Issue Date: April 8, 2021
ICYMI: Exciting News from the WCA!
The WCA is one of seven lead organizations to have been selected by US Ignite, a national non-profit accelerating the smart city movement, to participate in Project OVERCOME. This exciting news was announced at a press conference on March 30th.
WCA Executive Board Member Chris Fisher accepting award at national press conference.
 Click Here to watch the entire press event. (Start at minute 17:00 to see the WCA's section.)
As part of this grant, the WCA will spearhead a 12-month pilot program, for which they have been granted $450,000 in funding. Named for the community it will serve, the Yonkers Zone (Y-Zone), is designed to pilot a digital equity solution in the underserved community of downtown Yonkers, New York. In order to accomplish this innovative and ambitious endeavor, the WCA has partnered with the City of YonkersSTEM AllianceYonkers Partners in EducationFordham University and Westhab. These partners will be working hand in hand and each will bring contributed resources to the project to make it a success. 

“Digital connectivity has been a key focus area for the WCA for several years. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly shed more light on the effects of a long-standing digital divide in our region. Instantly, real time video platforms became the norm in work from home, remote learning, and telemedicine environments and those without broadband and wireless communications were left in real hardship,” said Michael Romita, President & CEO, Westchester County Association. “We are pleased to have been selected by US Ignite to take part in Project OVERCOME to test innovative approaches that connect people quickly, and that have the potential to expand not only to the rest of Westchester County, but set the standard for other communities nationwide.” 

WCA In The News!
In case you missed it, the WCA's Business Intel Newsletter was featured in a recent edition of the Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journals.
Key highlights include:

  • President's Message reflecting on one year since the pandemic and WCA's multi-sector approach to our economic recovery efforts
  • Key initiative updates in healthcare & workforce
  • Member spotlight on Berkeley College & More!

PSA from Our Healthcare Partner
“The fastest and safest way to achieve herd immunity –– the point at which such a high percentage of the population is immune that the virus will eventually run out of new victims –– is through vaccination. The individual decision to become vaccinated doesn’t just protect you and your loved ones, it contributes to protecting all of us. It’s the first step on the road to resuming normal school, work and social activities, and it’s the way we get our economy moving again,” said Wendy Darwell, president and CEO of SHANYS.

The Suburban Hospital Alliance of NYS (SHANYS) recently launched its "Have You Herd" social media campaign to assist regional vaccination efforts on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley.
WCA Spring Events
The WCA Spring events calendar is available and registration is open! Featured topics include telehealth/digital infrastructure, workforce development and affordable housing.
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Member News & Announcements
To submit your organization's news, send information to cbarry@westchester.org
Inc. Magazine ranked White Plains-based Copy & Art number 116 on its second annual Inc. 5000 Regionals: New York City Metro list, the most prestigious ranking of the New York City area-based private companies. "Our team’s unparalleled creativity in developing innovative marketing and communications strategies has propelled our business forward. Clients love our fresh ideas and attention to detail that help elevate their brand,” says Elena Rivera-Cheek, Chief Creative Officer and Founder of Copy & Art. Read More Here.
Congratulations to Rita Mabli, WCA Board Member and President & CEO of United Hebrew on being named a Westchester Magazine Healthcare Hero! With no playbook in hand when the pandemic began, Rita went above and beyond to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of her residents and staff. Pay tribute to our healthcare heroes on May 13th at the virtual livestream awards ceremony. More Info Here.
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services announced the acquisition of Adams Consulting Engineers, Inc. headquartered in Dallas with additional offices in Austin and Tyler, Texas. The acquisition, only the second in Langan’s 50-year history, helps accelerate the firm’s growth in Texas, where Langan has operated since 2015 in Houston. With this move, Langan now has more than 1,300 employees across 36 offices.
Pace University is poised to transform Lienhard Hall, home to its College of Health Professions on the Pleasantville campus, into a modernized Healthcare Hub with the help of $1 million in state funding. With these critical funds, Pace will add important programing for students preparing for careers in the region’s burgeoning healthcare and biotechnology sector while adding to, and modernizing, existing lab, classroom and simulation space -- all with the goal of meeting the ever-changing technology demands in the healthcare sector and preparing much needed nurses in New York State. Read More Here
The April issue of ArtsWestchester's ArtsNews is now available online. This month features the return of in-person arts performances, National Poetry Month events, an exhibition about migration at the Hudson River Museum, Friends of Music Concerts presents Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and more! Click Here to Read.
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