Pasco aims to seize on RNC opportunity
LUTZ - More than 50,000 visitors, 5,000 convention delegates and alternates, and 15,000 media representatives are expected to attend the Republican National Convention next week. To take full advantage of this opportunity, Pasco Economic Development Council will partner with Front Row Tampa Bay for a live four-day web streaming broadcast to highlight economic opportunities in the county, said John Hagen, president and CEO of PEDC. The county's economic developers wanted to be ready for the RNC, Hagen said. "Eco-tourism is top notch," he said. Attractions include Skydive City in Zephyrhills and the Giraffe Ranch in Dade City."Hidden gems" in Pasco include Dais Analytic, Hagen said. The Trinity-based firm uses nanotechnology to meet the growth in demand for water and energy around the globe. Artix Entertainment LLC, a video game development firm started by a teen, now has more than 40 employees and 110 million users worldwide. The Front Row platform will help showcase local companies as a marketing cooperative effort, Hagen said. The Pasco area offers "many of the primary drivers in the new economy," Hagen said. County leaders will take part in interactive business panels, Hagen said, that will "let a national audience know about the advantages of moving a business to Pasco County." Thousands of acres, Interstate 75 access and a large talent pool appealed to companies such as St. Petersburg based Raymond James, which has plans to build an office complex in the Wesley Chapel area. "By working collaboratively with regional partners to brand the area as one cohesive region," Hagen said, "Pasco County will maximize the impact of the Republican National Convention."