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Suburban Surprise:  Has the COVID-19 pandemic decimated the Westchester commercial real estate market? Or has it launched a boom? (As Seen in Westchester Magazine:  WestchesterMagazine.com) featured image.
Suburban Surprise: Has the COVID-19 pandemic decimated the Westchester commercial real estate market? Or has it launched a boom? (As Seen in Westchester Magazine: WestchesterMagazine.com)
“Overall, there is a diversity of real estate sectors in Westchester, so it’s hard to address [the effects of coronavirus] in generalities,” says Michael Romita, president of the Westchester County Association. “The pandemic influenced various sectors in different ways. Clearly, there was a softening in activity in commercial office space, but I wouldn’t say [the impact has been] terrible.”
WCA revises guidelines for housing initiatives, economic growth featured image.
WCA revises guidelines for housing initiatives, economic growth
The Westchester County Association has revised its Policy Playbook, a guide for development and economic growth, to include insights, resources and examples of how to develop successful housing initiatives with the goal of helping municipalities meet the needs for more diverse, affordable and available housing. The new Housing Initiatives chapter of the playbook points out that businesses have a stake in solving housing issues.
Westchester County Association Real Estate Playbook Addresses Affordable Housing featured image.
Westchester County Association Real Estate Playbook Addresses Affordable Housing
The business and nonprofit community, led by the Westchester County Association’s Real Estate and Housing Task Force, is developing solutions to this massive problem. A multi-faceted assemblage of real estate, planning, land use, financial, legal, academic and government stakeholders are working collaboratively to generate multi-disciplinary solutions.
Oct 1, 2020
Westchester County Association Issues Report on Recovery From the Pandemic featured image.
Westchester County Association Issues Report on Recovery From the Pandemic
Michael N. Romita, president and CEO of the WCA, said, “The advocacy agenda and initiatives outlined in this report are the result of a collaborative effort of some of the region’s most dedicated professionals from business, nonprofit, education, labor and government. As we implement these initiatives and continue to collaborate with key stakeholders across industry sectors and throughout the region, we will achieve tangible progress toward a stronger, more resilient economy for our region.”
A New Leader for New Times featured image.
A New Leader for New Times
“The pandemic hijacked everyone’s plans, but it has exposed challenges and opportunities for growth. Affordable housing, access to high-speed internet, the digital divide, ramping business up for telecommuting, and supporting the healthcare industry have jumped to the forefront,” says Romita, who admits that any other agenda he may have had coming into his new job got summarily changed by the pandemic. It has been a big pivot for Westchester and how business will be done here. Still, Romita remains optimistic about the future. “Sure, we are going through a very difficult period here, with over 14 percent unemployment in the county and somewhere between $90 million and $160 million in reduced tax receipts. Yet, a recent WCA survey showed a clear majority of folks remain optimistic about Westchester’s future and feel the economy will bounce back within the next three years. Only 10 percent were pessimistic about the county’s economic future.”
lohud, Westchester County Association to host forums for Democratic CD-17 candidates on June 4 featured image.
lohud, Westchester County Association to host forums for Democratic CD-17 candidates on June 4
The Journal News and lohud have partnered with the Westchester County Association to host two forums for Democratic candidates seeking their party's nomination to run in November's general election for the 17th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Nita Lowey, who plans to retire at the end of the year. The nomination will be determined by a June 23 primary vote. The forums, planned for June 4 and to be introduced by WCA CEO Michael Romita and hosted by veteran lohud/Journal News political correspondent Mark Lungariello, will be hosted live on lohud.com, as well as on our Facebook page: facebook.com/lohud.
Westchester County Association forms group for post-pandemic recovery featured image.
Westchester County Association forms group for post-pandemic recovery
Although there still is no definitive time line for the reopening of Westchester County businesses, an effort to help lay the groundwork for economic recovery has been launched by the Westchester County Association (WCA). The Post-Pandemic Working Group (PPWG) is a committee of business, nonprofit and academic leaders. Among the initial members are representatives of Nonprofit Westchester, BCM Corp., Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, CBRE, Cuddy & Feder LLP, Entergy, Mercy College, Simone Healthcare Development, Sterling National Bank, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Rand Commercial, Suburban Hospital Alliance of New York State and White Plains Hospital.
Westchester County Association's Post-Pandemic Working Group Will Take the Long View featured image.
Westchester County Association's Post-Pandemic Working Group Will Take the Long View
Reopening our businesses and institutions will be a precursor to the necessary action. Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley is one of the state’s leading economic drivers and it will need to lead the economic road back. While there will be challenges, the post-pandemic environment will also present opportunities to reevaluate and advance priorities to rebuild a stronger and more resilient economy. In order to address these challenges and opportunities head on, the Westchester County Association has convened a Post-Pandemic Working Group (PPWG) of businesses, non-profit, and academic leaders to help our professional institutions recover and prosper in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Working collaboratively, the PPWG will cultivate a series of pragmatic legislative, regulatory, and developmental solutions for our region that will focus on the regional business and nonprofit issues both caused and highlighted by the current crisis.
Congress just passed the largest stimulus in history. It's not going to be enough. featured image.
