PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Workforce Development: Best Practices in Partnerships

  • 01/29/2014
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Online Webinar (Log-in credentials will be provided to registrants in advance of the session.)


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This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).


Preparing today’s workforce for in-demand jobs is a key component in the fight to rebuild Pennsylvania’s economy.  Strong partnerships between industry and organizations focused on workforce development are essential if the workplace needs of employers and employees are to be effectively met.

This program will address common challenges and pitfalls associated with building and maintaining strong partnerships in the world of workforce development while laying out a step-by-step blueprint through which the successful development of multi-organization partnerships can be achieved.  This approach, which is based on best practices utilized by successful Pennsylvania economic development organizations, will include the use of case studies as well as discussion of several key elements ranging from the identification of partners to relationship building and definition of roles to strategic planning and, of course, information sharing and communication.  In line with the motto of our presenters, practitioners must plan, implement, fine tune and then repeat in order to consistently meet the needs of our community’s workforces.

Professionals who will benefit from this session include, but are not limited to, economic development professionals, individuals whose responsibilities include any aspect of workforce development such as consensus-building, educational or industry partnerships, relationship management, etc.  Also benefiting are those interested in gaining a stronger understanding of best practices in this area of subject matter or simply finding new value for clients.


Amy Sheaffer Wise, CEcD, is Executive Director of Huntingdon County Business and Industry, Inc. (HCBI).  She joined the HCBI staff in 2007 as the Director of Business Development.  Today she is the Executive Director and is responsible for serving as the staff coordinator in fulfilling the initiative and goals of HCBI.  She is also responsible for assisting in retention, relocation, and expansion of local businesses as well as aiding entrepreneurs to start a business.  Her position is to be the main conduit for businesses to apply for state and federal funding to aid business growth.  Amy also works closely with multiple local agencies toward the goals of workforce development and infrastructure growth.

Believing economic development is a community goal, Amy serves on numerous community committees and boards including Junior Achievement, Huntingdon County Partnership for Economic Progress, Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board and Rural Transportation Committee, Route 22 Tri-County Task Force, PEDA Professional Development Committee and the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee.

In 2012, she completed the International Economic Development Council’s Certified Economic Development Professional Program (CEcD) and has been recognized twice by Pennsylvania Business Central Journal’s Foremost under 40 group.  She has also earned certified through the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association.  Prior to joining the HCBI team, Amy worked for Aflac and Cisney & O'Donnell, Professional Remodelers/Customer Builders.  She earned a bachelor’s of science from Millersville University in Business Administration, focusing in marketing and management.

Helen Pyzowski is the Business Services Coordinator for the PA CareerLink Huntingdon County. Helen started her career in the health care field as a rehabilitation nurse. Her career path has branched out to include over 16 years of experience in Human Resource and Workforce Development. She received her National Workforce Professional 3 Certification in 2005.  Her membership to professional and community organizations include: Leadership Blair County, Leadership Huntingdon County, Huntingdon County Partners for Economic Progress, Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Advisor Board of Dubois Business College, Huntingdon County Business and Industry Board of Directors, Huntingdon Career & Tech Center Advisory Council.  Awards/Honors: 2010 Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, Pennsylvania Business Central Top 100 People, Huntingdon County Chamber Athena Award Winner 2011, Pennsylvania Business Central Woman Making a Difference 2012.

Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Workforce Development) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

*Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer


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