Prosperity Indicator Community Conversations

The Prosperity Indicator Community Conversations help to get conversations started where leaders can come together to share ideas and discuss opportunities for topics that impact both the business and broader communities. To learn more about our Prosperity Indicators report, Click Here.

Past Prosperity Indicator Community Conversations

Prosperity Indicator Community Conversation - Heroin
Sponsored by T.W. Ponessa
During our inaugural program, held in February, we focused on the heroin and opioid epidemic that is crippling Lancaster County and our region. We started with a national and regional assessment on this crisis and then localized the issue and its impact. Local experts shared how business can play a role in combating this crisis, the impact heroin is having on the community and signs employers can look for, potential treatments options and more. Our panetlists included: Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman; Chuck Mazitti, owner, Mazitti & Sullivan; Bob May, executive director, Lancaster EMS; Chief of Police Don Bowers, New Holland Police; and Dr. Mike Reihart, medical director, Lancaster EMS & associate EMS medical director, Penn Medicine/LGH.

To learn what businesses can do to help find solutions, please check out the resources below:


Prosperity Indicator Community Conversation - Immigration Report

In order to find ways to better leverage the insight and expertise of the local immigrant population and help ensure these individuals are able to flourish alongside their neighbors, the Chamber hosted an Issue Conversation on April 5. The discussion featured presentations from representatives of New American Economy, who shared insights on the demographic and economic contributions of immigrants in Lancaster County and how they compare to other communities. Then, a panel of service providers, including representatives from ASSETS and Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon, as well as local employers from the agriculture industry, hospitality industry and more, shared how they are supporting and integrating new Americans - and how other businesses can do the same.

New Americans are finding their niche in our local economy and community. Read some of their inspiring stories, below:

ServSafe, Citizenship and French Macarons: Sylvie Bonin's Story

Never too Late to Learn: Ibsitu Asbaa's Story

To Be Here is a Dream: Maria and Yunier's Story