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Kate Baganski

As Grants Consultant, Kate manages environmental grants and construction grants for CCEDC, CCIDA, and their clients. Most specifically, she brings to the table her knowledge and experience of navigating the intricacies of various economic development state grants including the Commonwealth’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants, Industrial Site Reuse (ISR) grants, Business in our Sites (BOS) grants, as well as a few federal grants.

She assists CCEDC and CCIDA’s clients by helping them understand the different types of environmental, construction, and economic development grants and how the grant programs are applicable to their projects, by fulfilling the grant’s individual paperwork requirements or by instructing clients how to complete the paperwork requirements themselves and by providing liaison support linking clients with State or Federal employees.

Kate has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Scranton and a Masters Degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University.  Prior to CCEDC, she worked for 9 years at an environmental consulting firm performing the QA/QC data validations and laboratory auditing.  Outside of work, Kate currently spends her time volunteering for the Phoenixville YMCA swim team and spending time with her family. 

Marianne Stack

Marianne Stack is a Project Director for the Chester County Economic Development Council’s technology initiatives, the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG) industry partnership and the Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n). In this role she provides leadership and oversight to ITAG, building strategies to help regional technology companies grow and succeed through the collaboration of private employers, educators, and public partners. In support of i2n, Marianne leads the PA Keystone Innovation Zone tax credit program for Chester and Delaware Counties which includes certifying companies for eligibility, ensuring program compliance, assessing company needs and connecting these early-stage and technology-driven companies with resources they need.

Prior to joining CCEDC in 2012, Marianne served as project engineer for several civil engineering firms with a focus in land development. Marianne earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Villanova University as well as her Professional Engineer’s License.

Being detail oriented, highly organized and having the ability to successfully multitask has been an asset professionally as well as in managing a large, active family. Marianne is an active member of the Saints Philip and James School Board of Limited Jurisdiction.

Kathleen Nader

Kathleen manages the day-to-day operations and acts as the primary liaison with users of the facility.  She develops and implements programs to ensure that the organization has the most suitable working environment for its employees and their activities.

In addition, Kathleen oversees all of the Council’s external vendors, as well as supervises any office renovations and construction projects. Kathleen also manages the CCEDC’s IT and communications infrastructure and support.

Kathleen and her family moved to Chester County in 1996 and raised two children with her husband of 30 years. She serves as a volunteer food drive coordinator for Chester County Food Bank and volunteer drive coordinator for the American Red Cross.

Jim Lauckner

Jim Lauckner is the Senior Project Consultant for two of CCEDC’s Industry Partnerships –  the Smart Energy Initiative (SEI) and the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware counties (MACCDC), as well as the Hire One Initiative which is focused on helping companies with their recruiting and hiring needs. Jim helps to lead these initiatives as they pursue their missions to bring together business, education, economic development and industry entities. 

Jim’s focus is to help create programs, training, and consulting opportunities that leverage public and private resources to build funds and sustain the IPs while growing the industries as a whole.  Outreach for all of these programs is always open, and while often designed for CCEDC investors, the programs look to be regional or broader where needed.  He represents the IP’s leadership to the public both locally and nationally.  Working with County and CareerLink staff Jim has given several webinars to help Job Seekers and Employers connect more effectively during the pandemic.

Jim has been with CCEDC for 10 years and has over 17 years of experience as owner of J*Lis Management Consulting.  Consulting with the healthcare, manufacturing and pharmaceutical and tech  industries resulted in improved hiring and recruiting processes. Jim has a Bachelor of Arts degree from La Salle University in Psychology.  He volunteered almost 30 years on the Alumni Board of La Salle University and continues in their Chester County Alumni Club.  Jim has coached youth soccer for over 20 years, as well as the Olympic Development Program for the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA), and the Football Club of Delaware County (FC Delco).  He also coaches Little League Baseball for Glenmoore Eagle Youth Association (GEYA).

Kathy Field

Kathy Field began her career at the Chester County Economic Development Council as Gary Smith’s Executive Assistant in September of 2001. Her role expanded throughout the years and she is currently Special Projects Director in the Development Office with primary responsibility for fundraising and managing the CCEDC’s three main events: Business Achievement Awards Dinner, Golf Outing and Stakeholders Breakfast. Since 2006, she has raised approximately $2.8 million.

In addition, Kathy manages the board of directors at CCEDC, as well as the Chester County Industrial Development Authority and the Central and Western Industrial Development Authority. She also oversees the Chester County Commercial Industrial Council and their board of directors. Her vast knowledge of the organization gives her the ability to lead clients to the source of their inquiry. In addition, the relationships she has established in the business community, organizational skills and ability to multitask are the cornerstones of her business career.

Prior to joining CCEDC, Kathy was the Marketing Director for an Exton based architectural firm.

As Kathy likes to refer to as her “first career,” she enjoyed working at the University of Pennsylvania where she pursued a degree at The Wharton School.

Kathy and her husband Mike have been married for over 35 years and have four adult children. She is MeMom to three adorable granddaughters. Kathy enjoys relaxing on the beach with a good book.