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Community Members Invited to Grow PA Discussion

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September 11, 2018

For the second consecutive year, the beautiful Borough of West Chester tops the 2018 list of Best College Towns according to (HSI).As befits the entity that compiled the list, internet connectivity is a prime factor they considered when they set their tool “The U.S. City You Should be Living In” to search for criteria that should be important to college students. They also evaluated low cost of living, walkability, low crime rate, and a predominantly single and educated population. The algorithm uses data from sites across the web, including,,, C2ER,, Kelly Norton, and Walk Score. “We adapted this tool to find cities with an ideal environment for college students,” notes HSI staffer Rachel Oaks.

West Chester University GROW PA

Community Members Invited to Grow PA Discussion about Ethical Decision Making: Equipping the Commonwealth’s Students with a Tool that Meets Employers’ Needs

West Chester University invites members of the Chester County community to contribute to a lively conversation with higher education and regional corporate thought leaders about the need for all students in the Commonwealth to graduate with an essential tool that will contribute to their success while meeting employers’ needs — ethical decision making.

Hosted by WCU, the discussion is one in a series organized by Grow PA, a statewide initiative organized by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia that convenes people and organizations throughout Pennsylvania to establish a modern economic growth agenda that will foster “Big Ideas” designed to strengthen PA’s future.

The discussion, which is open to the public free of charge, will take place on Thursday, September 27, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., at West Chester University, Alumni and Foundation Center, 202 Carter Drive, West Chester. Please visit to register. Seating is limited.

Panelists for the Grow PA discussion include:

  • Lorraine (Laurie) Bernotsky, WCU Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Marian Moskowitz, Vice Chairperson, Board of Directors, Chester Economic Development Council; Board of Governors Member, Vice Chairperson, Student Success Committee, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE); Secretary, WCU Council of Trustee Member
  • Nick Bayer, Chief Executive Office and Founder, Saxbys

It is fitting that West Chester University has partnered with Grow PA to coordinate such a timely discussion. The University’s President’s Corporate Advisory Board has been examining WCU’s general education core, which is designed to equip students with the necessary skills needed to work in today’s for-profit and not-for-profit environs. “As educators in the Commonwealth, we have a responsibility to prepare our students to be adaptable and to make sure that they have a tool kit with them at graduation that will enable them to transition to new opportunities,” said West Chester University President Christopher Fiorentino. “In this tool kit are those essentials required to be successful — ethical decision making, critical thinking, problem-solving, the ability to work in groups, as well as the ability to write and communicate well. If we do this, we will be preparing generations of students for life.”

About Grow PA

Beginning in the fall of 2017 as a virtual discussion with people from various sectors, Grow PA is an open-source initiative designed to engage Pennsylvanians from the business and civic communities. The initiative continues to be focused on three pillars: 1) modernizing all facets of PA’s infrastructure; 2) transforming post-secondary education; and 3) accelerating the development of innovation in health care technology and delivery.