About the Partnership
The Beaver County Partnership for Community and Economic Development is a public/private Partnership designed to leverage the multi-billion-dollar investment by Shell Chemical in the County. Created by a collaboration of Beaver County business and community leaders, the Partnership aims to attract business investment and community development with the goal of having a positive impact on every aspect of life and work in the region.
“The Mission of the Beaver County Community and Economic Development Partnership is to facilitate a coordinated and strategic Public/Private approach to economic and community development.”
As a primary facilitator for economic growth and community development throughout Beaver County, the Partnership aims to quickly develop and execute action plans to enhance economic and job growth, quality education, desirable housing, quality of life and good government. Working as a true public/private partnership, our goals include:
- Creation of 1,200 permanent, advanced manufacturing jobs.
- Reduce unemployment from 6 percent to 4.5 percent.
- Increase resident population to 170,000.
- Improve the high school graduation rate to 90 percent.
The Partnership’s guiding principles include:
- To facilitate an efficient and helpful process for economic development resources and initiatives.
- To collaborate and cooperate with local and regional economic development entities.
- To market Beaver County by developing a brand and high visibility to attract new businesses, industries, services and residents to the area.
- To provide a central repository of information for easy access and navigation for businesses and entities wanting to start-up, relocate, remain or expand in Beaver County. This central depository will allow for a “one-stop” connection to relevant resources.
The Partnership is comprised of five councils, each dedicated to focus on one aspect of growth and development.
- Economic and Job Growth – dedicated to regional economic development and promotion of sustainable, advanced-manufacturing jobs.
- Quality Education – improving educational performance of the County’s primary and secondary schools; assuring adequate continuing educational resources to equip residents for the jobs of tomorrow in advanced manufacturing.
- Desirable Housing – focused on developing a vibrant, residential housing market within the County.
- Quality of Place – dedicated to enhancing recreational, cultural and other amenities that make Beaver County a desirable place to life.
Board of Directors
- Charles “Skip” Homan, Board Chairman; Director, Larson Design Group
- Rebecca Matsco, Board Vice Chairperson; President, Beaver County Regional Council of Governments
- Dr. John C. Hayward, Treasurer; Retired Michael Baker Jr. Inc. & RMU Eng. Professor
- Bethany Williams, Secretary; Director, City of Beaver Falls Community Development
- Jack Manning, Executive Director; President & Executive Director, Beaver County Chamber of Commerce
- Sam Gill, Aliquippa City Manager
- Dennis Nichols, NCS Consulting
- Mario Leone, Monaca Borough Manager
- Norm Mitry, Heritage Valley Health System
- Matt Dawson, WesBanco
- Debra Roach, PhD, Penn State University – Beaver Campus
- Stephen Catanzarite, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
- Kristen Doerschner, Penn State University – Beaver Campus
- Desirable Housing Council – John Hayward, Michael Baker/Robert Morris University (retired)
- Economic Development Taskforce – Dennis Nichols, Consultant and Chair, Economic Development Task Force of Beaver County
- Good Governance Council – Daniel Rossi-Keen, Project Manager, RiverWise
- Quality Education Council – Dr. Debra Roach, Director of Continuing Education, Penn State Beaver
- Quality of Life Council – Bethany Williams, City of Beaver Falls Community Development