‘Economic Trends in Bucks and the Region’ highlight forum
At the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Forum, attendees had the opportunity to hear a panel of business leaders share their perspective and expertise on the economy, along with their own proven strategies for success. Moderated by Bucks County Commissioner Rob Loughery, Craig Baclit (Patch Management Inc., Pothole Killers), Todd Buch (McCafferty Auto Group), Ron Davis ( PARu Casino C Racing), Sean Galt (Thompson Networks), and Liz Walsh (Bucks County WIB/CareerLink) all gave their views on the “Economic Trends in Bucks County and the Region.”
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Good Friends, Inc. is a residential treatment program for adult men recovering from substance dependency, including those with a co-occurring psychiatric disorder. Established in 1977, Good Friends, Inc. is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide comprehensive and quality behavioral health services conducive to personal growth.
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Good Friends, Inc. was nominated by Jessica Sweeney of First Federal of Bucks County.
From left, Dan Bates (LBCCC), Commissioner Rob Loughery and Susan Rosner (Calder Associates/ LBCCC Chairperson of the Board) with Economic Forum panelists Todd Buch (McCafferty Auto Group), Ron Davis (PARX Casino & Racing), Craig Baclit (Patch Management Inc., Pothole Killers), Sean Galt (Thompson Networks), and Liz Walsh (Bucks County WIB/CareerLink).
Susan Rosner (Calder Associates/LBCCC Chairperson of the Board) and Dan Bates (LBCCC) congratulate Ted Millard, Executive Director of Good Friends, Inc. on the organization receiving the 2012 Economic Development Award.