Westchester County Executive George Latimer this week launched a new MWBE Task Force to address the needs of Minority and Women Owned Businesses in Westchester.
Latimer acknowledged that MWBEs are an engine of economic development in Westchester County, and felt the establishment of a task force would create a platform to listen to the difficulties that face these businesses, in order to best tackle those challenges in the future.
Latimer said: “The bottom line is this – we need to attract businesses and keep businesses here in Westchester County to keep our economy thriving. When our businesses thrive our County thrives, and we want to partner with those businesses, large and small, to meet their employment needs and technology needs.”
Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, who was appointed to serve on the Task Force, said: “Having an inclusive and diverse business community and supply chain is good for business and economic growth. We are pleased to collaborate with County Executive Latimer and his team to focus on building the capacity of MWBEs.”
The first MWBE Task Force meeting was held on Tuesday, August 14, and members discussed how to move forward on increasing opportunities for MWBEs in Westchester County. Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins will serve as Chair.