Transformation in progress
One of our goals is building an Enterprise Center in Sterling Business Park. This facility would not focus on a specific industry, but on digital information and technology as the horizontal linkage between vertically-oriented industries. This approach will enable growth across multiple industries, such as back-office support, business continuity, computer-animated graphics, film editing, digital imaging, medical records, computer systems engineering and software and internet marketing. Focusing on digital information and technology enables us to leverage existing partnerships with the region’s robust network of higher educational institutions. Digital information is a good fit for a region that is seeing an influx of new talent, has a connection to the urban areas and wants a low-environmental impact industry to retain its quality of place.
Finally, a new collaboration within the region is Wayne Tomorrow! Led by the Wayne County Commissioners, this initiative seeks to establish an inclusive process for on-going dialogue and create a shared vision that will build our community and help guide development of Wayne County. This effort will further integrate economic and workforce development, and also agricultural planning, sustainability and quality of place issues. Garnering input from diverse sectors within our community will help us to define our economic development strategy, leveraging all the good being done throughout various organizations and communities to help truly transform the region.
[Mary Beth Wood is the executive director of Wayne Economic Development Corporation, Wayne County, PA, and a board member of regional and state organizations including the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance and Penn’s Northeast.]