Op/Ed: Industry partnerships the collective business solution to restoring SE PA’s economic resilience

By Carrie Anne Amann, Special to The Times Carrie Anne Amann Like the ants in Aesop’s fable, hundreds of area businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies have been working diligently for years to build a strong economic and workforce development system, which is serving the region well during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Guided by the powerful combo of the Chester County Economic Development...

Letter: Time to move Pa. toward clean energy jobs

To The Editor, The quest for Climate Change action has reached critical mass with the Global Climate Strike which took place last week.  We can’t depend on the federal government to protect our environment; let’s turn to our own state to start moving away from fossil fuels. By supporting clean energy jobs now while cutting pollution, we can empower workers in the fossil fuel industry to be part...

Turn5 celebrates new HQ opening with Gov. Wolf

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Gov. Tom Wolf answers questions from the media during his visit to Turn5’s new headquarters in Paoli. PAOLI — You may not know much about Turn5, that is if you don’t drive a Jeep, Ford Mustang or a pickup truck, but as one of Chester County’s real local business success stories, expect be hearing more in the coming years. A lot more. The company — founded...

Going Pro: The Art of Communicating

Editor’s Note: The Times’ relationship coach Nancy Plummer is now offering monthly relationship guidance for the workplace, starting with today’s entry. By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times We’ve all experienced the frustration of seeing a less qualified or less experienced colleague get the better clients, trips, bonuses or promotions. Before shrugging it off or even rushing...

Letter: Toomey is blocking job creation

To the editor: Our state has a proud history as a center of manufacturing.  Of course the economy evolves, but we have also sustained self-inflicted damage.  US taxpayers have been paying to encourage corporations to outsource their production and even to move their headquarters abroad. What sense does that make (except to the corporations, of course)? I recall a few years ago, IBM fired a lot...

Op/Ed: Chester County’s priorities for 2013

There are challenges ahead, but a collaborative county government works to the benefit of all By Ryan Costello, Chester County Commissioner Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello. The recent political landscape has, understandably, left many less than favorably impressed. I believe your Chester County government, however, has proven to be an excellent example of collaborative, productive government...

Why doesn’t your town like business?

Hostile attitude toward business growth must change to fix tax problem By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times You’ll excuse my sense of de ja vu. Back in my youth as a young reporter, the hot catch phrase for the overbuilt and tax-revenue challenged northern New Jersey suburbs was “ratables.” Ratables are a very special kind of real estate: they use little in the way of local or school district services,...