PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association


  • 04/20/2020 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A COVID-19 Supplement to the April 2020 Advocacy report, provided by Alex Rahn of Wanner Associates, is now available on the Members Only Legislative Reports page of PEDA’s website. Please use your membership credentials to gain access.

  • 04/14/2020 12:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A COVID-19 Supplement to the April 2020 Advocacy report, provided by Alex Rahn of Wanner Associates, is now available on the Members Only Legislative Reports page of PEDA’s website. Please use your membership credentials to gain access.

  • 04/03/2020 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The April 2020 Advocacy report, provided by Alex Rahn of Wanner Associates, is now available on the Members Only Legislative Reports page of PEDA’s website. Please use your membership credentials to gain access.

  • 03/31/2020 2:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Michael Grigalonis

    Many of our organizations have been around for 60 years and, perhaps never in our collective histories, have we been more important in our communities. The unemployment numbers are staggering, exceeding historic highs by 5x. Our business community is devastated and the uncertainty of when we return to "normal" makes things that much worse. The pressure is on us as economic developers and we have no choice but to deliver!

    Sending a "letter from the President" seems so trivial and meaningless at the moment, however, I did think it was important to remind you that PEDA is a resource to you and is available to support whatever needs you may have. If and when things settle down just a little bit, Josh and I discussed a teleconference among our members to share experiences and exchange best practices around COVID. We are all consumed with triage and emergency efforts, currently, but things will eventually slow down and it will be refreshing to take a few moments to learn from each other.  

    I do owe you an introduction to our new Government Affairs representative at Wanner (Alex Rahn), but will wait for a more appropriate and less busy time so we can give him a proper introduction and welcome. He's been tremendously helpful, thus far, and making sure leadership in Harrisburg is aware of the critical role played by PEDA members.

    Here are just a few quick updates for you regarding PEDA's day to day operations: 

    • Members of PEDA staff are working remotely, but are available by phone and email.
    • PEDA's government relations team is actively engaged with state legislators in the pursuit of funding to assist the economic development community during the current crisis and in the days that follow. Information will be shared as it's available, but it is critical that PEDA members maintain engagement with their legislators to educate on the impact of our efforts and to advocate for the resources necessary to help our communities survive and thrive.
    • Due to the compacted schedules we'll all experience, as spring events are pushed to the summer and fall, PEDA will not hold a live 2020 series of regional meetings. Instead, as mentioned previously, other opportunities (e.g., teleconference) will be sought to convene discussions of PEDA members.

    As always, we welcome any thoughts or ideas on how PEDA can add value to your organization. In the meantime, I wish you the best as you deal with the economic crisis in your community.

  • 03/18/2020 12:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The March 2020 Advocacy report, provided by Alex Rahn of Wanner Associates, is now available on the Members Only Legislative Reports page of PEDA’s website. Please use your membership credentials to gain access.

  • 03/17/2020 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It has come to our attention that at least a few members of PEDA have recently received emails, purported to be from PEDA President Mike Grigalonis, requesting gift card codes or donations. Although these emails may appear to be legitimate, they are a scam.  

    It appears the sender of these emails harvested information from the public-facing Board of Directors page of PEDA's website and then used it to create fake email accounts that appear to be associated with Mike. In some cases, the email addresses had no apparent connection to Mike or his organization while, in others, the email address used referenced his name, but used a random domain (i.e., not To the best of our knowledge, the only recipients of these emails were Board members whose contact information was listed on the same public-facing page. With this said, other public-facing pages of the website - which could be targeted in the same way - include those with contact information for PEDA committee chairs and staff. 

    While some scam emails may be apparent, others may be more difficult to identify. There is also a tendency to see an increased incidence of scams during times of crisis. There are numerous online resources that provide guidance for recognizing fraudulent emails. If you receive an unsolicited email or request that you consider suspicious, please exercise caution and ensure the authenticity of the message through other channels.  

  • 03/16/2020 1:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PEDA 2020 Spring Legislative Conference - Postponed 

    In the interest of the health and safety of its members, partners, guests and the entire community, PEDA has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Spring Legislative Conference.

    PEDA is currently exploring the feasibility of an alternative set of dates for this event, even if it means holding a modified version of the conference. As due diligence is conducted and a determination has been made, a follow-up email will be sent to provide you with additional details.

    Thank you for your understanding, please keep an eye out for follow-up communications from PEDA and, above all, be well.

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

    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.

    In addition to his keynote address, Mr. Meeder will be available to speak with regional teams about talent and skills development, the process for creating regional coalitions and, more generally, improving 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 coalition started, how to re-engineer and reinvigorate existing efforts in your region, etc. These meetings will be skills focused and, though no advance preparation or documentation is needed, 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.

    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 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.
      • Tuesday, 4/21/20             10:30 am – 11:15 am
      • Tuesday, 4/21/20             11:30 am – 12:15 pm
      • Tuesday, 4/21/20             1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
      • Tuesday, 4/21/20             2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
      • Tuesday, 4/21/20             3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
      • 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.).
    Note: PEDA continually strives to engage subject matter experts in areas of interest and import to our members and partners. With these meetings focusing on regions’ key industry sectors, high priority occupations and opportunities to improve collaboration, it is important to also recognize the impactful work being done through the Commonwealth’s Next Generation Industry Partnerships (Next Gen IPs). Through Next Gen IPs, businesses are partnering to build stronger, more competitive industries through training, networking, recruitment and collaboration to raise career and industry awareness. More information regarding Next Gen IPs can be found here.

    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


    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. 

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