Area business leaders report on year’s activity
Economic Development Council describes gains made in the areas of business retention, workforce development and more
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.
Participants in Friday’s stakeholders breakfast put on by the Chester County Economic Development Council heard presentations regarding the business environment in the county.
Chester County Economic Development Council President and CEO Gary Smith is celebrating his 40th year with the organization.