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  • 02/14/2020 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Value of Pathways Coalitions

    While the skills needed in the workforce are evolving rapidly, too often the school districts, career technology centers and colleges that prepare the future workforce are not working in sync with workforce systems and business and industry partners that hire talent.

    All of these stakeholders tend to focus on the most immediate needs in front of them, but often miss opportunities to align their work across systems; stronger alignment could better prepare current and future workers and, ultimately, enhance the success of individuals, families, businesses and the larger community.

    By creating a sustainable Pathways Coalition in your region, you could help create the infrastructure that facilitates better collaboration and alignment among education, workforce systems, economic development and the broader community.

    Consultation Sessions at PEDA

    During PEDA’s 2020 Spring Legislative Conference, Hans Meeder, President of the National Center for College and Career Transitions, will be giving a keynote address focusing on key trends and dynamics in developing talent and the value of regional collaboration across these sectors.

    In addition to his keynote address, Mr. Meeder will be available to speak with regional teams about the process for creating a regional Pathways Coalition and, more generally, improving cross-sector collaboration.

    Time slots of 45 minutes, as listed below, are available for each of these regional team meetings. You can introduce your team members, ask questions of Mr. Meeder about how to get a Pathways Coalition started, how to re-engineer and reinvigorate existing efforts in your region, etc.  No advance preparation or documentation is needed, but please be prepared to talk about your region’s key industry sectors and high-priority occupations, who some of the important stakeholders are and any other information you believe would be valuable.

    Mr. Meeder will share information about how to access NC3T’s planning resources, as well as the organization’s coaching and consulting services.

     Scheduling Your Appointment

    Regional team meetings will take place at the Hilton Harrisburg. The following time slots are currently available on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 though, if demand dictates, additional meetings may be added on the morning of Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

    Appointment time slots will be assigned on a rolling basis. As spaces are reserved, PEDA will consider requestors’ preferences in an effort to best meet their needs, though no guarantees can be made. Please note that an appointment is not considered confirmed until / unless a confirmation email has been received from PEDA.

    To claim one of the appointment time slots, please email Josh Skopp at jskopp@wannerassoc.com and provide the following information.

    • From the following options, please list your “1st Choice”, “2nd Choice” and “3rd Choice” of the time slots that would definitely work for your group.

    o    Tuesday, 4/21/20             10:30 am – 11:15 am

    o    Tuesday, 4/21/20             11:30 am – 12:15 pm

    o    Tuesday, 4/21/20             1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

    o    Tuesday, 4/21/20             2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

    o    Tuesday, 4/21/20             3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

    o    Tuesday, 4/21/20             4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

    • PEDA will consider the individual requesting the appointment to be his or her team’s sole point of contact and any communications regarding this meeting will be sent to this individual. With this understanding, provide your name, job title, organization, phone number and email address.
    • Provide the names, titles, organizations and email addresses of the other individuals who will attend the meeting.
    • Please identify the region which will be represented during your meeting (e.g., South Central WIB, etc.).

    Details of these meetings are subject to change.

  • 01/29/2020 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deb Heffner

    Deb Heffner, CEcD, is the Business Outreach Director for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA). She brings over 16 years of experience to this position, along with an incredible passion for the region.

    Deb leads GRCA's Local Business Outreach initiative, which works with existing businesses to help them prosper and connect them to resources. She also serves as the primary person for all external prospect outreach, which includes attending conferences and tradeshows, relationship management and site visits. Additionally, she administers Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loans and manages their Family Business Alliance and Building Berks initiatives.

    Deb earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2016. She was awarded the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) Fellow designation, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of IAMC.  

    As a native of Berks County, Deb has stated many times that she is blessed to work on behalf of a community she loves. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Oley Valley Community Education Foundation. Deb enjoys camping and motorcycle riding with her family, and is currently working towards the goal of camping at every Pennsylvania State Park.

  • 01/03/2020 8:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In response to requests by members and partners, and in an effort to ensure the continued development of a talent pipeline within the economic development profession, PEDA is offering a one-time, discounted young professional membership promotion in 2020.

    Individuals under the age of 40 who are both new members to PEDA and who represent net new memberships to PEDA from their particular organizations are eligible for this promotion. More specifically, any organization renewing the same number and types of full price PEDA memberships in 2020 as it had in 2019 will have the opportunity to also add an additional qualifying member at a reduced rate of $ 200 for 2020.

    To determine your eligibility to take advantage of this one-time promotion or to learn more about PEDA's plans to further involve young professionals via some of the sessions and after-hours gatherings being developed for 2020 conferences, please contact PEDA at pedastaff@peda.org.

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    Notes: Individuals for whom discounted membership is requested must be eligible new members joining PEDA for 2020, who also represent net new memberships to PEDA from their particular organizations. The discounted rate only applies to the net new member's 2020 dues. After the discount period, dues renewal rates for 2021 will be at the regular rates for the specific membership type. Net new members may not be existing members. PEDA's board of directors makes all formal decisions regarding approval of membership applications. PEDA reserves the right to suspend or end this promotion at any time. Some restrictions apply. 

