Recruiting Local Talent and Building Regional Partnerships has Far-Reaching Appeal for Westchester Businesses

Westchester County enjoys one of America’s most favorable business climates, especially in regarded to the quickly growing fields of biotechnology, healthcare, and food service and hospitality.

Dan Conte, Westchester Marriott Hotel

Photo by Bill Milne

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At The Dannon Company, makers of the top-selling yogurt brand in the world, the fact that Westchester County is home to several other successful food and beverage companies leaves a good taste in the mouth of Michael Neuwirth. “We have access to a terrific talent pool for recruiting purposes,” says Dannon’s Senior Director of Public Relations.

Furthermore, it’s a diverse talent pool of high-quality candidates. Neuwirth explains, “Just because someone might not have previously worked with yogurt or dairy products, they might have experience in sales with groceries or other retailers.” He adds that a talent hunt near the company’s White Plains headquarters might also uncover skills ranging from packaging and logistics to finance and information management – the possibilities are numerous.

It’s no secret that Westchester County enjoys one of America’s most favorable business climates. The county’s unbeatable access to the New York City metropolitan area, its vast array of lifestyle amenities and its extraordinary collection of highly skilled workers are just a few of the reasons why Westchester is the ideal place to expand or relocate production facilities, distribution centers and retail outlets.

But all of this is further enhanced by something else: an entrepreneurial culture that encourages commercial interests to seek common ground and work formally or informally – with proactive government support – for the benefit of all.

Westchester County’s Office of Economic Development sees an incredible upside to this so-called “business clustering” concept. “As we emerge from the Great Recession, many business owners realize their continuing survival is dependent, in part, on forming regional partnerships that strengthen the overall economic atmosphere within which they operate,” says Laurence P. Gottlieb, the county’s Economic Development Director. “When many previously disconnected companies come together and speak with one voice, one purpose, the likelihood of success for the group is greater.”

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