As a county, we’re facing new demographic changes that present unique challenges to our continued economic and community development. Reimagining Our Westmoreland was created to engage with the community and develop strategies that address these critical issues.
Since 2000, the county has lost almost 20,000 residents. As the size of our workforce follows population trends, what does this change present for employers? Throughout the public engagement process, we heard from hundreds of employers that finding a stable workforce is among their top concerns.
How are we going to solve this? Through exhaustive public outreach, engagement and problem solving, seven core objectives were developed that include: 1) Align Workforce, Education, Employers, and Entrepreneurship, 2) Discover Westmoreland, 3) Reposition Our Towns, 4) Connect with Parks and Nature, 5) Build Healthy and Whole Communities, 6) Plug into the New Economy, and 7) Create Transportation Choices. These core objectives address our central problem of an aging and declining population. They represent a holistic approach to economic and community development. However, nearly every strategy that supports the core objectives requires regional cooperation and partnership.
Municipal officials in the 11 municipalities of Planning District 1 are invited to the kick-off on June 24, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Allegheny Township Municipal Building, 136 Community Building Road, Leechburg, PA 15656. Arrive by 6:15 PM for a light bite and networking. All municipal officials are invited to attend, please RSVP here.