Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corp was honored at the 2016 Manufacturers Associations' Gala as Partner of the Year.
Founded in 1906, the Manufacturers' Association, a growing regional trade association serving manufacturing, production and logistics in Pennsylvania and Maryland, recently honored the recipients of its 2016 Manufacturing Awards at their Annual Event at the Pullo Center in York. The occasion provided an opportunity for the Association to publicly honor and recognize those member companies and partners making a difference in the regional economy, the lives of their employees and the local manufacturing sector.
The Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation was recognized as the Manufacturers’ Association’s Partner of the Year. Susan Eberly, President and CEO accepted the award. The LVEDC works with area businesses and the community to strengthen existing businesses and create an environment in which new companies can flourish.
The LVEDC is an advocate of manufacturing and has been working hard to create relationships throughout the County and the region to promote the industry.
The LVEDC established a calling program, with the goal being to visit manufacturers to listen to their successes and challenges. They met with over 60 businesses in the county and as a direct result created a county Workforce Alliance to build stronger connections so that businesses, educators and service providers can dialogue and find solutions for workforce issues in the County.
After listening to the local manufacturers the LVEDC developed a manufacturing Consortia; so far this consortia has brought together the county schools, training organizations and manufacturers to develop curriculum and training to support the demands of manufacturers.
The Manufacturers’ Association serves on the LVEDC Workforce Alliance committee and has brought many creative ideas and initiatives to the table. The public schools in Lebanon County have been educated on the iExplore Career website developed by the Manufacturers’ Association, in efforts to promote manufacturing careers to high school students.
The partnerships help to jump start the ‘Careers in Two Years Program’ which highlights lucrative careers that can be achieved within two years or less - of college or technical training in the County.
The individual manufacturing and partnership awards for the evening were personally presented by Karl Rove, noted political strategist and best-selling author, who served as the Association’s keynote speaker for the 2016 gathering.
Susan Eberly, president of Lebanon County Economic Development Corporation accepts the Partner of the Year Award from Karl Rove, speaker for the Association’s 110th Annual Event April 20. Also shown (from left) are John Lebo, outgoing Association board president; Tom Palisin, executive director; and Tom Baughman, incoming Association board president.