Area busi­ness lead­ers re­port on year’s ac­tiv­ity

Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil de­scribes gains made in the ar­eas of busi­ness re­ten­tion, work­force de­vel­op­ment and more

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian McCul­lough bm­c­cul­lough@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @wc­dai­ly­lo­cal on Twit­ter

Area busi­ness lead­ers gath­ered for a year in review from the Ch­ester County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil.

EAST WHITE­LAND >> Ch­ester County busi­ness lead­ers gath­ered Fri­day at the Des­mond Ho­tel for a year in review from the Ch­ester County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil.

Much of the dis­cus­sion at the break­fast meet­ing at­tended by hun­dreds cen­tered on how busi­ness ac­tiv­ity is align­ing with the county’s Vista 2025 plan­ning strat­egy.

Speak­ers went over five main ar­eas of con­cerns ad­dressed in the plan­ning doc­u­ment: qual­ity of place, be­ing a mag­net for tal­ent, ex­pand­ing busi­ness at­trac­tion and re­ten­tion ef­forts, es­tab­lish­ing an in­no­va­tion cul­ture and sup­port­ing crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture projects.

The coun­cil last year started a “What’s So Cool About Man­u­fac­tur­ing” video con­test to in­ter­est area high school stu­dents in the field. This year, the pro­gram will be done at the mid­dle school level to put man­u­fac­tur­ing on stu­dents’ radar screens ear­lier as a ca­reer choice.

BRIAN MCCUL­LOUGH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Par­tic­i­pants in Fri­day’s stake­hold­ers break­fast put on by the Ch­ester County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil heard pre­sen­ta­tions re­gard­ing the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment in the county.

BRIAN MCCUL­LOUGH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Ch­ester County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil Pres­i­dent and CEO Gary Smith is cel­e­brat­ing his 40th year with the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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