Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor | New year, new initiatives

Included in the Centre Daily Times’ “Wishes for the new year” editorial on Sunday is the desire for a more diverse local economy, with Penn State at its center, but where other industry sectors — health care, manufacturing, real estate, etc. — gain strength.

Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County members couldn’t agree more.

As CBICC heads into 2014, the organization’s scope of work will be focused on restoring greater balance to the region’s economy, building on the tremendous economic engine that is Penn State in order to create a more robust private sector.

The fresh ideas, world-class research, intellectual property and potential skilled workforce that go along with being a university town provide us with an excellent, ready-made template for growth.

By fully capitalizing on what we already have, we can build what we need for long-term economic vitality.

In the weeks and months ahead, CBICC and its members will be engaged in a number of new initiatives designed to do just that by strengthening our focus on entrepreneurship, fostering the retention and growth of existing businesses and actively recruiting and supporting new businesses.

We are excited about the potential the new year holds for the economy and look forward to our continued role in making Centre County a great place to live, work and do business.

Vern Squier

The writer is president and CEO of the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County.