William P. Harrington, Chairman of the Westchester County Association (WCA), announced today that Marissa Brett has been named President of the Westchester County Association, effective June 1, 2014. For the past three years, Ms. Brett served as executive director of the WCA and director of the BLUEPRINT for Westchester, the WCA’s dynamic economic development initiative to drive innovation and attract and retain business in Westchester County and the region. William Mooney, Jr., will remain as CEO of the WCA.
The RPW Group, one of region’s largest commercial real estate developers and a key investor in the Westchester County Association’s BLUEPRINT Accelerator Network, has big plans for building out its property at 440 Mamaroneck Avenue in Harrison. After purchasing the vacant former Citibank building, RPW leased half of the space; now, the Rye Brook-based company will invest $15 million in upgrading the building’s infrastructure, preparing another 176,000 feet of space for commercial occupancy, according to a report posted by The Journal News.
Westchester County is one of the hottest healthcare growth sectors in the nation. Major providers like Montefiore Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and New York Presbyterian have expanded here, complementing Westchester’s already substantial healthcare network. And with a 4,500 square foot biotech incubator opening this spring at New York Medical College, tech giants like IBM and Regeneron expanding, plus a growing roster of biotech companies like Acorda Therapeutics and Histogenetics, Westchester County and its $15 billion healthcare industry have captured the nation’s eye.
As Manhattan runs out of the right space and NYC real estate prices climb through the roof, entrepreneurs are looking north to Westchester as their tech, biotech, medtech, and healthtech firms expand. Now, with a 4,500 square-foot health tech incubator about to open at New York Medical College in Valhalla, and the expansion here of major healthcare providers like Montefiore Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Westchester County has never been in a better position to welcome the exploding health tech, biotech, medtech and pharma sectors.