Industry Partnerships

Chester County's Industry Partnership programs are managed by the Chester County Economic Development Council in collaboration with the Chester County Workforce Investment Board, and with partial support from the PA Department of Labor and Industry and private-sector contributions, to support regional partnership activities and incumbent worker training programs.
The mission of the Smart Energy Initiative is to promote growth of the "smart" energy industry by providing comprehensive workforce and economic development services. The Energy Partnership serves companies in the clean and renewable energy industry, such as Wind, Solar, Nuclear and Smart Grid sectors. This regional partnership is led by companies that provide energy and/or provide technology for energy in the five-county area that makes up SE PA.

The Smart Energy Initiative will remain focused on the following training areas:
  • Energy Efficiency and Green Building
  • Photovoltaic Solar
  • Wind, Solar Thermal, and Geothermal
Industry Partnership Director, Jim Lauckner:
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The mission of the Southeastern PA Agriculture Industry Partnership is to build the capacity of farmers and their supply chain partners to meet the growing demand for local, fresh foods in the region through investment in business training and workforce development.

Industry Partnership Coordinator, Jodi Gauker:
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The Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG) addresses a critical shortage of qualified technology professionals in Chester County and Southeastern PA. ITAG's mission is to create and sustain a regional partnership in Southeastern PA that encourages technology companies and companies that use technology to grow their businesses in an increasingly sophisticated global marketplace.
Industry Partnership Director, Jim Lauckner:
The mission of the Chester County Healthcare Industry Partnership is to advocate for the advancement of the health care industry through training, outreach and other strategies.

Industry Partnership Project Manager, Patti Van Cleave:

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The mission of the BioScience Partnership of Southeastern PA is to grow and develop the region's life science workforce by creating a collaborative environment that draws on the collective resources of industry, academia, government and other supporting organizations.

The goals of the partnership are to be recognized as the number one life science region in the U.S., to preserve and strengthen the current workforce through continuous learning and training, to ensure the sustainability of the partnership, to build a greater awareness among the life science community of the value of the partnership and to generate an interest in life science career opportunities in grades K-12. Industry Partnership Project Coordinator, Colleen Hamilton:
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Pennsylvania’s Industry Partnership strategy has won recognition from the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Governors Association, the Brookings Institution and national foundations. The Industry Partnership model was built with the following core principles in mind: It must be industry led, demand and data driven, accountable to high performance standards and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation.