Jobs broker heralds seminar, partnership

County’s Hire One will offer free March 4 employment session in Exton

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Gary W. Smith (left), president and CEO of the Chester County Economic Development Council and Kevin Robins, CEO of the Midatlantic Employers’ Association, applaud their new partnership.

Hire One, an initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council, is announcing an employment seminar as well as a new partnership.

The free job information session will be held on Tuesday, March 4, and will cover using education, experience and skills to obtain a job in health care, advanced manufacturing and information technology, said a news release from the Chester County Economic Development Council.

The keynote presentation, “Boost Your Resilience,” will be given by Dean M. Becker of Kelleher Associates, LLC. Becker is an executive and consultant with more than 25 years of experience selling and delivering executive search, training and coaching services, the release said. Following Becker’s address, industry experts will talk about transferring experience to a new career. Local companies will be available to talk about job openings in the fields of health care, advanced manufacturing, and information technology.

The seminar, which will include a continental breakfast, will take place at the Chester County Economic Development Council, 737 Constitution Drive, Exton, from 8:45 a.m. until noon. To register, visit

Hire One’s partnership involves Midatlantic Employers’ Association (MEA), which will provide workforce development services, the release said.

Hire One is Chester County’s private-public partnership program designed to put the county’s unemployed back to work. In its third year of operation, Hire One works with more than 140 companies and a task force of employers, educational institutions and organizations to develop strategies for connecting job seekers to employment. Midatlantic Employers’ Association, located in King of Prussia, is a nonprofit with more than 400 members; it assists area companies by providing a complete range of human resource services, including regulatory expertise, training, benefits and compensation services.

“The partnership is a perfect match,” said Gary Smith, president and chief executive officer of the Chester County Economic Development Council. “The resources of MEA complement our Hire One mission, helping companies stay current as they address the changing needs of today’s employees.”

Hire One is an initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council in collaboration with the Chester County Workforce Investment Board, PA CareerLink and representatives from the public and private sector.   For more information, visit or contact Cherie Wright, project consultant at the Economic Development Council at



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