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Pasco EDC President and CEO Bill Cronin says the county is still on the radar of companies looking for a place to do business.

LAND O’LAKES — Pasco County continues to draw the interest of those who want to do business here and the county stands ready to greet them.

That was the message delivered by Pasco Economic Development Council President and CEO Bill Cronin as he presented the private nonprofit organization’s quarterly report to the County Commission during its Feb. 4 meeting.

Cronin said there are 43 active projects in the “Project Pipeline,” with 22 of those being in the manufacturing industry. The next two industries on the list are involved in information technology and transportation-warehousing.

There are what are three “successes” in the pipeline that are providing 225 new jobs in the county and a capital investment of $15,580,000.

The EDC’s goal, Cronin said, is to add 1,000 jobs with a total capital investment of $90 million.

The EDC, he added, will also continue to cultivate relationships through primary industry visits “in order to identify growth opportunities and impediments to growth, collect data and identify trends, and identify gaps in current program resources.”

Cronin said the EDC is introducing primary target industry employers to relevant training programs as well as introducing Pasco companied to statewide, regional and local service providers such as CareerSource, AmSKills, and WorkforceCONNECT.

The county is also getting significant public relations help as the EDC estimated over $1.19 million in earned media value over the past year.

Cronin said the SMARTstart program, which assists small businesses with loans, has been successful in creating 189 jobs since the program’s inception.

In order to maintain the needed workforce, the WorkforceCONNECT program has increased the number of businesses participating in training programs and is assisting workforce training providers in creating new and enhanced educational programs.