March 2021 NEDA talk


Diversity + Economic Development in Practice: Thoughts from an Emerging Leader in the Field

Join us on Tuesday, March 16 at noon for this lunchtime opportunity for roundtable style informal networking with economic development colleagues.

Economic and Community Development Professionals: How do young practitioners affect change? How do you get initiatives moving forward? How do you develop your voice? What challenges do you and have you faced entering the field of economic development?

Communities: What happens when you want to embrace diversity, but miss the mark?

Jobany Bedoya is a well-known leader in the Latino community in Pennsylvania. He is the Director of Development for ASSETS, a non-profit that works with start-up businesses to form a more ethical economy. They work in grassroots economic development by providing significant training and financing for entrepreneurs.

Jobany is also an entrepreneur extraordinaire and owns Red Tie Affairs. He has successfully developed regional premier networking events called Diversity Mixers, providing a platform for entrepreneurs and professionals of all ages to come together in a safe and mentoring environment to learn how to find their voice.

Jobany will present his experiences and challenges as a Latino young professional and how he developed successful collaborations and partnerships to effect meaningful community change.

Join us for this relevant and interactive event!

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Jobany Bedoya
Director of Development, ASSETS

Jobany’s love for the community and empowering others has been his passion for many years. He completed his associate degree in business studies at Harrisburg Area Community College in 2014. He is currently the Director of Development for ASSETS Lancaster, a nonprofit organization that assists start-up and existing businesses through training, lending, and consulting.  

His previous professional experiences include small & minority business support, banking, and retail management. He is also an entrepreneur and owns Red Tie Affairs, a mobile DJ and entertainment company, and Diversity Mixers, a networking and small business support group throughout Central Pennsylvania.

Jobany has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and committees in Lancaster and Berks Counties. In 2013, he also founded Union Colombiana, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the Colombian culture through arts. He currently serves as the board President for The Council on Chemical Abuse and Chair to the LatinX Caucus of Lancaster County. He‘s also on the board of directors for the Ephrata Public Library.

During his free time, Jobany enjoys spending time with his family and loves playing different sports such as basketball, volleyball, and soccer. He also coaches youth soccer and basketball in his hometown of Ephrata. He is very passionate about his work, community, and family.