Hometown Hospitality Summit 2021

Below is information about the Hometown Hospitality Summit: Making Visitors Feel Welcome! It is geared toward businesses and organizations in northwestern/northcentral Pennsylvania, although anyone is welcome to attend. To learn more about the speakers, click on their name and you will be taken to their bio. The registration link is below.

Hometown Hospitality Summit: Making Visitors Feel Welcome
June 14, 2020 at Kane Country Club (6654 Route Six, Kane, PA 16735)

Morning session, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: This is geared toward front line workers in the service industries that have first contact with visitors (hotels, restaurants, gas stations, retail stores, etc.), training managers and business owners. High school students working in the industry are also encouraged to attend! Here’s the schedule:

Keynote Speaker
Nick Scott, Jr., Vice President Owner of Scott Enterprises

Session 1: Choose a Positive Attitude!
William R. Kidd, Instructor at Penn State School of Hospitality Management  and Director Entrepreneurship & Innovation Hospitality Management Minor

Session 2: Directing Visitors to Regional Assets
Libby Bloomquist, Manager of PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge State Park

12 p.m.- Lunch provided for anyone participating in either session. Morning session only people feel free to stay for lunch and afternoon session only people feel free to come at noon!

Afternoon Session, 1 -4 p.m.: This is geared toward business owners, particularly those that own businesses that engage with visitors to your town. But any business owner is welcome! Here’s the schedule:

Panel Discussion with speakers
Breakout Session 1
Breakout Session 2

The day of the event you can choose to go to two of the following breakout sessions:

Beyond the Flyer: Amplify your Marketing with Storytelling
Hollie Geitner, Director of Communications at Duquesne Light Company
Robin Rectenwald, Account Supervisor at Word Write PR

Business Planning Post- Covid-19
Jason Strohm, IT/Business Consultant for Clarion University Small Business Development Center

What Does Workforce Solutions do for the Region?
Terry Hinton, Business Engagement Coordinator for Workforce Solutions for North Central PA
Pam Streich, Interim Executive Director for Workforce Solutions for North Central PA

Creating a Culture to Attract & Retain a Strong Workforce
Lisa Pustelak, Strategic Business Advisor & Employee Development Specialist at North West Industrial Resource Center

Hospitality Industry Opportunities & Challenges
Breakout session facilitator information coming soon!

There is no cost to attend this event, thanks to a grant North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission awarded to the Kane Chamber of Commerce to cover the costs for the day.

We encourage business owners to sign up for both the morning and afternoon sessions. 

Current CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing will apply.

The Kane Area Development Center is partnering with North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission, Northern Pennsylvania Regional College, PA Wilds and Clarion University Small Business Development Center to bring together a great team of speakers and presenters.

We would love to see a large turnout from the rural, northwestern part of the state, particularly the counties where our event partners serve: Armstrong, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Venango and Warren counties.

If you have any questions, please contact Kate at 813-837-6565 or director@kanepa.com.

Information on this page will be updated as necessary.