WHAT IS THE ZEDC?
Charting a New Course
To achieve meaningful economic development the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will administer the newly formed 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 each founding partner while each partner offers 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 midst 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. zephyrhillschamber.org or (813) 782-1913
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