Across the state, Grow PA partners are doing their part to support local businesses and their communities recover and rebuild.

Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry helping Chester County businesses navigate uncertain times

Since the first Executive Order, the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry (CCCBI) has focused on educating members on safe practices and sources of assistance; engaging public officials to help our businesses recover and working with partner Chambers—like the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia—to share best practices.

CCCBI repositioned their webpage, social media and programs to focus on those elements. The Chamber held town halls with businesses and others to educate area businesses and hear their ideas and concerns. And, recently, conducted four town halls with our legislative delegation.

For years, Chester County has had the strongest economy in Pennsylvania. The shutdown has caused major economic pain in Chester County, too. In April, more people filed for unemployment than in the prior 15 months combined.  We are committed to use our talents and resources to help our economy re-open and prosper.

CCCBI’s primary focus now can be summed as this: making sure that on day one of yellow and green we have helped every business to be ready to re-open; rehire as many staff and serve as many customers as possible.

Harrisburg Regional Chamber serving as a Certified Economic Development Organization for the COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & Capital Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) continues to serve members during this time in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties through advocacy, especially in the area of liability, educational webinars, member engagement and has served as a Certified Economic Development Organization for the COVIDa-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program in which 36 applications were submitted before the close of the state program. The Chamber & CREDC continues to provide the most up-to-date resources and accurate information through partnerships with elected officials, the region’s healthcare systems, the State and U.S. Chamber, as well as the Commonwealth. The Chamber & CREDC has recently launched a reopening page for members and the region’s business stakeholders as we look forward to the safe re-opening of the business community.

Community College of Allegheny County launches contact tracing course in effort to help safely reopen the economy

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is offering a contact tracing course in an effort to fill a workforce need and to help safely reopen Pennsylvania’s economy. Developed in consultation with regional health authorities, the noncredit course will train individuals to do thorough contact tracing, which is essential to slowing the spread of COVID–19. The aim of contact tracing is to connect with individuals who have been diagnosed and identify individuals with whom they have come into contact.

The two-week course will support Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to create the Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps, a public service initiative to boost efforts ​to increase testing and contact tracing and provide critical new job opportunities in the public health sector. Due to the COVID–19 pandemic, the United States will need a rapid scale-up in the public health workforce dedicated to case identification and contact tracing. The course will be taught via Zoom by an experienced health care educator.

“We are pleased to be launching this program and glad that we are able to respond quickly to the needs of the workforce and the needs of the community,” said Debra Killmeyer, CCAC’s vice president of Workforce Development.

Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce’s Restart.Rebound.Rebuild.

The Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce (WyCCC), webinar series, “Restart. Rebound. Rebuild.” follows stages of business temporarily closure during coronavirus pandemic.

After reopening, businesses need to rebound back from their time off, figure out how to rebuild, and “determine what their business plan and model are going forward based on the new normal for all of us,” says Gina Suydam, President of WyCCC.

The concept of the series is fluid, so WyCCC welcomes topic suggestions that aren’t on the schedule from business owners.

After four weeks in Restart, the WyCCC has entered four weeks of Rebound. Recordings and a schedule of future webinars are available online at wyccc.com.

“The series is keeping our businesses up to date with the most relevant information,” she said. “There’s so much information to filter through and what we’ve done at the Chamber is try to filter through that information and give it to our businesses in a concise way.”


Share your story. Grow PA is sharing stories from around the Commonwealth about how local chambers and civic associations are helping communities reopen and thrive. To share your story, please contact Christina Coleman at ccoleman@chamberphl.com.