500 Lajuana Blvd. in Wesley Chapel. When completed, it will be a 40,000 square foot open-area facility with a modern design.
Video, courtesy of Dimmitt Automotive Group, showing time-lapse construction of the dealership:
Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is the top-ranked workplace in the large employer category on the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces 2017 list. This is the third time the hospital, which is just five years old, has made the annual list.
The hospital recently wrapped up a $78 million expansion project that added 62 new in-patient beds to the existing 83. The expansion created 111,993 square feet of new space and 10,834 square feet of renovation, which doubled operating room and emergency room areas. The hospital’s CEO, Denyse Bales-Chubb, credits the expansion to the tremendous rate of population growth Pasco County has seen in recent years.
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Progress on the Beach House at Wiregrass Ranch facility continues to move forward at a great pace. Watch the video below to see the latest construction updates!
USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute held a private reception and mobile research exhibition Saturday, November 5. The “Evening at the Suite” event showcased their newest addition, the Memory Research Suite, as well as honored the contributions made by the Porter family during a presentation and portrait unveiling. The painting, a custom piece by a Florida Highwaymen artist, features a silhouette representation of the three sons of James H. “Wiregrass” Porter and Martha M. Porter: Don Porter, Tom Porter, and Bill Porter. Dr. Dave Morgan, director of the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, spoke about the incredible breakthroughs in the field of Alzheimer’s research and the importance of funding. Byrd Medical Director Dr. Amanda Smith discussed the importance of the Memory Research Suite as a necessary tool in their research efforts. Dr. Eric Pfeiffer, founding director of the Suncoast Alzheimer’s and Gerontology Center at USF, recalled his interactions with the late Mr. and Mrs. James Porter, as he treated Martha Porter over the many years she lived with the diagnosis.
In 2004, the Porter family made a gift of $2.85 million to the USF College of Medicine, in collaboration with the Johnnie B. Byrd, Sr. Alzheimer’s Center & Research Institute, in order to support critical Alzheimer’s research. The gift was made in honor of the late Martha M. Porter who was diagnosed with the disease in her late 50s.
For more information on the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and the Mobile Research Suite, click here
Prior to joining Locust Branch, Sheridan was Senior Vice President at King Engineering Associates, Inc. in Tampa, where he led the Land Planning Department and was a member of the Board of Directors for the past 14 years. Through his various roles at King Engineering, Sheridan has been involved in the Wiregrass Ranch project from its inception. Since 2004, he managed the planning, entitlement, engineering, permitting and development activities for the Wiregrass Ranch DRI with the Porter Family and its partners.
As a Florida Registered Landscape Architect and an active member of the Urban Land Institute, Sheridan contributes his expertise to the ULI statewide Urban Development and Mixed Use Council. In 2014, Sheridan was a gubernatorial appointee, designated by Governor Rick Scott, to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council for Hillsborough County. Sheridan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University, Cook College in Urban and Regional Planning.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the ongoing expansion and growth of Wiregrass Ranch. It is a privilege to be part of such dynamic legacy envisioned by the Porter Family for the people of Pasco County.”, said Sheridan. His goals as new COO include assuring that extensive, responsible growth remains on the horizon for one of the fastest selling communities in the Tampa Bay Region.
Wiregrass Ranch, a 5,100-acre mixed-use master planned community, is presently home to The Shops at Wiregrass, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Medical Clinic, North Tampa Behavioral Health, and nationally ranked Pasco-Hernando State College (Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch). Most recently, Raymond James Financial closed on 65 acres in the heart of Wiregrass Ranch to develop its new corporate campus.
Over the past fifteen years, Wiregrass Ranch has developed not only into an economic engine for Pasco County, but also a multifaceted community where residents can truly live, work, and play.
“We feel very privileged to have Scott joining our team. His experience and involvement with the Wiregrass Ranch project, as well as his commitment to our community-driven vision for the area, make Scott a great fit as our C.O.O. Under his leadership and expertise, we are confident that Wiregrass Ranch will thrive as the region’s premier master planned development,” said Bill Porter, President of Wiregrass Ranch.
Great segment on ABC Action News about the exciting developments, including Raymond James, at Wiregrass Ranch!
9/15/16, Tampa Bay Times:
Five years after announcing plans for a satellite campus in the Wiregrass Ranch development, Raymond James Financial has purchased 65 acres here for an undisclosed price.
The sale closed Thursday, said Wiregrass Ranch’s J.D. Porter, coming two days after Pasco County amended its incentive agreement with the company and Wiregrass Ranch Inc. to eliminate a deadline for construction to begin. Combined, the state and Pasco County incentives total $14 million.
From the Tampa Bay Business Journal:
Pasco officials have signed off on an amendment to an economic development agreement that paves the way for Raymond James Financial Inc.’s purchase of 65 acres in Wiregrass Ranch.
The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday morning unanimously approved the agreement between the county, Raymond James and Wiregrass Ranch Inc. The land is on state route 56 east of the Shoppes at Wiregrass retail development.
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WalletHub analysts recently ranked Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) as offering the highest return on educational investment among a cohort of 821 community colleges. Also ranking first is Valencia College (FL); Coastline College (CA); Northern Oklahoma College (OK); Cochise County Community College District (AZ).
PHSC also received national rankings of 15th in the career outcomes category and 39th overall. “These numbers validate the good we are doing for the two counties we serve. They also confirm we are diligent in our work to provide high quality, accessible and affordable educational opportunities within a diverse teaching and learning environment for students to achieve academic success,” said Timothy L. Beard, PHSC president.
Other significant WalletHub rankings include the Florida College System ranked fourth in the nation and the PHSC overall ranking of third among 28 Florida two-year colleges. “Our students have every reason to be proud of the college they attend,” said Beard.
To determine the best community colleges in the U.S., analysts compared 821 such institutions across three key dimensions, including: Cost & Financing, Education Outcomes and Career Outcomes. According to WalletHub, data used to create these rankings were collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, and College Measures. WalletHub’s Best and Worst Community College rankings can be found at wallethub.com.
For information about Pasco-Hernando State College, visit phsc.edu.