Edward G. Edwards

Edward G. Edwards


Edward G. Edwards

Edward G. Edwards served as the president and chief executive officer of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth for 31 years. During much of that time, he also served as an administrator of the Columbia County Industrial Development Authority.

During his career, he was very active in the economic development of the Columbia County, and was instrumental in recruiting new businesses into the county and assisted with the expansion of many existing industries. He secured over $3 million in funding to create the Columbia County Business Park. Ed obtained over $4 million in state and federal funding to create the Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center which was dedicated by former Governor Ed Rendell in 2005.

In 2008, Edwards became involved in the fight to prevent the PA Turnpike Commission from imposing tolls on Interstate 80. He helped found and led the Alliance to Stop I-80 Tolling which counted over 40 chambers of commerce, economic development groups, visitors’ bureaus and local governments across the state, united to keep the important economic lifeline toll free.

Ed served as chairman of the Industrial Modernization Center which serves seven counties in Central Pennsylvania, and was a member of the board of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Council. He has also been very active in numerous professional organizations and is a past chairman of the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals. He was one of the founders of the Chamber’s leadership development program, Leadership Central Penn which serves Columbia and Montour Counties.