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Skills Workforce Development Guide
"We want to create a system that works for everybody. That's not only morally just, its good for business." Michael Romita, President & CEO of WCA
Jun 9, 2021
SOURCE: Skills Workforce Development Guide
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Power Players of Business
Westchester’s business community is confronting its biggest challenge in recent history: a grueling pandemic that’s slowed the economy to a crawl. That means Michael Romita — the new president/CEO of the WCA — has a Herculean task ahead of him. "We need to think more strategically about how our regional economy fits into the broader national conversation."
Jun 1, 2021
SOURCE: Westchester Magazine
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What’s Hot in Economic Development in Westchester
Many in the business community believe the county’s economy has the fundamentals in place to stage a strong recovery as vaccines become more available and schools transition back to normal operations. “We are pretty resilient,” says Michael Romita, president and CEO of the White Plains-based Westchester County Association. “We have a pretty diverse economic ecosystem. It is not dependent on any single sector of the economy.”
Apr 23, 2021
SOURCE: Westchester Magazine
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Opinion :: Earth Day: To achieve our clean energy goals, the private sector must commit
The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. Considered a marker for the modern environmental movement, it was born of a bipartisan effort between a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, a Republican Congressman from California and a small cohort of student activists. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not yet exist. Neither did any of the laws or international treaties that now make up the canon of environmental protection.
Apr 21, 2021
SOURCE: LoHud
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This Westchester Community Is Getting Free Internet Access
The Westchester County Association (WCA) is one of seven organizations that have been selected to participate in Project OVERCOME, designed to speed up the delivery of broadband services to underserved communities across the United States.
Apr 13, 2021
SOURCE: Westchester Magazine
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Grant set to bring internet access to households in downtown Yonkers
Hundreds of households in downtown Yonkers will soon have access to free or affordable internet due to a grant from U.S. Ignite spearheaded by the Westchester County Association.
Apr 1, 2021
SOURCE: News12
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Romita Comments on New Rochelle's Latest Senior Zoning Policy
The New Rochelle City Council scrapped a zoning clause originally intended to attract more senior housing to the city. Westchester County Association President and CEO Michael Romita said with the county's population is "greying," municipalities should have a plan to welcome more senior housing communities. You can’t have a healthy and equitable community if older residents are forced to move because they are squeezed out of viable housing options.
Mar 16, 2021
SOURCE: LoHud
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WCA Reflects on Technological Advances Enabling New Economic Opportunities
"What 5G means in practical terms is data speeds that will be up to 100 times faster than what we have today. Latency or lag periods are being halved now, and in the future will be even faster, with connection density vastly increased, meaning more devices that can function in a given area." Michael N. Romita
Feb 9, 2021
SOURCE: 914 Inc.
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Suite Talk: Michael Romita, president & CEO, Westchester County Association
The optimist looks beyond the current socioeconomic and political environment and calls out a light at the end of the tunnel. The pessimist might acknowledge that despite the distant light, we are still in the tunnel. And the fatalist might view that distant light as belonging to an oncoming train. As president and CEO of the Westchester County Association, Michael Romita is neither the optimist, pessimist or fatalist. But he is a realist about the state of the country's economy.
Feb 8, 2021
SOURCE: Westchester/Fairfield Business Journals
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WCA Comments on the Future of Downtown New Rochelle
Westchester County Association President and CEO Michael Romita said it's not unusual for a property to be flipped after the site receives approvals, but before a shovel hits the ground. The planning board approved the plan on Jan. 28, 2020. "Assuming that New Rochelle continues to develop, it's a pretty valuable lot," Romita said. Cities like New Rochelle, he noted, put a limit on the number of residential units to ensure a good mix of retail, commercial and housing.
Feb 4, 2021
SOURCE: LoHud
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES Y-ZONE, A COMMUNITY BROADBAND PILOT IN YONKERS, AS PART OF PROJECT OVERCOME featured image.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES Y-ZONE, A COMMUNITY BROADBAND PILOT IN YONKERS, AS PART OF PROJECT OVERCOME
White Plains, N.Y. (October 21, 2021) – Today, the Westchester County Association in partnership with the City of Yonkers, STEM Alliance, Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE), Fordham University, and Westhab launched the much-anticipated Yonkers Zone (Y-Zone). This project is made possible through support from US Ignite, the National Science Foundation (NSF) (Award # CNS-2044448), and Schmidt Futures. By utilizing Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum, the newly deployed, digital opportunity zone provides free internet access to approximately 250 to 400 need-based households in downtown Yonkers.
Oct 21, 2021
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2ND ANNUAL REGIONAL WORKFORCE SUMMIT TO FEATURE KEYNOTE BY NYS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, KATHY HOCHUL
The Westchester County Association (WCA) is hosting their 2nd Annual Regional Workforce Summit on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. EST. Join the WCA and leaders from business, education, government, and nonprofits as they gather to discuss the mega shifts occurring in our region’s talent ecosystem. This event will showcase how businesses are leveraging the “new normal” in training, recruiting, and retention developments of the region’s talent.
