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CBICC Forms 'Business and Industry Partnership' to Support Local Businesses

by on January 13, 2016 2:30 PM
State College, PA

The Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County (CBICC) is furthering its mission to support local businesses and ensure that the region is a place where businesses can be built, grown, and maintained.

The organization announced that it is a forming the Business and Industry Partnership -- or BIP -- to help educate local businesses on the resources that are available to them right here in their home county.

The BIP will include five teams, which will personally meet and visit with local businesses -- both members of the CBICC and non-members. The partnership's intention is so work on a more personal level with companies to assist with their growth and keep them in the region.

CBICC President and CEO Vern Squier said that his organization's members are primarily committed to strengthening the private sector economy in Centre County.

"A critical component of that mission is taking care of our own; helping local companies succeed and grow,” Squier said. “The purpose of the partnership is to work more closely with individual businesses in order to determine unmet needs, address obstacles to growth, or identify untapped opportunities.”

Squire emphasized that the ultimate goal of the CBICC through this new partnership is to keep businesses prospering in the county.

“We want our companies to not only stay here, but thrive here,” he said. “The members of the Business and Industry Partnership Committee are ready to get to work and ready to assist private industry in Centre County.”

The BIP intends to work with companies, learn of any impediments to their growth, and educate them on resources they could be using to eliminate those roadblocks. The partnership will connect local businesses with each other when it could be beneficial, and provide guidance from experts to assist with growth. 

AmeriServe senior vice president Ted McDowell will co-chair the BIP along with Cheryl Potteiger, superintendent of the Bellefonte Area School District. McDowell said that the partnership will include individuals from business, education, government, and finance.

"This diverse expertise means that the committee will be well prepared to help address a broad range of business needs," he said.

The Business and Industry Partnership committee will include the following:

  • Dr. Cheryl Potteiger, Bellefonte Area School District
  • Ted McDowell, AmeriServ Bank
  • Dr. Richard Makin, Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
  • Jeffrey Stachowski, South Hills School of Business and Technology
  • Dr. Robert O’Donnell, State College Area School District
  • Cheryl Johnson, Private Industry Council of the Central Corridor
  • Craig Morrow, First National Bank
  • Jean Galliano, Fulton Bank
  • Jeff Krauss, The HR Office Inc.
  • John Moore, Moore Power Sales
  • Todd Taylor, Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Sharon Perry, State College Area School District
  • Patrick Knobloch, Innate Management, Inc.
  • Mark Maggs, South Hills School of Business & Technology
  • Mark Higgins, Centre County Commissioner
  • Laura Chapman, Lacher Insurance
  • Cher Harpster, PA Careerlink
  • Adam Brumbaugh, College Township
  • Jennifer Myers, CBICC

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