Workforce development efforts in Upper Montgomery County have been given a thumbs up from the Secretary of the State Depart. of Community and Economic Development. Alan Walker met with representatives of the Upper Perkiomen Chamber of Commerce Thursday in East Greenville.
“You go in to a lot of communities and you meet people who have a passion for their community and they want their community to have a future and that’s what I got out of this group today. They love their community, they love their region, but they know they have to do some things if the region’s going to have a future.”
The Chamber is spearheading a regional development program called “Perk Up.” One of its goals is to have grads from the local high school be more prepared to take on available jobs at manufacturing companies in the region.
Just last week, Merck announced it would cut 85-hundred jobs. Now, Israeli drug manufacturer, Teva, will eliminate five-thousand jobs. Teva’s U-S headquarters is located in Montgomery Township. Teva has nearly 7,000 U-S employees. The company has over 700 employees working in Montgomery Township. Teva announced in the spring that it would close its Bucks County facility in West Rockhill. The company will save 2-billion dollars by 2017 through the job cuts. It’s not known how many local employees will be impacted by the job cuts.