Apr 21, 2021
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US IGNITE SELECTS WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION TO LEAD A COMMUNITY BROADBAND PILOT IN YONKERS AS PART OF PROJECT OVERCOME
The Westchester County Association (WCA) is one of seven lead organizations to have been selected by US Ignite, a national non-profit accelerating the smart city movement, to participate in Project OVERCOME. Project OVERCOME, a $2.7 million effort is designed to expedite the delivery of broadband services to underserved communities across the United States. The U. S. National Science Foundation (NSF) conceived of and is providing $2.25 million in funding for the project, with Schmidt Futures joining as a financial and strategic partner to extend Project OVERCOME’s geographic reach with an additional $450,000. The project explores novel approaches to connectivity in both rural and urban communities with an eye on replicating these efforts on a national scale.
Mar 30, 2021
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION & NONPROFIT WESTCHESTER  TO HOST VIRTUAL CONVERSATION WITH  U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER featured image.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION & NONPROFIT WESTCHESTER TO HOST VIRTUAL CONVERSATION WITH U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER
The Westchester County Association (WCA), and Nonprofit Westchester (NPW), are hosting a free virtual event, An Open Conversation with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, on February 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST. This event will discuss the most pressing issues impacting regional businesses and nonprofits and will include an audience Q&A. Topics that will be addressed in this event include: • COVID relief and the rest of Senator Schumer’s 2021 legislative agenda • Economic development priorities in the lower Hudson Valley • The importance of nonprofits to the regional economy • The challenges of legislating in the current political environment
Feb 11, 2021
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION TO HOST VIRTUAL WEBINAR  SPOTLIGHTING THE REGION’S GROWING BIOSCIENCE ECOSYSTEM featured image.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION TO HOST VIRTUAL WEBINAR SPOTLIGHTING THE REGION’S GROWING BIOSCIENCE ECOSYSTEM
The Westchester County Association (WCA), in partnership with Westchester County’s Office of Economic Development, is hosting a free virtual webinar, All Access Healthcare: Spotlight on Westchester’s Bioscience Ecosystem, on February 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. EST. This event will showcase the growing bioscience ecosystem in the county and highlight why more life science companies are moving to Westchester County. Opening remarks will be made by Westchester County Executive George Latimer.
Feb 4, 2021
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION EXPANDS ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF FIVE NEW MEMBERS
The Westchester County Association (WCA), Westchester’s leading economic development and business advocacy organization, today announced the appointment of five new members to its board of directors.
Jan 13, 2021
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION’S FOURTH ANNUAL REAL ESTATE AND HOUSING SUMMIT TO ADDRESS REGION’S URGENT NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING featured image.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION’S FOURTH ANNUAL REAL ESTATE AND HOUSING SUMMIT TO ADDRESS REGION’S URGENT NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Regional experts in real estate and housing will share best practices and offer potential solutions to the lack of affordable and diverse housing stock in the region – where more than 11,000 additional such units are needed -- at the Westchester County Association’s fourth annual Real Estate and Housing Virtual Summit on October 30 at 9:30 a.m. EST.
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT TO HONOR LOCAL BUSINESS AND NONPROFIT LEADERS, CONGRESSWOMAN NITA LOWEY, AND HEALTHCARE HEROES
Dr. Philip Ozuah, president and chief executive officer of Montefiore Medicine, will deliver the keynote address at the Westchester County Association (WCA)’s online 70th Anniversary Leadership Event, which will celebrate business and nonprofit movers and shakers, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and local healthcare heroes, on November 19 at 4 p.m. EST.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES TARGETED ADVOCACY AND ACTION PLAN TO ADVANCE REGION’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY FROM COVID-19 featured image.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES TARGETED ADVOCACY AND ACTION PLAN TO ADVANCE REGION’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY FROM COVID-19
The initiatives are outlined in “Towards a Stronger Future,” a newly-released report from the WCA’s Post Pandemic Working Group (PPWG), which is a select committee of business, nonprofit, and education and government leaders who are working collaboratively to support the recovery and long-term prosperity of the region.  The Towards a Stronger Future report, which is available for download on the WCA’s website, sets forth a clear advocacy and action agenda in those Four Foundational Pillars of Economic Recovery where the WCA is well-positioned through its proven expertise and deep professional network to achieve significant impact: healthcare and bioscience, real estate and housing, digital connectivity, and energy and sustainability.
SURVEY FINDS MAJORITY ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT WESTCHESTER’S ECONOMIC FUTURE AND ANTICIPATE ONE-TO-THREE YEAR PANDEMIC RECOVERY PERIOD featured image.
SURVEY FINDS MAJORITY ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT WESTCHESTER’S ECONOMIC FUTURE AND ANTICIPATE ONE-TO-THREE YEAR PANDEMIC RECOVERY PERIOD
Optimism for Westchester’s economic future, combined with a sense that the region’s financial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will take between one and three years, are among the key findings from a public survey conducted by the Westchester County Association (WCA), the results of which were announced today. The survey also found that healthcare, entrepreneurship, higher education and hospitality are among the most important industry sectors to the region’s economic future, while high taxes, unemployment, broadband/digital technology, and affordable housing are key economic issues moving forward.