  • 01/02/2020 8:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In your submission, please include your name, title, organization, phone number, email address, and mailing address and send via email to PEDA at conferences@peda.org.

    • Explain your proposed session topic, title, and overview.
    • Explain what is innovative about your proposed session and topic(s) of focus.
    • Explain your presentation approach / style.
    • Describe what the key takeaways will be for conference attendees.
    • Provide any information you feel will help us better understand what you want to do as a presenter.
    • Provide name / title / organization for each of the speakers / presenters you're recommending for consideration.
  • 12/12/2019 9:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Late this spring, PEDA released the initial results of its EDC Impact Study. The study, as discussed at the time, was aimed at documenting both the effort required by our EDC community to successfully compete on a global scale and the impact that results from their efforts to serve as the cornerstone for social and business networks that propel the local economy.

    Since that time, PEDA's work with Fourth Economy Consulting and Econsult Solutions, Inc., has continued, as a full report has been developed to provide a broader understanding of the underlying processes through which the data was collected, the impacts were estimated, etc. We welcome you to review the full report (or the Executive Summary) and encourage you to share this information with legislators and key stakeholders in your communities.

  • 12/09/2019 4:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click here to access the press release.

  • 11/15/2019 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In response to requests by members and partners, and in an effort to ensure the continued development of a talent pipeline within the economic development profession, PEDA is offering a one-time, discounted young professional membership promotion in 2020.

    Individuals under the age of 40 who are both new members to PEDA and who represent net new memberships to PEDA from their particular organizations are eligible for this promotion. More specifically, any organization renewing the same number and types of full price PEDA memberships in 2020 as it had in 2019 will have the opportunity to also add an additional qualifying member at a reduced rate of $ 200 for 2020.

    To determine your eligibility to take advantage of this one-time promotion or to learn more about PEDA's plans to further involve young professionals via some of the sessions and after-hours gatherings being developed for 2020 conferences, please contact PEDA at pedastaff@peda.org.

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    Notes: Individuals for whom discounted membership is requested must be eligible new members joining PEDA for 2020, who also represent net new memberships to PEDA from their particular organizations. The discounted rate only applies to the net new member's 2020 dues. After the discount period, dues renewal rates for 2021 will be at the regular rates for the specific membership type. Net new members may not be existing members. PEDA's board of directors makes all formal decisions regarding approval of membership applications. PEDA reserves the right to suspend or end this promotion at any time. Some restrictions apply. 

  • 10/22/2019 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 10/11/2019 11:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Kathy Henderson has been Director of Economic Development for Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corp. (CCEDC) since 2014. In that time, she has counseled numerous business start-ups and new entrepreneurs, helped existing businesses to grow in the county, recruited a large medical waste processing company to the CCEDC warehouse, earned Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) certification for the CCEDC and resuscitated the Business and Education Partnership, which also organizes and runs the CCEDC's annual Hippie Run. This event raises money for scholarships for graduating seniors from each of the County's 6 school districts.

    Her work responsibilities include property management of the CCEDC's warehouse and office building. She also underwrites loan packages for the CCEDC's Small Business Expansion Loan Fund and the Carbon County Industrial Development Authority's Revolving Loan Fund.

    In 2018 she helped to facilitate Carbon County's completion of the Return on Environment Study along with Audubon Pennsylvania, and John Rogers of Keystone Conservation Trust.

    Mrs. Henderson is a member of numerous Boards, including the Northeast PA Alliance (NEPA), Commuter Services, CTC Manufacturing, Carbon/Schuylkill/Luzerne STEM Ecosystem, Lehighton Main Street Steering Committee and the Lehigh Canal and Recreation Commission (LCRC).  

    She is the vice-chair of the NEPA MPO Policy Committee, a member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber's Public Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) Advocacy Committee and Convention and Professional Standards Committee.  

    In her past life, she was a licensed Realtor in both Florida and Pennsylvania. What spare time she has she devotes to acting as the Committee Chair for her church's Boy Scout Troop and is a member of the church's audit committee. She enjoys bicycling, camping, fishing, hiking and gardening.

  • 09/25/2019 1:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Late this spring, PEDA released the initial results of its EDC Impact Study. The study, as discussed at the time, was aimed at documenting both the effort required by our EDC community to successfully compete on a global scale and the impact that results from their efforts to serve as the cornerstone for social and business networks that propel the local economy.

    Since that time, PEDA's work with Fourth Economy Consulting and Econsult Solutions, Inc., has continued, as a full report has been developed to provide a broader understanding of the underlying processes through which the data was collected, the impacts were estimated, etc. We welcome you to review the full report (or the Executive Summary) and encourage you to share this information with legislators and key stakeholders in your communities.

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