School Affirms Westchester as Destination for International Community
The EF International Academy has won approval from the town of Mt. Pleasant to open a second boarding school in Westchester—signifying that the campaign by the WCA’s BLUEPRINT for Westchester to attract international attention to the county is working.
“We’re thrilled to see this expansion, and look forward to welcoming 800 additional students to Westchester,” said Marissa Brett, the WCA’s executive director of the BLUEPRINT initiative, driven by the private sector. “With our proximity to Manhattan, mass-transit network, and world-class art and culture, Westchester is a great place where people from all over the world can succeed.”
The EF International Academy, a for-profit Swiss school that currently operates a private, international boarding school on the former Marymount College campus in Tarrytown, is set to purchase IBM’s former Thornwood Conference Center on Columbus Avenue. School officials hope to open in September 2014, hiring up to 100 new employees and enrolling students from the U.S. and abroad.
Shawna Sullivan, a spokeswoman for EF International Academy School, says doing business in Westchester works.
“Tarrytown and the entire Westchester County community have been incredibly supportive of EF’s mission, and we look forward to keeping our presence in Tarrytown while exploring expansion options in Thornwood,” said Sullivan, according a Westchester Business Journal report.
The WCA’s efforts to compete for global business include the formation of its World Trade Council, which facilitates trade opportunities for companies located within Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley, and promotes the county as a place for international presence and investment. The WCA’s Blueprint for Westchester’s International Showcase for 50 foreign trade commissioners was a huge success last year and another is planned for 2014.