Issue Date: November 18, 2020
WCA Wishes Our Members a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
WCA's Healthcare Consortium Discusses
Challenges & Opportunities for Our Region
Key legislative advocacy updates, new HITE platform & growing bio-science sector
Members of the WCA Healthcare Consortium, comprised of representatives of world-class healthcare providers and others, recently gathered virtually to share insights and perspectives on the current healthcare environment in our region.

For more information on WCA's healthcare initiative, contact Amy Allen.
Key Takeaways:

  • Completing 2020 and gearing up for 2021, there will be a renewed focus on a “Community Reinvestment” plan for the for-profit managed care plans. The WCA plans to convene a sub-committee to work with HANYS and Suburban Alliance to develop a legislative action plan.

  • Greater NY Hospital Association gave a demonstration of their Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE) platform. It’s an excellent tool for finding community resources for many social services, including food assistance, Covid-19 testing sites and many other useful links for providers, patients and the general community and is updated regularly. More information here

  • Strategic consultants recently hired by the County determined that Westchester County represents 20% of the statewide life science employment and ranks within the top 10 in the sector in the entire U.S. The strategic plan also called for the establishment of an Engineering program in Westchester to help create a talent pipeline- something the WCA has long advocated for. 
Key Stakeholders Working on Digital Equity and Infrastructure
A broad cross section of stakeholders, including technology providers, non profits, business community, government, K-12 and higher education are working vigorously to create efficient and effective ways enhance our regional digital infrastructure and help close the digital divide. To learn more or join the effort, contact Julia Emrick.
Act Now: Racial Equity Survey
The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, with the help of Nonprofit Westchester, is conducting a 5 minute survey. This project started pre-COVID 19 and the importance of the center is even more apparent now given recent acts of violence against people of color and the disturbing health, educational other data around the disparate impact of COVID-19 on people of color. Give vital input from the business sector by taking the survey today: Take Survey Now
Want to Launch a BioScience Startup?
As a means to enhance our regional BioScience Ecosystem, Westchester County is now accepting applications for the 2021 Westchester BioSciences Accelerator program. This 6-month program is designed to provide entrepreneurship education and regional networking to seed-stage ventures preparing to build their teams and secure funds. Innovators with therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, research tools, digital health and materials technology breakthroughs are invited to apply. More Info Here.
Member News & Announcements
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The Guidance Center of Westchester offers essential and lasting support to those in our communities challenged by mental illness, substance abuse, poverty, and homelessness. They empower participants to become active members of their community through education, treatment, housing, rehabilitative, and vocational services. Their Mission is to o improve the well-being of people of all ages through innovative and effective programs that enable everyone to learn, work, and thrive. More Info Here.
JetBlue and Northwell Direct have partnered to provide long-term COVID-19 health solutions. The customized set of solutions will include COVID-19 testing, round-the-clock coronavirus guidance and access to additional clinical services. The program, which is expected to evolve and expand based on needs, is designed to detect and prevent COVID-19 and to aid in the recovery of the airline industry. Read More Here.
PKF O'Connor Davies will be hosting a live webinar on Year-End Tax Planning on December 3rd. It’s time for individuals and businesses to consider year-end tax strategies and opportunities. Join tax specialists as they explore strategies for addressing year-end income, gift and estate tax planning as well as CARES Act-related tax changes. More Info Here.
The U.S. Department of Energy has praised Pace University and highlighted its efforts to save energy and reopen its buildings safely. Through quick action and a commitment to reopening all three campuses — its undergraduate and graduate campuses in Lower Manhattan and Pleasantville, and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains—in a safe and sustainable manner, Pace was able to achieve 30% to 40% energy savings compared to the same period in 2019. Read More Here.
KeyBank recently announced that John J. Manginelli, Northeast Regional Executive for KeyBank Real Estate Capital, will assume an expanded role that includes Market President for Key’s Hudson Valley/Metro New York market. As market president, Manginelli will drive collaboration and coordination of Key activities and resources in the market, as well as serve as the face and voice of Key in the community. He will also continue to lead Key’s real estate capital business throughout the northeast. Read More Here.
Wegmans is making Thanksgiving cooking easier than ever! Catering orders are now available through Meals 2GO at select stores. Choose carryout, curbside pickup or delivery for all your favorite holiday dinners and appetizers! More Info Here.
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