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Economic Development

New Port Richey, a comfortable town with a distinct old Florida feel, has long been known as the "Gateway to Tropical Florida". The City is the focal point for over 250,000 West Pasco County residents. Connected to the Gulf of Mexico, New Port Richey possesses several strategic assets that make the area perfect for many economic opportunities:

  • Diverse and affordable commercial rental space ranging from $6.00 to $12.00 per square foot, close to downtown. (Click on "Properties" to the left to see a list of available downtown properties.)
  • Strong workforce, servicing both the construction and the health care service sectors.
  • High traffic count corridors, connecting to much of Tampa Bay.   
  • Spacious public parks with plenty of free parking, including a $14 million recreation and aquatics center.
  • 6,000 square foot SmartStart business incubator.
  • Proximity to Tampa: New Port Richey is one of the many burgeoning bedroom communities spreading across Pasco County at a record pace.

These are just few of the reasons that make New Port Richey an excellent opportunity for business growth and development. Exciting things are happening in downtown New Port Richey! Click here!

Useful Links and Resources
There are many Federal programs that will help you start and grow your business. Visit this list of Key Incentives and Funding Sources.

West Pasco Chamber and New Port Richey Business Challenge

  • January 17th – Business idea submission deadline
  • January 18th – Selection process narrowing to 10 finalists
  • January 21st – 6:30 to 9:30pm, SMARTstart Incubator 5 contestants presentation and interviews
  • January 23rd – 9:00am to noon, SMARTstart Incubator 5 contestants presentation and finalist selection
  • January 28th – 3:00 to 5:00 pm Suncoast Richey Theatre finalist competition. Winners announced at Dulcet immediately after competition.

Apply Here


New Port Richey Business Incentive & Grant Program:
I. Commercial Property Facade Grant
II. Business Facade Grant
III. Commercial Leasehold Improvement Grant
IV. Upper Floor Residential Grant

• Professional occupations, tourists, eco-tourism, empty-nesters, millennial or retired.
• Workers – business lunches, after work social, and business services
• Local & Downtown Residents – essential neighborhood services

• Downtown
• Marine District – Community Hospital Area
• Highway 19 Corridor

• 50% of the cost of materials & professional contracted labor
• Maximum of $5,000
• Maximum of $10,000 per property that contains multiple storefronts

• 50% of the total project cost with no single grant exceeding $2,500
• New, expanded or relocated targeted business may receive up to 75% of the total project cost with no single grant exceeding $6,000
• Individual properties with more than one unit may receive more than one grant.

• 50% approved projects up to $7,500 per unit

Pertinent Documents:
Incentives and Grants Program Overview
Program Application

The Historic Hacienda Hotel Project Gets Underway
At its July 7, 2015 meeting, the New Port Richey City Council approved Atelier AEC's Hacienda Hotel Condition Assessment Report. An overview and recommendations for the Hacienda's renovation, plus some fascinating hotel history, can also be seen in the Atelier AEC presentation here!

Please click on the following links to see architectural renderings of the plans to restore the Hacienda Hotel's interior and exterior back to their 1920s grandeur!
Comparison Plans
Existing As-Built Drawings
Proposed Demolition Drawing
Proposed Schematic Design

New Port Richey: Thinking Toward the Future
In 2012, the City developed a Strategic Plan. This plan will enable the City to grow and expand in a planned, orderly, well-thought-out way, bringing increased quality of life to its residents and visitors.

That same year, the Community Redevelopment Agency Redevelopment Plan was adopted by the City Council. This broad-scope, far-reaching document details improvements the City desires in order to preserve its heritage, improve its appearance, and grow local businesses.

Contact Us
Mario Iezzoni, CPA CVA
Economic Development Director

City of New Port Richey
5919 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL  34652

Office: (727) 853-1019

LindaLee Roach
Senior Admin/Analyst

City of New Port Richey
5919 Main Street
New Port Richey FL 34652

Office: (727) 853-1248