CCEDC Gathers County Business and Community Leaders for Annual Stakeholders Breakfast at the Desmond

Written by: Lance Knickerbocker

For the sixth time in as many years, the Chester County Economic Development Council gathered professionals from all over Chester County to receive and review the council’s annual report.

The Stakeholders Breakfast, which was held at the Desmond Hotel, is widely respected among Chester County residents as more or less a “state of the county” briefing.

And the news delivered Friday morning was resoundingly positive: Chester County’s scenic beauty, excellent educational institutions, companies, and emerging tech startups remain unmatched anywhere in the region.

“We all know Chester County is a great place to live and work. The reason for that is because of all of you,” Gary W. Smith said, addressing attendees.

“It’s the people who work here that make Chester County such a vibrant county.”

For a couple hours, business and community leaders spoke of success and growth. From the county’s enviable low unemployment rate, it’s bustling boroughs, to the challenges of developing a workforce to meet the needs of the future.

Gary Smith

Gary Smith, president & CEO of Chester County Economic Development Council kicks off Friday’s Stakeholders Breakfast.

The mornings’ speakers included:

  • F. William Bogle – CCEDC Board Chairman, Chairman of Genesis Packaging Technologies
  • Gary W. Smith – CCEDC President and CEO
  • Commissioner Michelle Kichline who is also VISTA2025 co-chair
  • David Spinelli – President and CEO of ANRO, Inc.
  • Mike Grigalonis – CCEDC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Wiaan De Beer – Video Production Teacher at Henderson High School
  • Alisa Jones – President and CEO at La Comunidad Hispana
  • Vince Liuzzi – Executive Vice President & Chief Banking Officer at DNB First Bank
  • Marybeth DiVincenzo – Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Office for CCEDC
  • Kourtney Caspersen – Business Analyst and Project Manager at Omega Design Corporation
  • Russ Daniels – Senior Manager, Product Marketing HomeNet Automotive
  • Jim Horn – President and CEO at Tri-M Group, LLC and Co-chair of the Route 1 Corridor InitiativeYou can view the CCEDC’s 2015-2016 Annual Report online over at the CCEDC’s website right here and watch a video summing up the county’s economic progress below.


    Lance Knickerbocker

    Lance Knickerbocker has been the Editor at VISTA Today since 2014. He loves volunteering, reading, and helping businesses, nonprofits, and people become better storytellers. 214-264-8788

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