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CCED and West Shore Chamber Announce Economic Development Partnership

Partnership to revolutionize economic development in the West Shore


Carlisle, PA – A new era for economic development has begun.  Cumberland County Economic Development (CCED) and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce have agreed to a dynamic partnership in the delivery of economic development services.  This powerful alliance will guarantee businesses greater accessibility and awareness of the newest economic development tools as well as services.  “This partnership comes at the perfect time.  The economy has struggled to recover and as a result Cumberland County’s unemployment rate has doubled in the past twelve months.  In addition, CCED has been able to grow and expand its economic development services.  This partnership will help us deliver those new services faster to the West Shore business community thus creating more economic development and job opportunities“, said Omar Shute, CCED Executive Director. “The West Shore Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to offer this valuable resource to our members, and are excited to partner with CCED on this initiative”, said Kathleen Mangan, West Shore Chamber President & CEO. One of CCED’s main objectives is to assist businesses with economic development financing through its wide array of low interest loan programs including Small Business First and the SBA 504 program.  The partnership with the West Shore Chamber of Commerce will allow CCED unique access to the West Shore business community and hence the ability to market services more effectively.  “We are thrilled about this partnership,” said Shute.  He added; “we are confident this partnership will convert CCED and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce into market leaders in the delivery of economic development services to the West Shore business community.” This innovative partnership is the first step in developing new ways of better serving the area’s business development needs.  In addition, with the help of this partnership, both organizations will continue to be true to their missions.  The mission of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce is to represent, promote and facilitate business for the community.  The mission of CCED is to be a catalyst for job creation; entrepreneurship; business attraction, retention, and expansion on behalf of the citizens of Cumberland County and South Central Pennsylvania.  Through this partnership, both organizations have made a pledge to continue their unwavering commitment to the business community.


To learn more about how the CCED and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce could assist your business, interested parties are encouraged to contact Don Coffee at CCED at 717.240.7181 or via e-mail at [email protected] or Sandy Allison at the West Shore Chamber of Commerce at 717.761.0702 or via e-mail at [email protected].

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