Yee-haw! PEDC plans NetFest roundup for VIPs
ODESSA - Many of the movers and shakers in Pasco County will be saddling up for the 11th annual NetFest on Wednesday. Some 250 “pardners” galloped over to Starkey Ranch for the networking roundup in recent years. John Hagen and his Pasco Economic Development Council crew will ride herd over the festivities with a Western theme 5-8 p.m. at the ranch at 12959 S.R. 54 in Odessa. VIPs can don their cowboy hats and slip on their best jeans for a casual night of food, drink, music, and rubbing elbows with fellow business, community and political leaders, PEDC officials explain.Best of all, the outdoor, casual event is intended to be just plain fun, without speeches, awards or master of ceremony. New will be a pig roast and a microbrew tasting with Tampa Bay Brewers, including Big Storm and Saint Somewhere, said Summer Martin, PEDC’s marketing and events coordinator. The Tampa Tribune and TBO are the main Cattle Baron sponsor of NetFest this year. Also ponying up support were Trail Boss Sponsors Heidt Design LLC, Lend Lease Construction, Inc., Trinity Club Apartments and Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative. Other supporters include ABC Supply, Ballywho Social, BayCare Behavioral Health and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Bill Law Builders, ChappellRoberts, Clearwater Gas System, Coastal Design Consultants, IHill Ward Henderson, PA, Pasco-Hernando Community College, Professional Service Industries, Prudential Commercial Real Estate FL, Stantec, Starkey Land Company LLC, Suncoast Employment Village and ValleyCrest Landscape. “This year we’re pullin’ out all the stops,” Martin wrote on the PEDC website. “So, throw on your blue jeans, round up your plaid shirt and grab your cowboy hat. Join us for a night of food, drink, music and parlayin’ with business and community leaders. Just good plain fun, country music, and BBQ.” The cost is $35 for PEDC investors and guests or $45 for non-members. The cost includes the barbecue buffet and two drink tickets. Reservations are due by Monday. For information and reservations, call (888) 60-PASCO. Or go to the PEDC website.