Pasco County economic development officials are busy reigniting their business start-up resources following the departure earlier this year of Krista Covey, who ran the Pasco Economic Development Council's SMARTStart business incubator in Dade City.
She has since relocated to Texas for another start-up job, prompting Pasco EDC officials to promote Andrew Romaner to serve as Dade City program director of what is now called the SMARTStart Entrepreneur Center. Romaner, an entrepreneur, has been involved in three Florida start-ups.
Pasco EDC vice president John Walsh said a second start-up incubator with a soon-to-be-named director will soon open in west Pasco to help serve that portion of the county. An earlier EDC-run incubator in New Port Richey was closed. Both new incubator directors will report to Walsh.