Issue Date :: October 14, 2020
Join us for our Annual Leadership Event celebrating the achievements of great leaders and looking towards a strong future

Thursday, November 19, 2020
4:00 PM
Event Highlights:
Keynote Address by Dr. Philip Ozuah, President & CEO, Montefiore Medicine
WCA President Inaugural 'Vision for the Future' Remarks by Michael N. Romita
Presentation of WCA Leadership Awards & Al DelBello Visionary Award
Healthcare Heroes Video Tribute
WCA Continues Advocacy and Education on 5G & Broadband
Special Report from Chris Fisher & NYS Wireless Association
WCA Executive Board Member Chris Fisher, managing partner at Cuddy & Feder, former president of NYS Wireless Association (NYSWA) shared with the NYSWA membership three key action items to advance digital connectivity in the region that are included in the WCA's recently-published "Towards a Stronger Future" report:

  • Advocating for clear and consistent state and municipal digital policies that drive the private sector’s investment in broadband infrastructure locally;
  • Leveraging emerging technologies for smart cities and smart buildings that help constituents and spring-board the local economy forward; and
  • Addressing the digital divide through partnerships, education and workforce training so that no person is left behind in the next chapter of economic growth and prosperity

WCA continues to engage stakeholders in digital connectivity and other sectors as we work toward advancing the long-term economic recovery of our region. Contact Julia Emrick to get involved.
ICYMI: Panel Discussion from the Banking & Finance Industry
On October 1, banking experts from PCSB Bank, Sterling National Bank, KeyBank, and M&T Bank, joined the WCA for a panel discussion where they provided an update on the status of the finance and banking industry, answered questions from the audience, and shared their perspectives on the pace of recovery of our regional economy amidst the pandemic.
Westchester County Clean Energy Solutions Seminars
This seminar will demonstrate how you can play a role in creating healthier and cleaner homes and businesses in your community. Learn about clean energy incentives, resources, funding, and ways to save money through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Con Edison.
Maximize Access to Clean Energy Benefits:
  • Learn how businesses can reduce their energy bills, improve reliability, reduce risk of fuel price fluctuations, and heat and cool their buildings without fossil fuels
  • Get the latest information on natural gas alternatives
  • Master ways to reduce natural gas use in existing buildings
  • Hear the latest on the Clean Energy Action Plan, which supports residents and businesses who adopt clean energy technologies

Member News & Announcements
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Welcome New Member:
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a non-governmental organization headquartered at the Bronx Zoo in New York City, that aims to conserve the world's largest wild places in 14 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world's biodiversity. This information is outlined in WCS's 2020 strategy, which positions WCS to maintain its historic focus on the protection of species while developing an ambitious plan to engage with a rapidly changing world. Learn More Here.
Mercy College was recently awarded a prestigious $3.2 million grant to support nursing students with financial need over the next five years through a Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program. After a competitive selection process, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) — which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — awarded the grant to 86 colleges and universities nationwide, only three of which are in New York State. More Info Here.
Wendy Darwell, currently the vice president/COO of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC) and the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association (NorMet), both divisions of the Suburban Hospital Alliance of New York State (SHANYS), will assume the role of president/CEO effective January 1, 2021. The appointment was recently announced by the board chairs of the two regional hospital associations and the president/CEO of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), which manages the regional associations. More Info Here.
VNS Westchester and its affiliate agency, VNSW at Home, have relocated their headquarter offices to an expansive corporate center at 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. According to President/CEO, Timothy P. Leddy, the new space will accommodate the evolving needs of the home care agencies’ staff and the communities they serve. The new space brings together, for the first time, all of its affiliated agencies -- VNSW, VNSW at Home, and the VNSW Foundation – in one contiguous space. This will help the agencies to better leverage staffing and other complementary resources to provide a seamless continuum of high-quality home care for the over 10,000 patients served annually.
Westchester Community College is now offering workforce development classes at it's new location, the White Plains Education & Training Center. Classes will focus on the in-demand middle skills jobs (which require more than a high school diploma and less than an associate's degree) in IT, healthcare, hospitality, the service industry, and more. They provide short-term training and education leading to industry certifications to align the skills of the worker with the needs of the workplace. More Info Here.
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