EDC Faculty from Development Organizations

John Biemiller, Director, Business Retention & Expansion, Lancaster County Econoic Develoment Company
Session: Group Exercise

 

Robin Fitzpatrick
President, Adams County Economic Development Corporation
Session: Group Exercise

Robin has worked in the field of economic development since 1998. Her roles have included Business Retention and Expansion Specialist with the Governor's Action Team, and Vice President and Director of Lending for ACEDC.Robin has been President of the Adams Economic Alliance since 2008.  

 

Matt Fox
Marketing Manager, Altoona-Blair County Development Corp
Session: Business Retention & Expansion

Matt Fox is the Marketing Manager for the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation. Matt serves on numerous boards and advisory committees throughout Blair County, the Southern Alleghenies Region and the Commonwealth. He has been in the economic development field for 7 years and prior to joining ABCD Corp. he was a partner in a marketing firm for over 10 years.

 

Kenetha Hansen

VP Economic Development, York County Economic Alliance

Session: Group Exercise

Kenetha is the Vice President of Economic Development for the York County Economic Alliance. She oversees all aspects of YCEA's business development activites, including business financing, attraction, retention and expansion, and YorKitchen, a shared kitchen incubator. Kenetha has 27 years of economic development finance and incentive program experience including local, state, and federal matching loans, tax-exempt financing, grant administration, tax abatement, and credit programs. She has also received certification as an Economic Development Professional.

 

Steve McKnight
President & CEO, Altoona-Blair County Development Corp
Session: Marketing & Attraction

Stephen has more than 25 years of experience in “placed-based” economic development strategies, project management and public policy. He has assisted with numerous business expansion projects resulting in millions of total investment. During his career, Stephen has worked for both private development companies and industry trade organizations in Washington, D.C. He contributed to the formation of federal transportation and economic development policy.


As a co-founder of Fourth Economy Consulting, he worked with communities and industry across the country building competitive operational growth strategies. Stephen has demonstrated core competencies in site selection, budget analysis, government relations, proposal development, public/media relations, event planning, membership development, fundraising, image branding, public policy analysis, and issue driven coalition building.
Stephen has earned professional certifications in "Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development," "Land Use Planning for Economic Development," "Technology-Led Economic Development," and "Business Retention and Expansion." He conducts numerous public presentations and workshops on economic development topics each year. Stephen received the SIGMAS research award for a paper entitled "Linking Economic Development and Workforce Diversity through Action Research."


Stephen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association. When not working, and sometimes even while he is, he can be found skiing, hiking and cycling throughout our great mountain communities.

 

Patrick Miller
Executive Vice President, Altoona-Blair County Development Corp
Session: Business Retention & Expansion

Pat Miller serves as Executive Vice President of the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation and Executive Director of the Greater Altoona Economic Development Corporation. Pat also serves as the Enterprise Zone Coordinator for the City of Altoona/Northern I-99 Enterprise Zone and Executive Director of the Altoona Parking Authority. He has over 30 years of economic development experience.

 

Sherwood Robbins
Managing director, Seedcopa
Session: Public Sector Financing - Federal Programs

 

 

Kevin Schreiber
President & CEO, York County Economic Alliance
Sessions: Introduction to Economic Development & Managing Economic Development Organizations

 

Pamela J. Shupp, AICP, CEcD
President & CEO, Greater Reading Economic Partnership
Session: IEDC Code of Conduct: Ethics Session

Pamela is responsible for managingthe economic development strategy for the Greater Reading Economic Partnership (GREP). She leads the GREP team to provide the best possible business support to prospects considering Berks County as a location and to existing businesses that need to grow and expand. She manages several regional and state partnerships and initiatives to ensure that Berks County has access to economic development resources

 

Pamela has more than 30 years of experience in economic, housing, and community development with various private companies and government agencies. She has earned two professional certifications including: the AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) from the American Planning Association, and the CEcD (Certified Economic Developer) fromthe IEDC. 

 

Pamela is a native of Berks County. She received her bachelor's degree in Public Administration and Urban and Regional Planning from Bloomsburg University. 


Melissa Stone, EDFP
Vice President of Economic Development, Capital Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC)
Session: Private Sector Financing 

As Vice President of Economic Development, Melissa will take on a leadership role within the organization becoming involved in all areas of economic development activities. Melissa was CREDC’s Business Finance Officer from 2006 – 2010. Prior to her new position with CREDC, Melissa worked for Graystone Tower Bank. There, she created a small business underwriting department supporting the entire company’s footprint of small business lenders at fifty branch locations. Most recently, Melissa served as an AVP and Regional SBA Business Banker for Susquehanna Bank. In this role, she provided government guaranteed lending expertise to businesses in five South Central Pennsylvania counties. Melissa has been in banking since 1995 including retail branch management and business lending. Melissa graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also is a certified Economic Development Finance Specialist. 


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