Issue Date: May 5, 2021
Update from Project Overcome :: New Hire!
WCA and its partners have been working hard since the official launch of Project Overcome, a federal grant funded by US Ignite. Our innovative Yonkers-based pilot (Y-Zone) creates a digital opportunity zone designed to provide a digital equity solution(s) for unserved and underserved residents in downtown Yonkers. (Read full program details here.)

Frantz Lucien, Jr. has joined the project team, taking on the critical role of Outreach & Community Engagement Coordinator. Frantz will be working with community members and stakeholders in Yonkers to lead adoption, enrollment, education and tech support efforts. He will be partnering with local agencies, non profits, schools, and others to reach households in need of this critical program.

Prior to joining this project, Frantz provided STEM education and programming for families throughout New York State for over 6 years. During his tenure, he managed five large scale programs for families living in transitional housing. These yearly programs provided STEM education, access and ownership to underserved families throughout NYC. His experience working with diverse populations coupled with his passion to empower underserved populations, makes Franz an excellent addition and qualified to spearhead all community efforts for the Y-Zone pilot.
WCA In the News!
Economic development is a hot topic in Westchester, as business leaders begin to set plans for a strong post-pandemic comeback. Our very own, Michael Romita, was featured in a discussion on this topic published in Westchester Magazine.

Many in the business community believe the county’s economy has the fundamentals in place to stage a strong recovery as vaccines become more available and schools transition back to normal operations. “We are pretty resilient,” says Michael Romita, president and CEO of the White Plains-based Westchester County Association. “We have a pretty diverse economic ecosystem. It is not dependent on any single sector of the economy.” Click Here to View Full Article
Important COVID-19 Updates from Our Members

The Westchester Medical Center (WMC Health) is looking for vaccine volunteers. If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering to give/support the NYS vaccination centers, Click Here to Register.

All help is welcome! It is a wonderful and very gratifying experience. Clinical staff are giving the vaccines (on-site refresher training is available) and non-clinical staff are helping with documentation in the NYS database and people/traffic flow.
Westmed Medical Group has many appointments available for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the following locations: White Plains (210 Westchester Ave); Ridge Hill/Yonkers (73 Market St.); and Rye (1 Theall Rd.). Any New Yorker over the age of 18 is able to receive the (free) Moderna vaccine. Click Here to Book Apt.

Westmed is committed to spreading the word and making the COVID-19 vaccine available to as many people as possible so that we can end this pandemic together. Contact Rebecca Graziano if you are interested in partnering on COVID-19 vaccine communication with your community.
On-Demand Viewing Now Available
WCA's Regional Workforce Development Summit is available for on-demand viewing! This event showcases how businesses are leveraging the “new normal” in training, recruiting, and retention development of our region’s talent. Special keynote address by NYS Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul. Click Here to Watch
WCA New Member Spotlight:
Established in 1944, LeChase prides itself on offering the capabilities of a large firm while maintaining the personalized service of a small firm. Today, the company ranks among the nation’s top contractors – providing general construction and construction management services in a wide range of industries and on projects of all sizes. With a dedicated team of professionals striving to deliver excellence, the firm has earned a reputation for quality, safety and integrity. In addition to serving customers from its operations across the East Coast, LeChase can provide resources to meet the unique needs of clients no matter where they are located. Click Here to learn more.
Member News & Announcements
To submit your organization's news, send information to cbarry@westchester.org
There's still time to nominate your organization for 914INC.'S 1st Annual
Best Places to Work! 914INC. is celebrating Westchester businesses that go the extra mile for their employees. Do they value their employees and provide a working environment that fosters productivity and well-being? Have they developed a workplace that supports and rewards a successful team? Tell us why they should be chosen for 914INC.’s Best Places to Work in Westchester. Click Here for more info.
Charlie Goldberger, Counsel to the Firm at McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, has been recognized for his work shepherding the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester through a critical time in the organization’s revitalization. Goldberger was among those honored in a virtual ceremony on April 22 held by the City of White Plains and the White Plains Youth Bureau honoring volunteers who have made the city a better place through their contributions as part of National Volunteer Month. Read More Here.
ArtsWestchester will reopen its gallery on May 7 with “Together apART: Creating During COVID,” an exhibition that reflects our shared experience during the year of the pandemic through more than 250 works of painting, photography, sculpture, craft, song, and other creative activities by 224 Hudson Valley artists. “Together apART” is an exhibition of the creative projects that gave meaning and purpose to our lives at an unprecedented time. Read More Here.
White Plains Hospital has once again earned an “A” from healthcare watchdog The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grades. This marks the 5th consecutive time White Plains Hospital has received this designation for its achievements in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. White Plains Hospital remains the only healthcare facility in Westchester County to receive the highest possible rating. Read More Here.
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