Made in Fayette County

Last week I had mixed emotions listening to Fayette County Commissioner Dave Lohr and WMBS radio talk show host Russ Rhodes talk about Hi-Tech products made in Fayette County.

Another guest on the talk show was Dave Meredith. I met Dave in 2007 when he kindly accepted my request for a meeting so that I could learn about these products and Fayette County businesses. He was extremely helpful when we met at his office at Fayette Penn State. Later he accepted my invitation to speak at one of our BPW meetings. Also, recently he presented information during the Teachers in the Workplace project which I was told was well received by the students and teachers.

The information I learned in 2007 I placed on our county website. To my disappointment, this useful information was not transferred over to the County’s new website Also, my intent was to display this information at our visitor’s center but unfortunately that did not happen either. I believe that showcasing this information to tourist, students and parents benefit Fayette County. Tourist are interested and students would be shown that there are jobs in Fayette County.

Now here we are 12 years later. I tried to secure a 2nd commissioner to work with me on promoting Fayette County by validating Dave Meredith’ss list and then showcasing “Made In Fayette County”. No interest. But politicians are quick to claim to create jobs!!!! Lohr has been in office going on 4 years and is seeking re-election and just now learning of some of these companies and the Made in Fayette County products? So much could have been accomplished this past Term but their politics took control rather than working for a common goal.

Hopefully voters will change this at the polls.

In the meantime, see the link (7 pages) Dave Meredith’s  Unofficial/Unvalidated list of High Tech in Fayette County List (2006 and 2017) and be proud of and thankful for the Fayette County businesses.

Made In Fayette County

4 thoughts on “Made in Fayette County”

  1. The only solution to this situation is on election day a group of women will run for the Fayette County Commissioners Office. Then and maybe then, they will work together regardless of their political affiliation of which is not happening at the present time to enhance the workforce and job creation in our County. Perhaps then the population will not decrease because of the lack of sufficient employment for the High School and College Graduates who leave the area to seek jobs elsewhere.

  2. Hi Angela,

    We’ve had Dave Meredith address our Fayette Leaders Academy for the past two years. His 2017 list of “Made in Fayette” was adjusted from his earlier list by input from Fay-Penn based on our business contacts. Also, fyi, if you’ve watched our “Fayette Connection” videos, you’ll note we started by featuring organizations that can assist Fayette County businesses, but now we’re targeting highlighting the businesses themselves. These are being posted to YouTube and our website for anyone to see as a great marketing tool for the region.

  3. Richard,

    If you look within a 25 mile radius around Uniontown, there are over 3,000 jobs posted right now on indeed.com. Granted, not all of them are family sustaining, but a significant portion of them are, with companies like Boeing advertising who continue to expand here and are always looking for good people. As with virtually every other rural county in the country, our major challenge in growing our economy is a lack of qualified workers. (Some “Sun Belt” rural counties are really the only ones that have not lost population over the past decade or so. The majority, including many if not all of the rural counties in PA, have lost population, especially in the younger 18-24 demographic.) The biggest issue regarding our population loss isn’t jobs, but where “High School and College Graduates” as you put it choose to live, which increasingly is away from rural areas and towards metropolitan areas. Although closeness to family, our recreational quality of life, low cost of living, and slower pace is appealing to some, the growing trend for the “American Dream” is no longer a house in the suburbs, but having an apartment or condo in a hip, diversified, urban area, with walk-ability/mass transit access to work, life’s necessities such as fresh groceries, and play. Our toughest challenge is transitioning from baby boomer (my generation) to millennial (the leading edge now approaching their 40s) amenities.

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