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Op-ed: We need to face climate change's economic realities featured image.
Op-ed: We need to face climate change's economic realities
The newly passed federal Inflation Reduction Act, a climate, health and tax measure, will bolster New York's efforts to aggressively reduce carbon emissions under the state's own landmark 2019 Climate Act. Some in the business community have been slow to embrace the pathway to a clean-energy economy. They view New York's ambitious road map as impractical, unrealistic and threatening to the state's economic future. However, indictments of the council's work coupled with calls to amend the underlying state statute are shortsighted and misdirected. Either we face the economic realities of climate change and address them head-on or we pay an even greater price in the long run.
Sep 8, 2022
Bona Fide Masks emphasizes trustworthy distribution in a confusing marketplace featured image.
Bona Fide Masks emphasizes trustworthy distribution in a confusing marketplace
Since the Covid-19 pandemic took root in 2020, Bona Fide Masks has provided national distribution of masks direct from manufacturers Powecom, DemeTECH, Chengde and Harley.
Sep 5, 2022
NY's climate goals need the business community's cooperation — not condemnation | Opinion featured image.
NY's climate goals need the business community's cooperation — not condemnation | Opinion
The newly passed federal Inflation Reduction Act, also known as the Climate, Health, and Tax Bill, brings an end to decades of national legislative inaction on climate change.
Aug 10, 2022
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Sustaining enthusiasm for sustainability
The Harvard Business School defines sustainability in business as doing business without negatively impacting the environment, community or society as a whole. For the Westchester County Association (WCA), sustainability no longer is something its members can afford to keep off their radar screens and deal with only when unavoidable.
Aug 1, 2022
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Amendments to Allow Solar Energy Systems in White Plains Debated
Members of the public expressed both support and criticism for proposed amendments to White Plains’ zoning ordinance during a public hearing at the White Plains Common Council meeting on June 6. Michael Romita, President and CEO of the Westchester County Association, voiced his support for the proposed amendments to the ordinance, citing their forward-looking nature.
Jun 15, 2022
The Clean Energy Economy is Hot For Westchester Job Prospect featured image.
The Clean Energy Economy is Hot For Westchester Job Prospect
With clean energy in the spotlight more and more, job opportunities in this sector look promising in Westchester and beyond.
Jul 7, 2022
County Executives Are Upbeat in State of the County Messages featured image.
County Executives Are Upbeat in State of the County Messages
It may come as no surprise, but county executives in Westchester and the Hudson Valley have upbeat views of where their counties stand financially, in the recovery from Covid, as hosts to businesses and in helping residents enjoy the highest possible quality of life.
May 2, 2022
Weathering the Storm: Westchester Grapples with Climate Consequences and Solutions featured image.
Weathering the Storm: Westchester Grapples with Climate Consequences and Solutions
When Hurricane Ida smashed into Mamaroneck in September 2021, businesses across the town faced some of the worst flooding in living memory. "We had six feet of water in our two front buildings and four feet of water in our shop building," recalls Michael Murphy of Murphy Brothers Contracting, a 50-year-old, family-owned and Mamaroneck-based general contracting firm. "That storm was a monster."
May 1, 2022
It's a job-seekers market in the Lower Hudson Valley. Here's why and who's hiring. featured image.
It's a job-seekers market in the Lower Hudson Valley. Here's why and who's hiring.
Leslie Hollingsworth has 16 years of experience teaching third grade in New York City. She enjoyed the position — it’s easier to mold their minds in third grade, she said of teaching young children versus teenagers — but circumstances have led her back to the job market.
Apr 6, 2022
A Shift-Shaping Job Market-- Can We Fill All the Jobs? featured image.
A Shift-Shaping Job Market-- Can We Fill All the Jobs?
Last November, the number of people who voluntarily left their jobs spiked to a record 4.5 million — and that was in just one month according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. What’s that about? Reasons for those walking out are unreasonably low wages, poor working conditions, no career path, and no benefits. The message from workers: we want better jobs with decent pay and jobs that have a future.
Mar 14, 2022

