PHSC Ranks First in Nation

PHSCWalletHub 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

For information about Pasco-Hernando State College, visit

Release date:
August 25, 2016
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Wiregrass Ranch Boulevard Phase 2

We are excited to see the progress from RIPA & Associates on Wiregrass Ranch Blvd. Phase 2, which will connect S.R. 56 to Chancey Road through the heart of Wiregrass Ranch. We are looking forward to delivering this roadway to our residents early next year!


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Lennar Opens New Community at Wiregrass Ranch

Lennar opens new community at Wiregrass Ranch in Pasco County

The Arbors at Wiregrass Ranch offers a mix of single-family homes and townhomes in a vibrant live-work-play community


The Arbors at Wiregrass Ranch

Wesley Chapel, Fla.  – Lennar is now selling homes in The Arbors at Wiregrass Ranch, the newest area in the 5,000-acre Wiregrass Ranch, a master planned community that offers a hometown feel in a fast-growing submarket. Adding to a mixed-use community that has been thoughtfully planned to maintain the quaint feeling of a small town, Lennar is building single-family homes and townhomes.

The community, developed by the Porter family, is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Tampa, and is minutes away from I-75, I-275 and Tampa International Airport.

One of the first buyers in The Arbors is the Moore family, who are moving into their new house this summer after relocating from Michigan. After looking for a house for 2 1/2 years in several cities and touring more than 70 homes, they found Lennar’s three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom, 2,204-square-foot Magnolia model to be the perfect fit for their young and active family.

“The layout of the home was different than any other home we saw while looking to move to Florida. We loved the spacious, open floorplan, and the detached garage connected by a breezeway adds a level of privacy that you don’t always find in residential communities,” Traci Moore said. “This home was exactly what we were looking for.”

Lennar’s single-family homes in The Arbors range from 1,982 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, to 2,462 square feet with four bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. Each home has a detached two-car garage behind the house with an open-air breezeway that connects to the home, also serving as outdoor living space.

In addition to the right floorplan, the Moores also found The Arbors to have everything they were looking for: A-rated schools for their two young children, a quick drive to their favorite place – the beach – and many dining options to satisfy their “foodie” cravings.

Each home in The Arbors is also part of Lennar’s “Everything’s Included” program. The homes come with GE stainless steel kitchen appliances, granite countertops, a high-efficiency heating and air conditioning system, and a large-capacity washer and dryer.

As construction continues, Lennar plans to build 207 homes in The Arbors, with prices starting in the high $200s for single-family homes and the high $100s for townhomes. The community’s townhomes range from 1,801 square feet to 2,466 square feet, each with three bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms and a two-car garage. Lennar also has future plans to build condos in the community.

“Wiregrass Ranch is both pleased to announce and excited to have Lennar as part of the Wiregrass Ranch family of development partners,” said Wiregrass Ranch’s J.D. Porter. “The Arbors is another community within our master planned community that will be a wonderful asset to this amazing project.”

The Arbors at Wiregrass Ranch is one of 44 Lennar communities in the Tampa Bay area. In Pasco County, Lennar is also building in Connerton, Concord Station, Lakeside, Trinity Preserve, Trinity Lakes, Briar Oaks and Meadow Pointe.

About Lennar

As one of the nation’s leading homebuilders since 1954, Lennar has extensive experience in maximizing the quality of everything it builds. Lennar’s commitment to Quality, Value and Integrity forms the underlying foundation upon which the company was built. Lennar, which operates in 17 states and over 40 markets across the nation, believes in simplifying the home buying experience by including thousands of dollars of extras in the home price, offering a great value and the latest in luxury, technology and efficiency. The entire home buying process is simplified at Lennar, with a family of companies to help with mortgage, title and insurance needs. Lennar Tampa currently builds in 44 communities in the Tampa Bay area.


(Press Release courtesy of Lennar Tampa)







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.


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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

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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