Advisory Board

Carmen Italia

Senior Economic Development Advisor

Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC), 1990-2011 -- President - Retired

While at MCEDC, Carmen was responsible for the creation and retention of tens of thousands of jobs with such companies as Lockheed Martin, Glaxo Smith Kline, Merck, Almac, Globus Medical, Packaging Progressions, BEC Machine Products, Fiber-Line, Inc just to name a few. He was a partner in the creation of the World Trade Center of Philadelphia, Select Greater Philadelphia and has made several trips abroad to promote business development on behalf of several local communities. Carmen is a true deal maker and facilitator.


At MCEDC Carmen was the chief executive fin charge of a full-service economic development organization that assisted companies in site and building location services, obtaining low-interest loans and grants for building acquisition, infrastructure, and machinery & equipment.  MCEDC worked closely with various municipalities throughout Montgomery County in developing their economic development plans, often acting as a liaison between businesses and those municipalities to overcome various problems (i.e., zoning, permitting, etc.)

Philadelphia Electric & Conowingo Power, 1988-1989 -- Economic Development Representative

Responsible for Northeastern Maryland and Chester County, PA

Montgomery County Industrial Development Corporation, 1978 - 1984 -- Deputy Director

Responsible for site and building location services, the Municipal Development and the Distressed Communities Programs.


Joe Ferry

Senior Communications Advisor

Joe is a seasoned public relations and marketing pro, with a diverse background that includes newspaper reporting and editing, community relations, corporate communications, and agency management.


His writing has appeared in several national and regional publications including The Morning Call, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. He has served as a spokesman for Delaware Valley College, the State Department of Environmental Protection, and the Pennnridge School District.

Joe has been telling stories since he was old enough to talk. Sometimes they would get him in trouble. Like the time he told his mother aliens abducted him from the backyard to explain how he wound up on the other side of a street he wasn't supposed to cross. He's been telling stories since he was old enough to talk.

As he got older, Joe stopped telling stories and started writing them. Whether it's a 20,000-word non-fiction history book for middle school students, or a 2,000-word college magazine profile, or a 200-word press release, Joe treats them all with professionalism. He finds the story and then communicates it to the right audience with the right words.