Reaching across county lines with a luncheon on the picturesque grounds of the ACE Conference Center in Montgomery County on May 30, the Chamber’s Mark Schweiker moderated a panel of elected officials from southeastern Pennsylvania who shared economic development plans and perspectives on what makes us a “winning region” – which includes our neighbors in southern New Jersey and northern Delaware.

Over 100 regional businesspeople were intent on learning more about current efforts of five elected officials: Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and County Commissioners Jim Cawley (Bucks), Kathi Cozzone (Chester), Jack Whelan (Delaware), and Joe Hoeffel (Montgomery).

Touting our “destination location,” Mayor Nutter and the county leaders reminded the audience that 40% of the country’s population live within a day’s ride of our metropolitan area, conveniently located between New York and Washington, D.C., with 3.8 million residents, an easy commute, affordable housing and lifestyles, and a full spectrum of arts and cultural venues.

The decision-makers were enthusiastic about their role and the future of the region for all of their constituents. There was a palpable, cooperative spirit demonstrated by the panelists as they spoke about identifying common interests, encouraging partnerships, and engaging in ongoing communication. A prime example: if site selectors decide one county isn’t a good fit for a new or expanding business, then they’ll shift their efforts to land that company in a neighboring county.

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