McKnight to Lead Pennsylvania’s Economic Development Association

by | Jan 6, 2022 | News

Altoona Blair County Development (ABCD) Corporation CEO, Stephen McKnight, has been appointed to serve as President of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) effective January 1, 2022. “It is an honor and privilege to take on this leadership role and to work with my economic development colleagues across the Commonwealth to help ensure that Pennsylvania is as competitive as it can be in attracting and retaining new investment, businesses and the talented people who run them,” McKnight said. “It’s a unique and challenging time as we plan for the Pandexit (pandemic exit), advocate for a robust and fully open economic recovery and contend with an open Governor’s race. There is a lot on PEDA’s agenda, and we are all eager to take on the challenge,” he added.

With more than 30-years experience in “placed-based” economic development strategies, McKnight has assisted with numerous business expansion projects resulting in millions of dollars of total investment. He has served on the PEDA Board for the last six years and has co-Chaired the Advocacy Committee for the past four. He will now serve as President for a two-year term.

About PEDA

The Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) is the statewide association of local, state, corporate and non-profit economic development professionals.

PEDA’s mission is to promote sound economic development policies, provide leading-edge economic development education and nurture an effective statewide economic development network to foster the economic growth of the Commonwealth.

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