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Director of Regional Competitiven...

Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation
2158 Avenue C
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017
United States

Company Description: "LVEDC is a great organization to network with other business leaders," he responded when asked why he's serves on the OMWOB board of directors. "Originally that's...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation
  • Board Member
    Carbon County Chamber of Commerce

Education

  • degree , Broadcasting
    San Francisco State University
  • Master's program
    Pennsylvania State University and Economic Development
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www.carbonecon.com, 22 May 2013 [cached]
Dawn Ferrante Executive Director
Dawn is the Executive Director of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation and also has a dual role as the Director for the Carbon County Economic Development Department. She has held both positions since February of 2009. Dawn is responsible for supporting local businesses, attracting new business, and developing entrepreneurs in Carbon County. Prior to her role in Economic Development, Dawn was a business and technology consultant and was a project manager on large implementations for Verizon, AT&T, and many other Fortune 500 clients for more than 17 years.
Prior to working in the corporate world, Dawn owned her own business in San Francisco for five years and participated in an Entrepreneurship program (www.rencenter.org) that gave her training and financing to get her business going. Dawn is a strong proponent of entrepreneurship as an economic development strategy, especially in smaller rural areas. Dawn is looking to bring an entrepreneurship coaching program to Carbon County (and surrounding Counties) that works to develop the capabilities of small business owners.
Dawn has a degree in Broadcasting from San Francisco State University and began her career in the multimedia industry in the Bay Area developing educational and game titles. She is also currently enrolled in the Master's program at Pennsylvania State University in Community and Economic Development. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association and well as the International Economic Development Council where she is participating in a coaching program for economic developers.
Originally from California, she has lived in Denver, CO and Bridgewater, NJ prior to moving to Pennsylvania where she has resided since 2002.
Dawn Ferrante, executive ...
www.tnonline.com, 19 July 2013 [cached]
Dawn Ferrante, executive director of the CCEDC, gave a summary of the organization.
She said on April 1, the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce merged with the counties Economic Development Corporation to form the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation.
"It's our job to help Carbon County businesses to grow and thrive," said Ferrante.
Dawn Ferrante, director of ...
www.tnonline.com, 19 Sept 2012 [cached]
Dawn Ferrante, director of the Carbon County Office of Economic Development and chairperson of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, explained that Carbon County is a unique place, in that it has everything from tourism to manufacturing to energy resources; but it has some major challenges as well, including the lack of a properly trained workforce, as well as a high unemployment rate.
She noted that there is a great opportunity to promote a strong workforce development program in the county through the Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe, but many don't take advantage of the programs offered.
Ferrante asked the committee how can they promote people getting trained; what can be done to change and create business-friendly regulatory policies; and funding.
"Our future is dependent on finding ideas and innovative ways to remove obstacles of development while still maintaining public safety," she told the committee.
Masser asked Ferrante about her thoughts on regulations.
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Ferrante said that the perception is that the jobs available here, which are blue collar, are "dirty jobs" so people don't want to do them; when in fact they are highly skilled jobs that need training.
"Some of these entry level jobs begin at $30, $40, or $50,000 a year, but how do we get people to say 'I want to be trained,'" she said.
Ferrante added that she was very proud of the manufacturing base in Carbon County.
Dawn Ferrante, executive ...
www.tnonline.com, 25 Mar 2013 [cached]
Dawn Ferrante, executive director of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, explained that the privatization of the Carbon County Economic Development Office has been in the works for four years and is finally coming to fruition.
In 2009, the county received notice from the state Department of Community and Economic Development that the county cannot be the organization that finds available lending sources for area businesses.
Under the requirements, the organization that does the lending funds must be a non-government entity, be a member-based organization with at least 30 members, and complete annual trainings for credits.
Ferrante said that this put the county in the position of not being able to help businesses because it couldn't lend state funds that were available because it didn't meet the above requirements.
"Any money from the state that is a loan would not be accessible to us," she noted. "So they started the conversation about privatizing the economic development office."
To meet the requirements and become an asset for area businesses needing financial help with economic development projects, the economic development office, which Ferrante heads, will be privatized into the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation; combined with the Carbon County Industrial Development Authority, which will be dissolved; and merged with the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.
"It's been a four-year process in trying to get us basically to become one unified organization," Ferrante said, noting that the CCEDC has been around since 1984 but never had any staff paid through the corporation.
The privatization of the economic development office into the corporation now allows the corporation to be staffed, and will be partially funded through a grant given annually by the county.
Ferrante continued that after looking at the new budget for the corporation, which includes overhead costs, training fees and moving the operation into a private facility, it was determined that the board needed to look at partnering with another group in the area.
Over the last 18 months, Ferrante and the board looked into options and began discussions with the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.
"It makes sense to bring these two groups together because they do the same things," Ferrante said, noting that the corporation handles financial support for businesses while the chamber supports these businesses. "It just made sense to go in this direction."
Ferrante, who also chairs the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, explained that the chamber was in the process of restructuring because its current dues sharing system was no longer working between the local chambers and councils that comprised the county chamber due to rising costs.
To find the solution to keep the chamber as a source for county businesses, Ferrante proposed to the local chambers and councils, the end to the dues sharing system; as well as either continue as part of the Carbon County Chamber or go another direction. Jim Thorpe's chamber has already decided to pursue another avenue and will focus on tourism within the borough.
All other chambers and councils are currently making a final determination on their type of participation in the future of the organization; however, if the recent vote from the groups on the merger is any indication, members overwhelmingly approve of the idea of working together, Ferrante said, noting that over 142 members have voted in favor of the merger so far.
Dawn Ferrante, CCCC ...
www.tnonline.com, 25 Mar 2013 [cached]
Dawn Ferrante, CCCC chairperson, thanked the business for sponsoring the mixer.
"Please tour the downstairs," Ferrante said. "It's a beautiful facility."
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