Tags : 2022

Mike Grella on the Critical Importance of Sustainability in Site

I’ve seen many changes to site selection criteria – and many constants – since I began my career as an economic development advisor and attorney in 1995. What hasn’t changed includes labor availability, infrastructure issues, proximity to customers, market risk, tax and regulatory considerations and quality of life concerns. Over the past several years, location […]Read More

From The Editor – Winter 2023

Listen to the Podcast There’s nothing like the start of a new year to inspire new ideas for yourself and your business. With that in mind, the Editorial Board and our team of writers at Evolve Magazine are excited to bring you this issue: New Year, New Business Ideas. Inside, you’ll find content that we […]Read More

Brew Buddies: How Two Best Friends Turned a Beer Passion

The founders of Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. remember a time when their first batches of beer tasted nothing like a beer they would drink, let alone sell. Long before the wild success of their brewery, Andy Sistrunk and Robbie Carelli slogged away to craft a delicious local beer they could be proud of sipping and […]Read More

A Local Love Affair with Coffee Leads to Walmart

Clay Cass knew his coffee was good when customers were walking through dirt mounds to get into his coffee shop in historic downtown DeLand. Within two years of opening his Trilogy Coffee Cafe in 2015, the city began construction right outside the cafe. With sidewalks torn up, dirt piles everywhere and construction equipment blocking entry, […]Read More

Roundtable: DeLand Finds Recipe for Entrepreneurial Success

Building a thriving local economy is a lot like baking a cake. It takes the proper mix of ingredients, attention to detail and the right conditions to make it work. In a roundtable discussion with John Guthrie, editor of EVOLVE Magazine’s Greater Daytona Region edition, DeLand economic development manager Nick Conte and West Volusia Tourism […]Read More

A Shift to the West: Deltona’s Growth Has Ignited the

West Volusia continues to grow, first on an economy and lifestyle centered around agriculture that the rich farmlands provided and now through economic development. Perhaps no city in the area showcases that surge more than Deltona. It began as a planned residential community called Deltona Lakes in 1962 and was primarily a commuter town to […]Read More