Press Release: Public Invited to “Manufacturing in Adams County” Event

October 31 Event to Highlight Manufacturing Industry’s Value, Challenges, Future

GETTYSBURG, PA (October 18, 2017) – Business and community leaders are invited to a free roundtable discussion including lunch, focused on Adams County’s top industry—manufacturing—on Tuesday, October 31 at the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC)—Gettysburg campus. The event is planned by “Advantage Adams” partners—Adams Economic Alliance (AEA), the Adams County Office of Planning and Development, Destination Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce.

“Manufacturing employs more Adams Countians than any other industry, and is one of five growth industries in Adams County,” says Robin Fitzpatrick, AEA President. “Our goals for the October 31 event are to educate business and community leaders on the value manufacturing brings to our economy, to share challenges and questions regarding manufacturing, and to generate discussion that leads to a stronger, healthier Adams County economy.”

Nearly 20% of Adams County’s workforce is employed in manufacturing, according to the latest data from Jobs EQ. The average manufacturing wage in Adams County is $47,325, above the median Adams County wage averaged from all industries, $38,962. According to Fitzpatrick, manufacturing, along with agriculture and tourism, comprise Adams County’s top three industries.

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Featured speakers for “Manufacturing in Adams County” include:

  • Mike Granby of Red Lion Controls, global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking. Granby will highlight industry trends and provide an overview of the future of manufacturing.
  • Tom Palisin of The Manufacturers’ Association, York, whose mission is to help meet the workforce needs of manufacturers to enable them to be more productive, competitive and profitable in an ever-changing and increasingly challenging global marketplace. Palisin will discuss opportunities available to help manufacturers grow and compete.
  • Leigh Ann Wilson of MANTEC, a leading manufacturing consultant to South Central Pennsylvania manufacturers. Wilson will present marketing ideas to Adams County manufacturers.
  • Lauren Holubec of Harrisburg Area Community College will discuss educational opportunities and industry partnerships.

The public is welcome to RSVP for the October 31 event online (manufacturerspanel.eventbrite.com ) or by calling the Chamber at 717-334-8151. The event is scheduled from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, with lunch being served at 11:30, and the discussion beginning at 12 noon. Tours of HACC’s Mechatronics Lab are available before and after the event.

The nonprofit Adams Economic Alliance (AEA), is comprised of three organizations: The Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), the Adams County Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) and the Adams County General Authority (ACGA). For more information, see adamsalliance.org, or follow AEA on Twitter (@AdamsAlliance), Facebook (Facebook.com/AdamsAlliance) and LinkedIn (Adams Economic Alliance).

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Integral to Economic Development: Focus, Balance

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This article was originally published in the Gettysburg Times, January 12, 2017

By Robin Fitzpatrick

The words “focus” and “balance” could very well relate to New Year’s resolutions, wellness, and health. These two key words also relate to economic development and many similar “resolutions” that will be presented tonight, at the 27th Annual Membership Meeting of the Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC). Continue reading Integral to Economic Development: Focus, Balance

ACEDC Invites Public to Annual Membership Meeting, January 12

 

The Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) will hold its 27th Annual Membership Meeting at Liberty Mountain Resort, Carroll Valley, on January 12.
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Greatest successes of 2016: “Identifying shared focus with community partners”

Adams County’s largest economic development event of the year, the 27th Annual Membership Meeting of the Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), is set for January 12 beginning at 5 pm at Liberty Mountain Resort. Business and community leaders are encouraged to attend; the RSVP deadline is Friday, January 6 by calling 717-334-0042 or emailing office@acedc.org.

“Some of the greatest economic development successes we’ve accomplished over the past year include identifying a shared focus with community partners and implementing ground-breaking new partnerships and programs which are carrying us into 2017,” says Robin Fitzpatrick, ACEDC President. Continue reading ACEDC Invites Public to Annual Membership Meeting, January 12

ACEDC and HACC Introduce Innovative Workforce Development Program

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Program, Partnership Serve as State Model Seeking ‘Adams County Champion’

GETTYSBURG, PA (November 16, 2016) – Hailed as “one of the most significant and valuable programs we have ever provided to businesses,” Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) President Robin Fitzpatrick encourages area business leaders to learn more about ACT WorkKeys, being implemented in partnership with HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. Continue reading ACEDC and HACC Introduce Innovative Workforce Development Program

Adams County Workforce: Time for a Checkup

dreamstimemedium_35314401This article was originally published in The Gettysburg Times, November 10, 2016

By Robin Fitzpatrick

How do you maintain health and wellness? Although there are many excellent habits we employ into our daily routines, there is one regular habit that serves as a true litmus test of our health—going to the doctor for a checkup.

Similarly, there are a myriad of strategies we employ throughout the year to support businesses, growth, and economic vitality in Adams County. We often talk about the three main pillars of industry in Adams County: manufacturing/industrial, agriculture, and tourism. Earlier this year, we identified a number of growth industries within the county: agribusiness, biotech, plastics, and technology.

For a checkup on Adams County’s economic health and wellbeing, we have compiled the latest data—a series of snapshots of the county’s employment and industry statistics. Continue reading Adams County Workforce: Time for a Checkup

Keys to a Healthy Workforce

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This article was originally published in The Gettysburg Times, October 13, 2016

By Robin Fitzpatrick

Careers can be thought of as a series of doors, opening—or closing—at various times through our lives. But to hear “opportunity knocking,” we all need to be holding the right keys in order to unlock the doors to our futures.

It is with great excitement that Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), in partnership with Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), is laying the groundwork for area students to attain platinum, gold, silver, and bronze keys which will open doors leading to future success. This has the potential to be one of the most ground-breaking programs we have ever provided to Adams County’s employers! Continue reading Keys to a Healthy Workforce

A “First” for Adams County: Manufacturers’ Summit Set for June 19

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This column was published in the Gettysburg Times, June 11, 2015

By Kaycee Kemper

Several years ago when Tyco Electronics closed its East Berlin manufacturing facility, I witnessed first-hand the devastating effects that a major manufacturing loss can have upon a community. As part of the Department of Labor and Industry’s Rapid Response Team assembled to help and support the 600 employees who lost their jobs, I’m extremely sensitive and attuned to the need to strengthen the manufacturing industry’s place within the backbone of Pennsylvania’s economy.  Since then, we have lost several additional Adams County-based manufacturers: Master Brand Cabinets, Schindler Elevator and Herff-Jones.

We need to protect and shore up Adams County’s remaining manufacturers, not only because they play a vital role within the Adams County and Pennsylvania economies, but because of their innovative contributions to the American marketplace.

That is why ACEDC is pleased to partner with Senator Rich Alloway, The SouthCentral Workforce Investment Board, and HACC, for a ground-breaking summit focused exclusively on Adams County’s manufacturing industry! Continue reading A “First” for Adams County: Manufacturers’ Summit Set for June 19