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Issues Forum2022-06-13T10:53:11-04:00

Join the Pennsylvania Economy League Central as we explore the problem of blight in our local communities.

What tools can municipalities use to fight blight? What pending legislation will provide new resources? Is regional cooperation one answer?


  • Sen. David G. Argall, chairman of the Senate State Government Committee
  • Winnie M. Branton, author of The Pennsylvania Land Bank Resource
  • Phyllis Chamberlain, executive director of the Housing Alliance of PA

Moderated by PEL CEO LeeAnne Rogers and Communications Director Lynne Shedlock

Watch PEL’s Fall Issues Forum: Changes in the Workforce Post COVID-19. Co-Sponsored by MANTEC


  • Dr. Rakesh Kochar, senior researcher, Pew Research Center, on how COVID-19 impacted the employment of different demographic groups.
  • Dr. Greg Wright, Brookings Institution Fellow and University of California Associate Professor of Economics, on Brookings’ Workforce of the Future Initiative.
  • Carrie Amann, executive director, Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association, on workforce development from a state perspective.
  • Lucyann Vierling, executive director, Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance, on an integrated approach to workforce development from a regional and rural perspective.

Moderated by PEL CEO LeeAnne Clayberger

MANTEC is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) manufacturing service provider dedicated to meeting the needs of small and mid-sized manufacturing enterprises in South Central Pennsylvania. MANTEC was founded in 1988 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to support manufacturers with the resources they need to remain competitive and profitable within regional, national, and global economies.

Watch the Spring 2021 Issues Forum: Can Counties Help Combat PA’s EMS Crisis?

Issues with coverage, capacity and resources for emergency medical services in Pennsylvania have become increasingly critical and unsustainable in recent decades. Learn the roots of the problem and how proposed legislation would give counties a tool to help.

CCAP’s Lisa Schaefer moderated the discussion with state Sens. Lisa Baker and Tim Kearney, co-sponsors of pending EMS legislation; Don DeReamus, legislative chairman for the Ambulance Association of PA; and Mark Hamilton, Tioga County Commissioner, and Kevin Boozel, Butler County Commissioner, CCAP EMS Task Force Co-Chairmen.

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Fall 2020 Issues Forum

COVID-19’s Impact on Commonwealth Communities: Lessons Learned and New Challenges

PEL joined with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber to present a panel discussion on COVID-19 featuring former York Mayor C. Kim Bracey, current head of the DCED Local Government Services Office; David Black, president of the Harrisburg Chamber; and Assistant Professor George Dougherty of the University of Pittsburgh’s GSPIA. Watch below!

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