Congress just passed the largest stimulus in history. It's not going to be enough.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities or CARES Act is a sweeping two trillion-dollar federal stimulus passed in response to a sudden financial crisis caused by a poorly understood enemy. The Act focuses more on the acute economic impacts of the crisis than its long-term implications. It is more triage than treatment. Accordingly, once the damage is stabilized and the economic harm can better discerned, the federal government will need to step up again, and in a big way.
Small Business Loans Discussed on WCA and Community Capital NY Facebook Live featured image.
Small Business Loans Discussed on WCA and Community Capital NY Facebook Live
The Westchester County Association and Community Capital New York streamed a Facebook Live event Thursday about loan programs for small-business owners strapped for cash during the coronavirus crisis. Kim Jacobs, executive director of Elmsford-based Community Capital New York, hosted the informational session on the Westchester County Association's Facebook page. She was joined by WCA President Michael Romita at the event.
Mar 28, 2020
SOURCE: LoHud
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION APPOINTS TWELVE NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND NEW VICE CHAIR featured image.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION APPOINTS TWELVE NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND NEW VICE CHAIR
The Westchester County Association (WCA) – Westchester’s leading economic development and business advocacy organization – today announced the appointment of twelve new members to its board of directors, a new vice chair of its board of directors, and three board members to its executive committee.
Experts to Share Innovative Solutions to Employer Recruitment and Retention Challenges at Regional Workforce Development Summit January 16, 2020 in Tarrytown featured image.
Experts to Share Innovative Solutions to Employer Recruitment and Retention Challenges at Regional Workforce Development Summit January 16, 2020 in Tarrytown
Nationally-renowned experts and local stakeholders will convene to discuss innovative solutions to the region’s employer recruitment and retention challenges at the Westchester County Association’s (WCA) first-ever Regional Workforce Development Summit, to be held at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY, on Thursday, January 16th at 8 a.m.
WCA Will Name John Ritacco as Interim President/CEO as Search for New Leader Progresses featured image.
WCA Will Name John Ritacco as Interim President/CEO as Search for New Leader Progresses
William P. Harrington, Chairman of the Westchester County Association (WCA), announced today that John E. Ritacco, a financial services executive who was the former President and CEO of CMS Bancorp Inc., a publicly traded financial institution, will be appointed as Interim President/CEO of the WCA, effective January 1, 2020, as the search for a new leader progresses. Ritacco will remain in the position until a successor to William M.  Mooney, Jr., the current President and CEO, is found.
Nov 6, 2019
WCA Begins Active Search to Fill Position of President & CEO featured image.
WCA Begins Active Search to Fill Position of President & CEO
County’s leading business advocacy association embarks on a vigorous process to find its new leader as economic activity burgeons in the region.
Sep 23, 2019
Toasting to a Healthy Westchester Dinner featured image.
Toasting to a Healthy Westchester Dinner
Westchester County Association hosts annual wine pairing dinner to support healthcare advocacy initiatives
Sep 6, 2019
Talent Development Professional Jason Chapin Joins WCA featured image.
Talent Development Professional Jason Chapin Joins WCA
White Plains, N.Y. (July 22, 2019) – Jason Chapin has joined the Westchester County Association (WCA) as Director of Workforce Development. Before joining WCA, Mr. Chapin coordinated and managed federal, state and foundation grants for The City University of New York, The State University of New York and The WorkPlace, a nationally recognized not-for-profit based in Connecticut. In addition, he has managed state-wide education, training and employment programs in New York and Connecticut that have served more than 25,000 adults and their families.
Jul 22, 2019
WCA Hosts Third Annual Real Estate Summit to Discuss Development Projects, Energy’s Future and Economic Incentives featured image.
WCA Hosts Third Annual Real Estate Summit to Discuss Development Projects, Energy’s Future and Economic Incentives
Westchester County Association (WCA) brought together nearly 300 regional leaders in commercial and residential real estate, as well as government and planning officials and community organizations, for its 3rd Annual Real Estate Summit
May 14, 2019
County Executive and John Fareri Sign North 60 Lease Agreement at WCA Breakfast featured image.
County Executive and John Fareri Sign North 60 Lease Agreement at WCA Breakfast
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (January 10, 2019) – Westchester County Executive George Latimer this morning at the Westchester County Association Breakfast signed signed a 99-year lease agreement for the North 60 project. The agreement for the county-owned land is the key to the development of a $1.2 billion biotech project on the Grasslands Reservation in Valhalla.
Jan 10, 2019
WESTCHESTER’S TOP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP EYES NEW LEADER featured image.
WESTCHESTER’S TOP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP EYES NEW LEADER
The Westchester County Association (WCA), Westchester’s most powerful economic development organization, has embarked on a search for a new leader to succeed longtime president and CEO William Mooney Jr., a giant in the region’s business and banking communities whose storied career has spanned more than 50 years.
Oct 29, 2018
WCA realigns brand ahead of major economic development push featured image.
WCA realigns brand ahead of major economic development push
To better reflect its policy- and action-oriented identity, the Westchester County Association (WCA) today unveiled its first major brand realignment since it was founded in 1950.
Sep 10, 2018