Harrisburg chamber VP leaving in April
Patricia Bucek has announced she will be leaving her position as vice president of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corp., in early April for a nonprofit opportunity in her hometown of Pittsburgh.
David Black, the organization's president and CEO, today sent out a news release to members informing them of the change. The chamber is currently taking applications for the role.
Bucek's new gig will be national director of marketing and talent attraction for Vibrant Pittsburgh, a nonprofit economic development organization established in 2010. It partners with companies and community groups in the Pittsburgh region to help recruit talent to the area to fill jobs.
"Pittsburgh is home for me," Bucek said. "This opportunity came about and it just sounded like the job was written for me."
Bucek was named vice president for both the chamber and CREDC in October as part of a leadership restructuring after Linda Goldstein retired from the organization last June. Bucek, who joined the organization in 2014, was previously the vice president of chamber operations.
Prior to joining the chamber, she was the executive director of the Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, a regional nonprofit that serves 28 counties. Before that, she was a director of business development for senior health management and a program director for PinnacleHealth System in Harrisburg.
Her last day at the chamber will be April 7. She will start in Pittsburgh on April 17.
"We're thrilled and looking forward to her starting," said Melanie Harrington, president and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh. "We consider it a win for Pittsburgh and bringing her back here."
Vibrant Pittsburgh has more than 30 member partners in the region, which has about 20,000 to 25,000 job openings on any given day.
For decades, the region saw its population decline as steel mills and factory jobs disappeared and people left the area for work.
But employment opportunities are returning, with large health care organizations and universities being magnets, as well as high-tech companies such as Google and other startups. However, there is a looming talent shortage.
Similar to the Harrisburg area, the nonprofit is pushing affordability and a safe family environment to recruit people to the Pittsburgh region. Growing workforce diversity in the region is a top priority, Harrington said.
"We need to make sure we're connecting with and engaging talent to come here and stay here," she said.
With Bucek starting, Vibrant Pittsburgh will have a team of seven people, Harrington said. "We're small but we're mighty."