Nearly 400 business leaders gathered yesterday at the Chamber’s eighth annual State of the Region to explore the growing Made in America trend. The event, which was held at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, featured an interview with ABC World News’ David Muir and a panel discussion led by regional manufacturers who have brought production back to America. The program was moderated by Brian Taff, Anchor/Reporter, 6abc Action News.

The panel discussion centered on the benefits of doing business here in Greater Philadelphia. Panelists included Michael Araten, President & CEO, K’NEX Brands, L.P.; Robert “Duane” Dickson, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP; Charlie Szoradi, Chairman & CEO, Independence LED Lighting, LLC; and Sarah Van Aken, CEO & Founder, S.V.A. Holdings Corporation.

The panelists remarked on Philadelphia’s premier location between Washington D.C. and New York, two consumer powerhouses, and also credited the region’s abundant business resources, good infrastructure and strong support base. In addition, Greater Philadelphia’s technology, low energy costs and top talent are helping local manufacturers keep costs down and produce high quality products.

The event also featured the release of Select Greater Philadelphia’s 7th annual Regional Report, which highlights the quality and size of Greater Philadelphia’s diverse workforce.

View what keynote speaker David Muir, “ABC World News” weekend anchor and correspondent for the broadcast’s special “Made in America” reports, has to say about the importance of this growing trend, why companies are shifting production back to America, how Philadelphia fits into the overall Made in America movement, and more.

View photos from the event.

Read Select Greater Philadelphia’s 2012 Regional Report.

Read The Philadelphia Inquirer’s coverage of the event here.

Read the Bucks County Courier Times’ coverage of the event here.