Monthly gospel cafe tabbedFriday Jan, 25, 2008

Gospel Cafe' at Hutchinson Fellowship Hall (825 Lumber St. Coatesville). Starts at 7:00 p.m.

Economic review and outlook is the subject of a breakfast briefing at Economic Development Council

The Chester County Economic Development Council is hosting a breakfast briefing centering on an economic review and outlook for 2008 on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008.

The briefing is being given by Ryan Sweet of Moody's, Lynn Mander of First National Bank of Chester County and Gary Smith of the Chester County Economic Development Council. The 4th annual review is being sponsored by Shire Pharmaceutical.

The panelists will analyze growth trends, provide project updates, identify challenges, discuss broad economic development strategies, and offer their perspectives on where the regional, national and global economies are heading in the coming year. Breakfast and registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with the program concluding at 9:30 a.m. The event takes place at the Economic Development Council at 737 Constitution Drive, Exton. The cost is $25 for CCEDC members and $35 for non-members. To register, please contact Kathleen Nader at 610-458-5700 ext. 210 or

Carol Aichele elected Chair of Chester County Commissioners

Carol Aichele was elected Chair and Terence Farrell Vice Chair of the Chester County Commissioners on Monday.

The votes by the three members of the board were unanimous. "I'm happy and excited to second the nomination of Carol Aichele as Chair," said Commissioner Kathi Cozzone. "Carol is someone with vast governmental experience."

Aichele promised to do her best to serve the citizens of Chester County. "I'm looking forward to working with Terence and Kathi," Aichele said. Aichele is in her second term as Chester County Commissioner and has been the board's Chair for the past two years.

Aichele, Farrell and Cozzone were elected in November. Aichele is the only returning commissioner. They took their oaths of office on Sunday at West Chester University.

Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce to host Membership Extravaganza

The Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce (WCCCC) will host a Membership Extravaganza on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Lukens Executive Office Building, 50 South 1st Avenue, Coatesville, Pa.

This will be WCCCC's first networking event of the year and area business people are invited to come and discover why the WCCCC is a great place for resources, events and ideas for businesses.

Besides networking opportunities, the event will include wine tasting by Twin Brook Winery, music by pianist Ed Palamar, who is sponsored by the Lukens Band, light refreshments by Kelly Caterers, and door prizes.

Current WCCCC members who bring new members to the Extravaganza will receive a 20 percent discount on this year's dues renewal for each new member they sign up.

New members who sign up to join WCCCC at the event will be entered in a drawing with a grand prize of a free, one-year membership.

The Extravaganza is being hosted by the Stewart Huston Charitable Trust. Lead Event Sponsors are Freedom Village and Kelly Caterers. Event Sponsors are Harrison Senior Living, The O'Meara Law Firm and Taylor & Ochroch. Event Co-Sponsors are French Creek Golf Club and Thorndale Press.

The WCCCC's service area includes Caln, East Brandywine, East Fallowfield, Highland, Honey Brook, Atglen, Christiana, Gap, Modena, Sadsbury, Valley, West Brandywine, West Caln, West Fallowfield, West Sadsbury, Parkesburg, Pomeroy, Sadsbury, South Coatesville and the City of Coatesville.

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