Grow tourism through policy changes

Jimmie T. Smith, Citrus County Commissioner, District 3

Most people support tourism in the county, let's admit it that when others come here and spend their money it helps create jobs and benefits our community, so why not support it.

Duke Energy Foundation increases Hurricane Irma relief contributions to $1 million

Duke Energy LogoST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- To assist its communities, customers and neighbors devastated by Hurricane Irma, Duke Energy today increased its contribution to relief agencies to $1 million.

Donations include those distributed to United Way of Citrus County.

October is Business Appreciation Month

The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday acknowledged the importance of the businesses in Citrus County by designating October 2017 as Business Appreciation Month.

In so doing, commissioners formally recognized the role business has played in the community, as well as the efforts of the employees of county businesses in providing many of the services needed by county residents.

Who to call when dealing with trees, limbs and powerlines

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has no regulatory authority over power companies providing services in Citrus County.

The Florida Public Services Commission (PSC) regulates power companies in Florida. 

Trees and limbs in proximity to power lines are the jurisdiction of the power company, and the power company makes decisions regarding the cutting/trimming of trees and limbs. Questions on tree cutting and trimming should be addressed to your power provider.

The contact numbers for power providers in Citrus County are as follows:

Business damage assessment survey

Businesses asked to identify Irma damage; Survey to help with disaster relief efforts

CLM logoOCALA, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Businesses damaged by Hurricane Irma in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region are encouraged to complete a Business Damage Assessment survey.

The survey will help the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) identify needs and the extent of assistance for impacted businesses.

How to become pro-business

Many people have said “we need you to get business here” and they assume that there is a list of companies we can call and work with to get businesses​, to come.
But the challenges that go into getting business here and being pro-business are many, from workforce issues, workforce housing, taxation and the struggles of getting through the process of government.


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