Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) Allies Program - Registration Now Open

September 18th, 2023

Registration is Now Open!
Pennsylvania Allies Program:
Training for Local Economic Development Stakeholders 
Who Should Participate:
This program is not designed for full-time economic development professionals. Rather, it has been designed for professionals working in roles that actively support economic development organizations and their efforts within PA communities (e.g., board members of economic development organizations, local elected officials, community groups / representatives, government workers and the agencies they represent, etc.). PEDA believes that by providing local economic development stakeholders with an introductory understanding of economic development trends and tools (and their own role in becoming champions within their communities), they will have the background, information and confidence to make informed decisions that can directly – and positively – impact the communities in which they live. With instruction by industry professionals and with the benefit of real-life examples, individuals participating in this program will develop a fundamental understanding of what economic development means, today, and what role(s) they can play in the process.

Program Elements:
·    Training: The 2023 version of this program will be delivered as a 4-part series, delivered via Zoom. Credentials for each Zoom will be provided following the completion of registration.
·    Certificate: Participants completing the course will receive a certificate, documenting their achievement. (Participation in all 4 virtual sessions is required to receive the certificate, while participation in the reception is optional.)
·    Networking: Beyond the intrinsic value of the program’s sessions, PEDA strongly recognizes the importance of networking. Registrants of this program will be invited to participate in an evening reception scheduled to take place on Monday, October 16, 2023 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading (site of the 2023 PEDA Fall Conference, registration information about which can be found here).
·    Communication: Participants will receive communications pertinent to economic development. 
Program Session Dates:
October 11 | 10:00-11:00 am ~ virtual 
Economic Development in Your Community
·    Steve McKnight | President & CEO | Altoona Blair County Development Corporation
·    Tree Layton Zuzzio | Executive Policy Specialist | Pennsylvania DCED
October 16 | 5:30-7:00 pm ~ live (optional) 
Networking Reception
October 25 | 10:00-11:00 am ~ virtual
Public Finance Tools: Grants and Local Programs
·    Ryan Emerson | Director of Grants | Pennsylvania DCED
·    Tom Seasoltz | Chief Financial Officer | Altoona Blair County Development Corp
November 1 | 10:00-11:00 am ~ virtual
The Changing Workforce
·    Jesse McCree | CEO | SCPa Works
November 8 | 10:00-11:00 am ~ virtual
The Economic Impact of Recreational Development
·    Nathan Reigner, PhD | Director of Outdoor Recreation | Pennsylvania DCNR
·    Silas Chamberlin, PhD | Chief Strategy Officer/ VP of Economic & Community Development | York County Economic Alliance
*subject to change
Registration Fees (includes all listed sessions):
Member - $160
Non-member - $240
This Project was financed in part by a grant from the federal Department of the Treasury, under the administration of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, DCED.
Questions should be directed to Tammy K Linn at