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Welcome to West Pasco County, Florida. . .

West Pasco County, situated on the state's glorious Gulf coast, also provides an energetic business community and stable economic environment. Small-town charm emanates from West Pasco's coastal cities while its location in the Tampa Bay area offers visitors and residents all the amenities of big city life. Residents of the area welcome newcomers and visitors with warm southern hospitality. West Pasco county is proud of its good schools, safe neighborhoods and variety of community and cultural events along with diverse recreational activities. Our Chamber of Commerce is vitally involved with the support and recruitment of businesses that broaden the area's economic base. It sponsors and organizes a number of community programs and assists with events, some of which are the largest in the area, like Chasco Fiesta.

The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce also represents local business interests at the state and "federal government levels, and this publication is just one example of the numerous cooperative ventures between the Chamber and our business community. We extend a heartfelt "thank you" to those businesses and companies whose messages appear on the following pages. Their support "illustrates the active role played by the public and private sectors in West Pasco's well-being.

We invite you, your family, and your business to explore the West Pasco options just waiting to show you why life and commerce on the coast of the gleaming Gulf offers sublime qualities of life and exciting business opportunities. Known as the Gateway to Tropical Florida, West Pasco county offers a sunny Florida lifestyle as attractive as the natural environment. The tranquil Pithlachascotee (Cotee) River flows through West Pasco. This area originally served as a retreat for stars of the silent film era. Today, West Pasco is a pleasant paradox, exuding small town charm while fostering economic prosperity.

Pasco was formed from Hernando County in 1887 and was named for a famous Florida senator and statesman, Samuel Pasco. Abundant fertile soil and large tracts of open acreage along with citrus groves and cattle and horse ranches provided the primary source of commerce in the early days.

Today's diversified, pro-business environment promotes a stable yet progressive economy. With the assistance of the Pasco Economic Development Council, vigorous support and guidance is offered to both new and established businesses. With an ample supply of natural resources and land, West Pasco continues to grow and develop its potential with the cooperation of government and community leaders. There is no state income tax in Florida. Nearly twenty different banks with over fifty locations and five credit unions provide the efficient, friendly service newcomers and residents require.

West Pasco offers the right environment for business with its excellent proximity to Tampa, Orlando and other southeastern markets. Businesses are invited to take advantage of the many services offered through the Pasco Economic Development Council such as the various Enterprise Florida programs that assist business growth through specialized training and expansion funding. During your leisure hours, any number of recreational sites and resources are open for your exploration and enjoyment. Walt Disney World, in Orlando, is only an hour and a half north east, while the white, sandy beaches of Clearwater are thirty minutes to the south. Get "wild" at Busch Gardens, boasting one of the nation's foremost zoos in nearby Tampa, or enjoy an exciting afternoon at Tropicana Field, attending a Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball game, in St. Petersburg just an hour south of West Pasco.

The arts are a valuable asset to any community contributing beauty, diversity, cultural productivity and economic stimulation. West Pasco is the proud home of the Pasco Arts Council. Its galleries host a number "of challenging and intriguing exhibitions yearly. An hour south, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in downtown Tampa offers entertaining musicals, ballets and nationally recognized performing artists.

Accept our sincere invitation to join us in Pasco. Only in our unique communities of New Port Richey, Dade City, Zephyrhills, St. Leo and Port Richey will you find the delightful combination of small town hospitality and metropolitan opportunity. Relax along the banks of the Cotee River or peer out into the crystal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and visualize your brilliant future in the "Gateway to Tropical Florida!"