Dr. Charles E. Patterson, president of Shippensburg University, Dr. Nicole Hill, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and Lorelee Isbell, executive director of the Career, Mentoring and Professional Development Center and Professional, Continuing and Distance Education, welcomed officials from the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) on Friday, September 9.

Almnus Gary Scicchitano, interim executive administrator for CAEDC and Janet Anderson, director of economic development for CAEDC, met with university administration to discuss a variety of topics and enhance collaboration. The discussion included strategic plans for both organizations, the current state of the regional labor market and opportunities to advance partnership and collaboration.

Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, was founded in 2005 by the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners. CAEDC is the County’s authorized agency charged with leveraging and promoting Cumberland Valley’s economic development and tourism assets to drive growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life. The unique organizational structure of CAEDC integrates economic development and tourism promotion services to provide a paramount resource for businesses, non-profits, local municipalities and residents. CAEDC’s programs are designed to support economic development within the county and surrounding region, primarily by attracting new businesses, assisting with the development, retention and expansion of businesses, and helping communities prepare for economic development opportunities. Marketing activities executed by the tourism arm of CAEDC, the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau (CVVB), promote Cumberland Valley as a travel destination, attract visitors to the area, enhance the visitor’s experience, and encourage overnight stays.