By: G. David Sload, President-CEO, ABC Keystone
The Keystone Chapter has expanded its footprint from 10 counties of South-Central PA to a new footprint of 33 counties in Central PA. The Board of Directors for the ABC Central PA Chapter voted in May to have their Chapter consolidated into the ABC Keystone Chapter. Following this vote, your ABC Keystone Board of Directors voted to accept the consolidation. The final step was in June, when the National ABC Board voted to approve the consolidation as of June 14, 2022.
What does this mean for ABC Keystone?
I believe this is the “What’s Next” that I talked about in January. This is an exciting time for not just ABC Keystone, but for the entire construction industry within Central PA. This expansion in membership brings new connections, which means more opportunities for members to network. The move also brings expanded locations for education and training and additional entry points for workforce development.
Some may question, how we will serve a larger area while still providing quality service. It starts with an engaged Board of Directors to provide guidance along with an energized staff ready to take on this new challenge. In addition, ABC Central brought to the table a number of long-time legacy members that are excited and ready for the opportunities that ABC Keystone has to offer.
For the last several years, the Keystone Chapter has been providing government affairs services to ABC Central. As of this year, ABC Keystone has also been providing apprenticeship services for that area. Over the next several months you will see a roll out of education and networking opportunities. ABC Keystone members who have employees in these counties will now have more options for locations for these courses and events. Our hope is that our members will begin to cross pollinate to create an even more vibrant Chapter.
Yes, we are writing the next chapter of the “It” factor for ABC Keystone. Please join me in welcoming all of the current members in the Nittany Valley region. To quote past-chair Cliff Wilson, “We are Keystone Nation,” and we are looking forward to working together!
Posted June 21, 2022