Local Leaders Funnel Thousands Into Top Careers

Career seekers inside Penn State Great Valley's conference center.

Chester County’s top talent is quickly finding its way into the area’s best careers thanks to a public funnel of awareness, education and assistance.

More than 3,300 students, 1,250 employees and 500 dislocated workers in nearly 300 companies have stepped up to the rigors of today’s global economy over the past year through a partnership between the Chester County Economic Development Council, the Chester County Workforce Development Board and colleges like Penn State Great Valley.

Gary Smith, CEO and President of the CCEDC.

“Workforce development is economic development,” CCEDC President and CEO Gary W. Smith said.

That funnel is fueling the VISTA2025 generation of local growth by fine-tuning the training, pipeline development, recruiting, hiring strategies and business services of Chester County’s key economic players: advanced manufacturing, information technology and communications, healthcare, energy and agriculture.

“It is that continued commitment to public/private partnerships that makes Chester County a standout in our commerce, culture and community efforts,” Smith added.

Read more about the CCEDC’s vital work to prepare the workforce of tomorrow in VISTA Today’s coverage of its annual review here.

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