New leadership for Chester County Economic Development Council’s Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n)

Patrick Hayakawa, director of the Chester County Economic Development Council’s Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n), presents Michael S. Harrington with the Golden Hammer Award. Since 2013, Harrington has served as board chair of i2n, a public-private partnership that serves life sciences and advanced technology companies. Just in time for its 10th anniversary, the leading support network for early-stage,...

Column: Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing county shares what it’s learning from expanded data collection

By Gary Smith, President & CEO, Chester County Economic Development Council  & Michael Grigalonis, COO & EVP, Chester County Economic Development Council Gary Smith Chester County is projected to be the fastest growing county in southeastern Pennsylvania, with growth of more than 25% anticipated by 2050. With a 2020 population of just over half a million people, the county is expected...

McErlane inducted into Chesco Business Hall of Fame

More than 300 of the region’s top business leaders were in attendance as James E. McErlane (center), Senior Partner and Founding Member of Lamb McErlane PC, was inducted into the Chester County Business Hall of Fame by the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) Wednesday night. The award was presented by CCEDC Board Chair Craig A. Styer (left) and CCEDC President and CEO Gary Smith (right). More...

Businesses asked to participate in reopening survey

Chester County businesses, from small companies to Fortune 500s, are being urged to participate in the Chester County Business Reopening Survey. “What are companies’ current COVID policies, what are their staffing challenges and their post-pandemic plans? The sooner we receive responses to this survey, the sooner we can share the data with Chester County businesses so they can benchmark what peers...

Morgan Truck Body to hold hiring event at Coatesville City Hall, April 10

Manufacturing assemblers at Morgan Truck Body. The City of Coatesville, in partnership with Morgan Truck Body and the Chester County Economic Development Council’s Hire One Initiative, has announced a job fair Saturday, April 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Coatesville City Hall, One City Place. Inspired by the successful collaboration between the City of Coatesville and Urban Outfitters last...

Victory co-founded to be inducted into Chesco Business Hall of Fame

Victory Brewing Company co-founders Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet will be inducted into the Chester County Business Hall of Fame by the Chester County Economic Development Council during a free livestream event that all businesses can attend on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12pm EXTON — For the first time ever, the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) is providing free access for all...

Rylke named Marketing Director for CCEDC

Leslie Rylke EXTON — Leslie Rylke has been named Marketing and Creative Services Manager for the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC), a private, non-profit, economic development organization promoting smart growth that’s headquartered in Exton, PA. Since joining the CCEDC in August 2013, Rylke has been charged with communicating the value, benefit and impact of the organization,...

Survey: Business owners bullish on Chesco economy

WEST CHESTER — It appears that small business in Chester County is pretty bullish on the economic future of the county, based on a new survey released Tuesday by the county commissioners and a county economic development group. The Chester County Board of Commissioners and the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC), announced at Tuesday’s Commissioners’ Sunshine Meeting, the results...

Musser to be inducted into Chesco Biz Hall of Fame

W. Thomas Musser W. Thomas Musser transformed the two-man electrical contracting company he founded with his brother in 1964 into one of the leading electrical solutions providers in the eastern U.S., serving the likes of DuPont, JP Morgan Chase, Comcast, and Halliburton. In honor of his accomplishments, Musser, who is Chairman of The Tri-M Group, LLC (Kennett Square), will be inducted into the Chester...

Hundreds of local girls explore tech futures

NBC10 news anchor and reporter Rosemary Connors explores robotics with the Downingtown Area Robotics Team Sab-BOT-age, participants in the FIRST Robotics Competition. More than 700 girls in fifth through tenth grades from more than 100 schools across the region had the chance to work with women role models to do everything from build rockets, design roller coasters, create mobile apps, extract DNA...