PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Member Spotlight - Mike Grigalonis

08/20/2019 11:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Michael Grigalonis serves as the Chester County Economic Development Council's Chief Operating Officer.  Since 2004 when Michael first assumed this role, the CCEDC has grown significantly adding 15 staff members and increasing the operating budget by 50%.  New initiatives were launched including the Economic Development Partners Initiative (municipal services and community development), HireOne (a job matching effort for dislocated professionals), and they Ideas x Innovation Network (formerly Keystone Innovation Zone).  Michael's day to day responsibilities include managing the staff, the budgets, and interacting with the board and its numerous sub-committees.
Michael originally joined the CCEDC in 1999 as a Program Manager. During his time as Program Manager, Michael initiated and grew several successful programs to assist Chester County's business community. These programs still exist today and include: The Information Technology Action Group (ITAG) to address labor issues facing the IT industry; the Chester County International Business Council to assist companies with their export strategies; The Banking Workforce Consortium to train incumbent bank employees and recruit new commercial lenders; and the Workforce Partners to facilitate communication among the County's key workforce development service providers.
Prior to joining the Development Council, Michael was employed in the Medical Affairs Department of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Radnor, PA.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Ithaca College in 1995 and an MBA from Villanova University in 1998.

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