Press Releases

450+ Power Players Gather to Honor Four Exceptional Leaders at Westchester County Association “Impact in Action” Leadership Event
White Plains, New York - (November 10, 2023)….Over 450 members of Westchester’s professional community packed the Westchester Marriott ballroom on November 9th for the Westchester County Association’s 73rd annual leadership event.
Nov 10, 2023
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCATION AND WESTCHESTER COUNTY TEAM UP TO HOST LARGEST REGIONAL JOB FAIR THIS FALL
White Plains (October 12, 2023) More than 300 job seekers lined up to meet with over 40 employers and resource providers at a regional career fair October 12 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
Oct 13, 2023
Westchester County Launches Connect Westchester: A New Sweeping Digital Literacy & Access Initiative
Connect Westchester is Westchester County’s Office of Economic Development’s new initiative to bridge the digital divide through providing essential digital resources, education and affordable internet access to low-income residents.
Oct 6, 2023
Healthcare Champions Rita Mabli & Westchester Community Health Center Honored by 250 Power Players at WCA’s “Toasting to a Healthy Westchester”
White Plains, New York - (September 22, 2023)…In his keynote address at WCA’s “Toasting to a Healthy Westchester,” Michael J. Dowling, CEO, Northwell Health appealed to 250 key leaders in healthcare and business attending this annual dinner to try to solve what he called the social determinants of health, such as gun violence, poverty, obesity, and drugs and alchohol abuse. “If we don’t solve theses issues, we will never improve the health status of Americans,”he said, citing the pressures facing the industry today.
Sep 22, 2023
Westchester County Association and Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law Convene Second Annual ‘Profit & Purpose’ Sustainable Business Conference to Prepare Business Leaders for a Low-Carbon Future
White Plains, New York -- (June 5, 2023) Close to 200 business, nonprofit, and government leaders attended the WCA’s 2nd Annual Sustainable Business Conference hosted in partnership with Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law. The event, held June 1 at the law school, focused on new opportunities in sustainable investing and real estate, navigating an evolving regulatory landscape, and the connection between sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion. New this year, a “Sustainability Bootcamp” workshop served as a primer for businesses of all sizes to get started with practical tools to develop a sustainability program.
Jun 5, 2023
Westchester County Association Welcomes Eight New Board Members to Expand Its Dynamic Advisory Team
White Plains, New York - (December 8, 2022) Susan Fox, WCA Board Chair, President & CEO, White Plains Hospital, and Michael N. Romita, President, and CEO of the Westchester County Association (WCA), announced this week that the WCA, the county’s premier business membership organization, will welcome eight new board members representing important industry sectors to bolster the WCA’s economic development and advocacy work.
Dec 8, 2022
Over 450 Movers and Shakers Gather to Honor Three Visionary Leaders Shaping Westchester’s Future
White Plains, New York - (November 21, 2022)…. Westchester’s professional community packed the Westchester Marriott ballroom on November 17th for the Westchester County Association’s annual leadership dinner to honor Westchester’s most influential leaders and celebrate another year of impactful work by the WCA, the region’s premiere business advocacy and economic development organization.
Nov 21, 2022
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF HEALTHCARE TALENT PIPELINE PROGRAM
White Plains, N.Y. (February 25, 2022) During the Annual County Executive’s Breakfast hosted by The Westchester County Association (WCA) on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel & Conference Center in Tarrytown, New York, County Executive George Latimer and WCA President & CEO Michael N. Romita jointly announced the launch of the Healthcare Talent Pipeline Program (HTPP).
Feb 25, 2022
Businesses, Construction Trades, Real Estate, and Nonprofits Join to Advocate for Statewide Solutions to our Housing Crisis
The Westchester County Association (WCA) joined community leaders from Nonprofit Westchester (NPW), the Building and Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region (BRI), the Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley (CIC), and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR) to put forth an advocacy letter urging government officials to find statewide solutions to Westchester’s housing crisis.
Feb 7, 2022
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS SHARE GROWTH OF Y-ZONE PILOT AT PRESS CONFERENCE IN YONKERS, NY
Yonkers, N.Y. – Today, the Westchester County Association joined community leaders, elected officials, and project partners in a press conference at the Yonkers Public Library to highlight the latest developments since the launch of the Y-Zone (Yonkers Zone), a broadband pilot program funded by US Ignite and Schmidt Futures as part of Project Overcome.
Dec 14, 2021

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